While salaries at the UN are generally lower than salaries in the private sector, the UN offers an excellent package of benefits to its employees including health insurance, defined-benefits pension, home leave, annual leave, education grant, etc. An individual who has passed the YPP and obtained a contract would receive excellent compensation. UN Volunteers earn a lower salary than employees on a fixed-term contract, but UNVs earn a sufficient salary. Most internships are unpaid. Many employees at the UN work on renewable fixed-term contracts lasting two years or, in some cases, on short-term contracts lasting three to eleven months. It is important to keep trying when applying to UN jobs, as the level of competition for UN jobs is often high.