In Summary - Administrator - EU
A permanent official working in the Institutions of the EU, including the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Council of Ministers and the Court of Justice.
Administrator - EUs typically work in the following Career Sectors:
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The Work - Administrator - EU
Administrators in the EU have frequent contact with individuals and organisations throughout Europe and the world. In the course of their work, they may have to liaise with people within their own institution, other European institutions, other international bodies and officials from EU member states.
Administrators support the work of Ministers from EU member states, for example, when they meet to approve or reject proposals from the European Commission. The proposals put forward by the Commission and other EU Institutions have a direct impact on life in all EU member states, so Administrators need to be very familiar and up-to-date with the current topic of discussion.
Administrators work on a wide range of tasks and projects in the EU. Examples include:
- Work in support of EU negotiations with the World Trade Organisation or study the trading patterns between countries
- Work on policy issues affecting the environment, i.e., negotiating an agreement with car makers to cut emissions of greenhouse gases
- Playing a key role in the EU's legislative and budgetary processes
- Coordinating the broad economic and other policies of the Member States,
- Taking part in trade negotiations with non-EU countries, or representing the Institutions in international forums
- Inspecting the fishing fleets in the Member States
- Developing or managing a specific scientific research programme
- Legal research and analysis for the European Court of Justice or drafting a decision of the European Ombudsman
Translators and interpreters are also recruited as administrators.
In order to carry out such wide-ranging tasks, EU Administrators have to handle a great deal of information. They collect information from a number of sources, interpret it and use it to help form policies and legislation, and to write reports or give verbal presentations.
EU Administrators perform a management role within their department. They supervise junior staff and carry out personnel duties. They might also be involved in deciding on new administrative procedures, for example, choosing a new computer system.
Interests - Administrator - EU
This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:
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.
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 Social person's interests focus on interacting with the people in their environment. In all cases, the Social person enjoys the personal contact with other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.
Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
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 Administrator career bracket (AD) is:
- Leadership – Manage, develop and motivate people to achieve results
As an EU Administrator, you will need strong intellectual ability to understand complex ideas and concepts. You must also be confident in using your initiative. You should have a keen interest in European and international current affairs, and a good general knowledge of the history of the European Union.
To get through an EU recruitment competition, you will need a thorough working knowledge of another EU language.
You need to be able to make important decisions and work to tight deadlines. You will need thorough and methodical research skills, as well as strong communication skills to explain facts and ideas clearly to other people.
A willingness to live and work in a multicultural, multilingual environment is essential.
Entry Requirements - Administrator - EU
The permanent officials in the European Union form the EU Civil Service and are divided in different function groups – Administrators (AD); Assistants (AST) and Assistants-secretaries (AST/SC).
In general, to apply for an Administrator competition, you must have completed (at least) three years of university. An honours degree in any discipline is acceptable, although certain posts may require a specific qualification, for example, in law, economics, accounting or statistics.
Fluency in at least one of the official EU languages is necessary (usually your mother tongue), you will also need a satisfactory working knowledge of another EU language, in particular, French and German. It is worth noting for Irish candidates, that Irish is an official EU language.
The EU institutions also have linguistic grades, translators and interpreters, for example. Applicants need a degree to apply.
All Permanent officials are selected by open competitions organised by the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO). EPSO deals with personnel selection not only for the European Commission, but for all of the European Institutions. Open competitions are published in the Official Journal and announced on the EPSO Website.
|See: EPSO - European Personnel Selection Office - EU Career profiles - Administration
Last Updated: December, 2016
Pay & Salary - Administrator - EU
Salary Range (thousands per year)* 52k - k
Monthly salaries in the European Commission range from around €2,300 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.
Grade: Basic monthly salary €
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.
An Administrator career covers grades AD 5 to AD 16.
AD 5 is the entry level for University graduates.
Selection and recruitment may also be offered at AD 6 / AD 7 in more specialist roles. Several years' relevant experience will be required.
AD 9 / AD 12 is middle management level. Selection/recruitment at these grades requires previous management experience.
Salaries vary accordingly, starting in the region of €52k a year at grade AD5 and increasing considerably with experience, to approximately €123,000 at grade AD12. Allowances are also added for those working outside their home country.
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.
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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