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Translating for the European Commission — contract staff

If you would like to work for DG Translation as a member of our contract staff, you need to respond to one of our calls for contract staff. To see if you've got what we're looking for, check our translator profile.

Duration of contracts

1 to 6 years. Note: in any 12-year period, you cannot work for the European Commission on non-permanent contracts for more than 7 years in total (all types of contract combined).

Probationary period

9 months (for contract of 1 year or more)

Minimum qualifications

You must:

  • have completed a full university-level course of at least three years and obtained a degree
  • have one year’s professional experience
  • have a perfect command of your mother tongue/main language (language 1)
  • have a thorough knowledge of English, French or German (language 2) and be able to translate out of it
  • in addition to languages 1 and 2, have a thorough knowledge of a second language (language 3) and be able to translate out of it.

All three languages must be official languages of the European Union. Specific language requirements will be indicated in the calls for expression of interest.

General terms and conditions

You must:

  • be a citizen of one of the EU member states
  • enjoy full citizen’s rights
  • have fulfilled any obligations relating to military service in your home country
  • meet the character requirements for the duties involved.

The European institutions apply an equal opportunities policy and accept applications without distinction on grounds of sex, race, colour, ethnic or social origin, genetic features, language, religion or belief, political or any other opinion, membership of a national minority, property, birth, disability, age, sexual orientation, marital status or family situation.

What we offer

Salary

Translators are recruited in function group IV, from grade 13 upwards.

Gross basic monthly salary (€) for contractual translators*
GradeStep
1234567
18
5.879,08
6.001,34
6.126,14
6.253,54
6.383,59
6.516,34
6.651,85
17
5.196,08
5.304,14
5.414,44
5.527,04
5.641,98
5.759,31
5.879,08
16
4.592,43
4.687,93
4.785,42
4.884,94
4.986,53
5.090,23
5.196,08
15
4.058,91
4.143,32
4.229,48
4.317,44
4.407,22
4.498,87
4.592,43
14
3.587,37
3.661,97
3.738,13
3.815,86
3.895,22
3.976,22
4.058,91
13
3.170,61
3.236,55
3.303,85
3.372,56
3.442,69
3.514,29
3.587,37

* 1/7/2012. Subject to salary adjustments according to the Staff Regulation.

 

The salary may be lower or higher than indicated owing to adjustment for the lower or higher cost of living in certain member states.

Income tax and social security

  • Your rate of income tax and social insurance contributions are set by and paid to the EU. You do not pay national tax on your salary.

Health insurance and pensions

  • The social insurance scheme for EU staff covers sickness, accident, unemployment, invalidity and death, and pension rights. Your employee contributions are deducted from salary.
  • For up to 1 year after recruitment, you can stay registered with the social security system under which you were last covered.
  • After 1 year you must register with the Community insurance scheme.

Allowances

You may qualify for:

  • a household allowance for your husband/wife or registered partner and children
  • an education allowance and access to the European School for your children
  • reimbursement of moving costs
  • installation indemnities
  • expatriation allowance if your place of work is outside your country of origin

Selection procedure

  • The European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) launches a call for expressions of interest (alternatively, you upload your speculative application).
  • you apply via EU CV online (a database storing all applications)
  • if we have a vacancy, DG Translation will search the database to find people with the right skills and qualifications
  • a (small) number of candidates will be invited to sit a language test (normally translation into your native or main language)
  • pre-recruitment medical examination (in Brussels or Luxembourg).

Apply now

The European Commission is currently looking for contract staff in several fields (including languages).

Check the EU Careers website regularly for calls for expression of interest — and apply online.

Alternatively, submit a speculative application via EU CV online.

 

 

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