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Communication Assistant - EU

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Most occupations in this zone require job specific training (vocational training) related to the occupation (NFQ Levels 5 and 6 or higher), related on-the-job experience, or a relevant professional award.

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Communication Assistant - EU
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Related Information:
Monthly salaries in the EU Institutions 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.

Salaries:

Grade: Basic monthly salary €
AD12: €10,406.80
AD9: €7,185.01
AD7: €5,612.65
AD5: €4,384.38
AST3: €3,424.90
AST1: €2,675.40
AST/SC2: €2,654
AST/SC1: €2,345

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.

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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At a Glance... header image

Works in one or more sectors related to internal and external communication and information in the EU Institutions


The Work header image

Assistants (AST) usually work in supporting roles and are crucial for the internal management of the EU Institutions.

The work in this job role typically includes:

  • Handling contacts with the press, the media and the public
  • Drafting, revising and preparing various documents for publication
  • Organising different types of events
  • Preparing information documents, publications, brochures, audiovisual products
  • Managing communication activities through websites, social media, etc.
  • Participating in the analysis and media impact of communication activities
  • Liaising and coordinating with stakeholders (Publications Office, subcontractors, etc.)

 

 

 


Personal Qualitiesheader image

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 Routesheader image

Communication Assistants in the EU must have:

  • A good command of at least 2 European languages (one of which must be English, French or German)
  • either
    - post-secondary education in communication, media studies, journalism or public relations and at least 3 years' appropriate professional experience,
  • or
    - secondary education and at least 6 years' professional experience

An assistant career in the EU covers grades AST 1 to AST 11. New staff usually enter at grades AST 1 or AST 3.

AST 1 candidates must have completed secondary education and have previous relevant experience, or have a relevant vocational qualification.

AST 3 candidates should have completed secondary education, a relevant vocational qualification and/or several years' relevant experience.

In general, to apply for an Assistant competition, you must have completed (at least) secondary school.

Last Updated: July, 2014


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