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Human Resources Assistant - EU

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Human Resources Assistant - EU
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€31 -  
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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.
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.
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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

Carries out duties relating to personnel policy management in areas such as recruitment, careers, training, and equal opportunities.


The Work header image

Working in human resources, assistants in the EU carry out duties relating to personnel policy management in areas such as recruitment, careers, training, and equal opportunities.

Duties may also include:

  • Managing and following up matters relating to personnel policy management, in particular recruitment, careers, professional training, equal opportunities, individual and financial rights,
  • Drafting notes and/or correspondence, drawing up administrative reports relating to the fields indicated above,
  • Preparing, holding and following up on meetings,
  • Panaging projects,
  • Analysing and developing working methods,
  • Assisting with the implementation of accounting, financial, statistical and IT systems, etc.
  • Managing a team.

Contract staff may also be employed to carry out some human resources duties.

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

 


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The EU 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

Human Resource Assistants must have:

  • A good command of at least 2 European languages (one of which must be English, French or German)
  • either
    - post-secondary education and at least 3 years' professional experience in human resources,
  • or
    - secondary education and at least 6 years' professional experience

Requirements for contract staff may be different.

Last Updated: July, 2014


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