The membership fee is a percentage of your employment income that is subject to income tax, including holiday compensation, holiday bonuses and fringe benefits (such as lunch, car and phone benefits, and severance packages if your employment is terminated).
If you have several employers, you pay the membership fee from all earned incomes.
The membership fee is not collected from bonuses, options, merit pay, per diem allowances, kilometre allowances or part-time entrepreneurship income.
fee is also paid from the benefits paid by an unemployment fund. The
Unemployment Fund for Higher Educated Employees Erko deducts the membership fee
automatically from the benefits that it pays.
Students or those on study leave are exempted from the membership fee. If you work while you study, your membership fee is a percentage of your income from your employment that is subject to income tax.
For members living abroad, the membership fee is 10 euros per month (does not apply to posted workers).
For pensioners, the membership fee is 70 euros per year (one-time payment). If you retire in the middle of a year, the membership fee is only charged for the remainder of the year as a one-time payment (5,83€/month).
For independent professionals and entrepreneurs, the membership fee is 200 euros per year (one-time payment or 16,66€/month). If you become a member or start your business in the middle of a year, the membership fee is only charged for the remainder of the year.
If you have no employment income that is subject to income tax or do not receive benefits from un unemployment fund, your membership fee is EUR 10 a month. Remember to update your membership information so as to be eligible for a reduced fee!
You pay a reduced membership fee only for those months when you receive no income at all, not even for one day. For example, you start your family leave on 5 March. You receive income for four days in March and you pay the normal percentage-based membership fee for those days. You then pay the EUR 10 membership fee starting from the beginning of April.