Work in the EU

EU professionals

The European Union has more than 40,000 professionals working in its different institutions and administrative services: from jurists and economists to interpreters and translators, from experts in politics to journalists.

In this international and multicultural work environment, the EU seeks enthusiastic candidates, from all different professional backgrounds, interested in living a demanding career. This a path where they will have to make the most of their linguistic and personal skills. To stimulate this HR process, the EU rewards its professionals with a competitive salary, internal labour mobility within the Institutions and the possibility of contributing to the future of Europe.

The European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) is the interinstitutional office responsible for selecting staff to work for the different institutions and agencies of the EU.

What do I have to do to work in the European Union?

The staff who work for the European Union can be, mainly, classified into two groups: autonomous faculty (freelance) and hired staff. Within the hired staff, there are several types of contract, which must meet the general conditions of admission. Among them, the main contracts are: contracts for an indefinite period and contracts with a fixed duration.

Each one follows a different selection process:


We can distinguish three categories:


It is the staff that carry out the functions of policy development, the application of EU legislation and analysis or advisory work.

Their main areas of work are: law, finance, economics, communication and science. Translators and interpreters are also hired as administrators.

The minimum degree of access is #AD5 and requires a university degree but no prior experience.


They are responsible for the execution of tasks in administration, finance, policy development, finance, etc.

The minimum degree of access is # AST1, which requires a secondary education degree.


Assistant Secretaries are responsible for office management tasks and administrative support in the EU institutions.

The minimum degree of access is # ASTSC1, which requires a post-secondary education degree of at least one year directly related to the functions to be developed, or a secondary education degree followed by at least three years of professional experience related to the tasks linked to the nature of the functions.


#CAST - Contract Agents for Specific Tasks.

  • What is it?

    This type of selection process usually entails performing auxiliary and administrative tasks when there is a lack of officials.

  • For how long?

    The minimum period is 6 to 12 months and, in some organizations, it is possible to transform this situation into a contract of indeterminate duration. The contract is limited to a maximum of six years duration.

  • How to candidate yourself?

    To access to a #Cast position, you need to pass a selection process and access a list of EPSO candidates.

    This selection process may include pre-selection by the presentation of CVs or include written, oral or practical tests related to the subject that they will have to develop.

Practical information


The first thing to consider to present yourself to a selection process in the European Union is to fulfil your admission conditions.

  • Enjoy full rights as a citizen an EU Member State,
  • To have a thorough knowledge of one of the official languages of the EU (level C1) and satisfactory knowledge (level B2) of a second official language. In the case of translators and interpreters, these levels become C2 and C1, respectively.

There are a series of specific requirements on academic qualifications and professional experience, depending on each of the calls published by EPSO. The minimum degree required to access the EU public service is secondary studies.