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In Summary - Auditor - EU

Examines and inspects internal and external financial management processes in the EU

Career Sectors

Auditor - EUs typically work in the following Career Sectors:

Revenue & Governance
Accountancy & Taxation
Accountancy & Taxation
Working for the EU
Government, Politics & EU

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The Work - Auditor - EU

As an extremely complex organisation, the EU has demanding requirements in financial, performance and internal auditing.

EU institutions put in place the policies that affect the lives of 500 million people in 28 EU countries.

The European Court of Auditors is the external auditor of the European Union Finances and, as such, one of the EU institutions. It is based in Luxembourg.

EU Auditors travel across the world to check if the collection and spending of EU money is legal and regular and if EU policies provide value for money.

The work of EU auditors, relating to internal and external audits, involves:

  • Examining financial management processes
  • Conducting inspections
  • Improving control systems
  • Advising on methodologies
  • Closely supporting senior decision-makers
  • Training non-specialist personnel
  • Supervising and mentoring colleagues

Contract staff may also be employed to carry out auditing tasks.

Interests - Auditor - EU

This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:


Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their most productive under supervisors who give clear guidelines and while performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.


The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.


The Linguistic's interests are usually focused on ideas and information exchange. They tend to like reading a lot, and enjoy discussion about what has been said. Some will want to write about their own ideas and may follow a path towards journalism, story writing or editing. Others will develop skills in other languages, perhaps finding work as a translator or interpreter. Most Linguistic types will enjoy the opportunity to teach or instruct people in a topic they are interested in.


The institutions are looking for candidates who are talented, motivated, and highly qualified in their field, and who have the following competencies in particular:

  • Analysis and problem solving - Ability to identify the critical facts in complex issues and develop creative and practical solutions
  • Communication – Communicate clearly and precisely both orally and in writing
  • Delivering quality and results – Take personal responsibility and initiative for delivering work to a high standard of quality within set procedures
  • Learning and development – Develop and improve personal skills and knowledge of the organisation and its environment
  • Prioritising and organising – Prioritise the most important tasks, work flexibly, and organise own workload efficiently
  • Resilience – Remain effective under a heavy workload, handle organisational frustrations positively, and adapt to a changing work environment
  • Working with others - Work cooperatively with others in teams and across organisational boundaries and respect differences between people

An additional requirement for posts in the AD career bracket (administrators) is:
• Leadership – Manage, develop and motivate people to achieve results

Entry Requirements - Auditor - EU

For this role you must have:

  • A good command of at least 2 European languages (one of which must be English, French or German)
  • An appropriate degree or professional qualification (or be graduating this year) for entry at Grade AD 5
  • Several years’ relevant experience, to join us at a more senior level (Grade AD 7).

In general, to apply for an EU Administrator competition, you must have completed (at least) three years of university.

See: EPSO - European Personnel Selection Office - EU Career profiles - Audit

Beginning Your Career with The European Court of Auditors - Traineeships

The Court of Auditors organises traineeship periods throughout the year in areas of interest to its work. The training periods are granted for a maximum period of five months.

To apply, applicants must fill out an application form which can be accessed via the European Court of Auditors website.

More information and application forms can be found here

Job vacancies within the European Court of Auditors can be found here

Visit the European Court of Auditors here

Contract Staff

Contract staff (CAST) are hired for specific manual or administrative tasks. Contracts are generally for a limited period – usually starting with 6-12 months.

Requirements may vary for contract staff, especially for those employed as assistant auditors.

Last Updated: July, 2016

Pay & Salary - Auditor - EU

Salary Range (thousands per year)* €52k - €k

Monthly salaries in the EU Institutions range from around 2,600 per month for a newly recruited AST/SC 1 official to around 16,000 per month for a top level AD 16 official with over four years of seniority.

Each grade is broken up into five seniority steps with corresponding salary increases. Basic salaries are adjusted annually in line with inflation and purchasing power in the EU countries.

The monthly salary level for entrants at AD Grade 5 is 4,349 rising to 5,568 at Grade 7.

As the name may suggest the basic monthly salary is just the starting point to remuneration associated with EU jobs as an employee may be entitled to allowances. All payments are subject to relevant tax and charges.

Data Source(s):
Official Journal of the European Union & EPSO

Last Updated: April, 2015

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.

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