There are two sub-categories of contract agent. The first covers those who are hired to work:
As a contract agent of this type (contract staff "3a") you would enjoy longer-term employment prospects, with an initial contract running for a maximum period of five years and renewable for a maximum of five years. The contract can be converted into a contract of indefinite duration.
The second sub-category covers contract agents that can be hired to work in Commission's DGs dealing with other tasks than manual and administrative support tasks (contract staff "3b"). That is to say, they are recruited:
As a contract agent of this type, you would have short-term employment prospects, working on the basis of contracts running up to a maximum of three years. The minimum length of contract is three months.
Rules governing the hiring of contract agents in the Commission are established by a Commission Decision of 02/03/2011 [133 KB] .
The selection process begins with candidates filling in on-line applications in response to call for expressions of interest published on the EPSO website. These applications are then stored in a database. Those applicants who match specific skills profiles and who have the right qualifications then sit tests to assess their aptitudes, linguistic ability, knowledge of European integration, and professional competence. If successful in the tests, those who are considered by a hiring service to be suitable to their specific requirements will be invited to an interview by a selection committee.
The profile of candidates who have successfully completed the contract agent tests will be held in the database for three years.
To apply as a contract agent you may:
Contract agents positions are available for a wide range of jobs, which require different levels of qualifications. These can be for a short term contract or even up to potentially life-long employment. As a result, contract agents are split up into 18 grades divided into four function groups according to the types of duty performed and covering very specific job specifications.
The four function groups are defined as follows:
Within the function group your grading will take account of qualifications and previous appropriate work experience. You will be hired in the first step of the grade concerned (each grade has 7 salary steps) and automatically advance to the next step after two years. Find out more.
Salary and benefits
Salaries for contract agents begin at € 1.600 and rise to a maximum of € 5.800. For the salary table, see the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants (Article 93) [17 KB] .
You will also be able to benefit from family-related allowances and coverage by the same social security schemes as temporary agents (unemployment insurance, Communities pension scheme and the Joint Sickness Insurance Scheme).
As a contract agent, you also have access to training programmes offered by the EU institutions.