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Working Conditions

Disclaimer: The information contained herein is of a general nature and is not intended to be legally binding for Cargolux in a particular case. Cargolux assumes no responsibility, warranty or liability whatsoever for the above content. Such information may be subject to legislative development and may not in any case supersede applicable laws & regulations, executed employment contract and Collective Working Agreement.

Cargolux Airlines International offers a permanent employment contract according to Luxembourg Labour Law regulations, which ranks among the highest employment standards within the EU. In addition, a Collective Working Agreement (CWA) has been adopted to ensure advantageous conditions for Cargolux employees. 

Your Roster

The roster is published 2 weeks in advance for a 28 day period.

A unique feature of a Cargolux pilot roster is that the off-days are allocated in 2 blocks:

  • One block of 6 off-days (Consecutive Off-Days – COD) that, once published, cannot be altered without the consent of the pilot and
  • One block of 3 off-days (Floating Off-Days – FOD) that can be altered in case of operational need, subject to minimum notification, rescheduling/compensation rules. Starting in 2017, the FOD block will carry the same value and guaranteed immobilization similar to a COD block, in 5 roster periods.

The block of Consecutive Off-Days (COD), layover destinations or specific rotations can be requested via a Preferential Bidding System.

  • Additional rest hours before Off-Days (Rest Before Off-Day(s) - RBO) progressively offered up to 2 full days per month.  

35 days of annual vacation and the benefit of an additional vacation day per year, up to 42 days on 7-years completed service.

Basic Salary for First Officers

Individual basic salary is regulated by our Collective Working Agreement (CWA). The current CWA foresees a yearly progression of the basic salary:

Basic salary – Annual remuneration (includes a progressive 13th month) for FO position

Year of employment

gross at index 794,54

1st year

49 935 EUR

2nd year

59 372 EUR

3rd year

62 836  EUR

4th year

66 390  EUR

5th year

75 927 EUR

Following years

Further yearly increase of salary foreseen by the current CWA

During the initial training period (approx. 2 months) the gross monthly salary is 3 649.10 EUR.

Per Diem, supplements for overtime, night work, Sundays work and public holiday work will be paid when applicable.

As per Luxembourg law, salaries are adjusted in line with the evolution of the cost of living (Indexation): If the consumer price index increases by 2.5 % during the previous semester, salaries are normally adjusted by the same proportion.

Picture: Kevin Fortney

Additional benefits*

  • Supplementary pension scheme
  • Several types of insurance for life, accident and disability
  • World-wide medical & accident coverage with repatriation scheme
  • Profit sharing plan
  • Loss of license insurance
  • Staff travel benefits for employee and his/her immediate family
  • Various part-time schemes to balance work and private life, providing 2 or 4 extra off-days per month or up to 5 complete roster periods off per year
  • Medical certificate, required license and endorsements renewals
  • Seniority bonus

*Some items may be subject to to qualifying period.

Social security

Pilots operating for Cargolux Airlines International S.A. are affiliated to the Luxembourg social security system according to European regulations.
Luxembourg's social security system is made up to cover and provide income security in the following fields: retirement pension, maternity and parental leave, occupational accident, disability, survivor's insurance, long-term care insurance and early retirement pension. It also provides social and family benefits.
Despite unmatched social benefits, the deductions from the gross salary are among the lowest in the EU at about 11% withholdings.

Health Care

Luxembourg's healthcare system is one of the best in Europe. The state provided healthcare system covers affiliated individuals (resident and non-resident employees) with medical coverage in case of sickness, work-related accidents or illness, maternity, disability and dependency for medical costs and loss of remuneration.
Immediate family members (i.e. spouse and dependents) could also benefit from social security coverage if not themselves affiliated.
More info can be found on http://www.cns.lu/assures/?m=11-0&p=31&language=en

Pension

Employees who have been affiliated at least 12 months in Luxembourg (and at least 10 years within the EU) may benefit at the legal retirement age from the Luxembourg pension allowance according to the time of affiliation in Luxembourg. The benefits of the Luxembourg state pension system typically exceed those of most European countries.

Child & Family allowance

The standard of child and family allowances in Luxembourg is one of the highest within the EU.
As a Cargolux employee, you are entitled to social benefits if you are EU/EFTA resident. As from August 1st 2016, child benefits amount to 265€ per child per month. The amount is not subject to tax in Luxembourg.
If you or the other parent already receive child allowance from another EU country, the Luxembourg government could pay a differential supplement subject to the current regulation.

http://www.luxembourg.public.lu/en/vivre/famille/parents/prestations-familiales/index.html

Taxation

Taxes in Luxembourg are relatively low compared to the other European countries. Additionally, some supplements are exempt from tax in Luxembourg.
Taxation depends on the country of residence and the application of a bilateral tax agreement between Luxembourg and your country of residence.  

In case of residency in Luxembourg, Belgium, Germany or Austria, UK, Ireland for instance, Luxembourg is the country of taxation.