Grading new officials and other Commission staff up to 30th April 2004
On recruitment new officials are classified in categories (A, B, C and D), each of which is subdivided into grades and each grade comprises up to 8 steps indicating the seniority of the candidate.
Open competitions are organised for career brackets, ordinarily containing two grades, for example (A 7/A 6) or (B 5/B 4).
On recruitment, probationary officials, as a general rule, are classified provisionally in the first step of the lower grade of the career bracket for which they have passed the open competition, e.g. A 7/1 or B 5/1.
After some months, the appointing authority takes the official decision as to which grade and step a new recruit is appointed.
Around 10% of the candidates, whom the Commission regards to be exceptional, are ranked higher than the first grade of the career bracket.
Appointment is normally at the first step in the grade, but where new officials give evidence of substantial professional experience they may be appointed to a higher step in their grade. In general, appointees can be awarded up to two additional steps, representing 4 years' additional experience over and above that required for appointment to step 1 (exception for grade A 4 for which three steps may be awarded).
Temporary agents are classified following similar procedures as those for officials. There are special provisions for the grading of agents engaged in the cabinets or in research establishments (e.g. different career brackets).
Auxiliaries are divided into four categories, subdivided into groups corresponding to the duties to be performed. These gradings take into account the qualifications and experience of the persons concerned.
The grading of all other staff depends on the rules in force in their companies or usual place of work (in the case of officials on detachment).