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European Union officials work for institutions like the European Commission or the European Parliament. 

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £23,500 to £173,500 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 37 per week

1. Entry requirements

You must:

  • be a citizen of a European Union (EU) member state
  • have a working knowledge of a second EU language

For administrator jobs you’ll need

  • a degree
  • relevant work experience

For lawyer linguist jobs you’ll need: 

  • a recognised law degree or be a qualified solicitor or barrister
  • to be fluent in 2 more EU languages as well as your native language, with at least one ideally being French or German

For assistant roles you’ll usually need either:

  • an HND or equivalent qualification
  • 2 A levels or similar qualifications, and at least 3 years’ relevant work experience

You'll also need to pass a selection process. The European Personnel Selection Office has details of the selection process.   

If you’re a graduate, you could gain work experience through the European Commission Traineeship Scheme. This is a 5-month training and work placement programme. 

You can find out more about EU careers on GOV.UK.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • the ability to work with people from different countries
  • excellent communication and presentation skills
  • logical thinking and problem-solving ability
  • excellent IT skills 

3. What you'll do

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • drawing up new laws
  • taking part in negotiations with non-EU countries
  • putting new policies and programmes into practice
  • attending meetings and conferences
  • preparing research and reports
  • answering questions from members of the European Parliament
  • managing staff, finances or equipment

4. Salary

Starter: £23,500 (Assistant)

Experienced: £44,500 (Assistant, Administrator)

Highly Experienced: Up to £173,200 (Senior Administrator)

There are several extra allowances available, depending on your personal circumstances.

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work 37 hours, Monday to Friday, although you’ll need to be available for work at any time if needed.

Most jobs are in Brussels or Luxembourg. You’ll be office-based, but you may travel to attend meetings and conferences. You’ll usually have support to help you fit into the country you're working in.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could progress to higher grades. There is a clear promotion structure, with regular reviews, exams and competitions for progression. 

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Last updated: 13 September 2018