What is the salary of a work-study student?

28 Apr 2020

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Carrying out all or part of his studies by combining theory and professional experience is increasingly recommended to students, regardless of training. Professional integration now begins as soon as you enter higher education! After having shared with you the multiple advantages of benefiting from work-study during your studies, today we are developing one of them with you: the remuneration of a work-study student!


What is the salary of an apprentice on an apprenticeship contract?

The apprenticeship contract, like a work contract (fixed-term), binds a company and an individual with the aim of training them while paying them remuneration for the missions carried out, including during the first year of apprenticeship . It allows students in technological, vocational, secondary or higher education to do their work-study training. This type of contract is aimed at students between 15 and 30 years old as well as apprentices outside this age group, provided that they prepare a diploma or a higher title identical to the one they already have, that they are disabled workers, high-level sportspeople, business creators or buyers.

The apprentices' salary is calculated as a percentage of the minimum wage, which varies according to age. Concretely, gross it rises from 27% to 67% of the minimum wage (or the conventional minimum wage) for those under 20 years old and from 53% to 100% from 21 years old. The last variable in the apprentices' salary will be their seniority in the company: each year of the contract, the percentage of minimum remuneration increases.

For example, an apprentice under the age of 18 in the first year of the contract will receive 27% of the minimum wage or of the conventional minimum wage. In the second year, it will be 39% of the minimum wage, then in the third year, 55%.

What is the salary of an apprentice in a professionalization contract?

To carry out your work-study training, the second type of contract available is the professionalisation contract (also called “professional contract”). Also considered as a fixed-term contract from an administrative point of view, it is reserved for young people aged 16 to 25 who wish to complete their initial training but it can also be addressed to those over 26 under certain conditions (job seekers, beneficiaries of aid such as the RSA, the specific solidarity allowance, the allowance for disabled adults and people benefiting from the single integration contract).

Like the apprenticeship contract, the professionalization contract allows you to receive remuneration based on a percentage of the minimum wage varying according to your age: from 55% to 65% of the minimum interprofessional growth salary for those under 20 years of age and from 70% to 85% of this same base (or of the conventional minimum wage if it exists) for those over 21 years of age. Finally, the apprentice's minimum wage can also vary depending on the level of the diploma they are passing: if it is lower than the professional baccalaureate or higher or equal to the professional baccalaureate.

For example, a 23-year-old student in initial training who is taking higher or equal training in the vocational baccalaureate receives a minimum wage of 80% of the minimum wage. If the diploma is lower than the vocational baccalaureate, his remuneration will be 70% of the minimum wage.

If you want more information on the exact or approximate remuneration of your work-study contract, you can contact the human resources of your host company to find out their salary scale or grid and your monthly salary, or even the amount of the conventional minimum wage. of the company (in all cases, you will know your remuneration before or during the signing of the contract). You can also go to the work-study calculator on www.alternance.emploi.gouv.fr.


Salary increases for a work-study student

As an employee, although still a student, the sandwich course worker can benefit from salary increases. These may depend on the sector of activity, the degree obtained, the duration of the training and the contract, etc.

The most concrete example is that of the public sector, there are salary increases specific to this sector:
??? ?the apprentice's minimum wage can be increased by 10% if they are preparing a level IV qualification or diploma (general, technological or vocational baccalaureate);
??? ?an increase of 20% of the salary is possible if the student is preparing a level III title or diploma (bac + 2 such as a BTS or DUT).

Finally, depending on the diploma, the level of qualification, the duration of the contract, in the event of an extension of contract, your employer can decide to increase your salary! If you have chosen to sign an apprenticeship contract, your salary will necessarily be increased according to your age (if the duration of your contract is long enough for you to go from an age group to a other).

Finally, don't forget that your overtime hours are also paid, at an advantageous hourly rate. These wage supplements are also exempt from your income tax.


Income supplements for a work-study student

Your status as an employee and your salary may allow you to request the activity bonus from CAF. This supplement can be added to your income provided that you declare your quarterly income when the organization requests it.

In conclusion, at IPAG Business School, our Career Center supports you in the search for your work-study program as a student, whether for a professionalization or apprenticeship contract, but also in your search for work-study students if you are a business!

For any further information on our contracts, our companies, our students or our work-study programs, do not hesitate to contact our Career Center and its teams on the Paris campus ([email protected]) and on the campus of Nice ([email protected]).

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