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2014.01.23 11:37

Staggering career: Where can you earn 9,000 Litas a month for an assistant’s job?

DELFI|The Lithuania Tribune2014.01.23 11:37

 Job positions in the EU institutions are highly desirable for various reasons: multicultural environment; possibility to broaden one’s social network; career opportunities; and ensured social security, writes Vita Kuodytė of www.MyEP.lt.

 Job positions in the EU institutions are highly desirable for various reasons: multicultural environment; possibility to broaden one’s social network; career opportunities; and ensured social security, writes Vita Kuodytė of www.MyEP.lt.

Although a high salary is not listed among the top priorities when seeking a job in Brussels or Luxembourg, MyEp.lt investigated the salary level in the EU institutions.

Currently EU institutions have more than 40,000 employees from 28 EU member states. The European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) website is continually posting information about job vacancies and organising public tenders for permanent and fixed-term job positions. The greatest request is for public administration, law, economics, audit, communication and IT specialists as well as translators and lawyer-linguists.

Possible to earn more than 18,000 Euros

According to their duties, employees in the EU institutions are divided into administrators and assistants.

The administrators at the European Commission are involved in negotiations with non-EU countries, coordinating overall economic and agricultural policy of Member States, contributing to the implementation and interpretation of Community law practice.

Assistants are usually assigned the tasks related to finance, human resources, IT and office administration.

The commission’s career system consists of 16 remuneration categories that indicate a different salary level for assistants and administrators. Salary depends on employee’s duties, qualifications and how long they have been working in the institution.

“An employee’s rank depends on their job description and qualification. The higher the rank- the higher the salary level. The level also depends on how long a person has been working in a particular institution – employees usually get a raise of one salary level every two years or in case of a promotion,” says Urtė Januškevičiūtė, EU career ambassador.

Robertas Pagorėlis, a spokesman for Lithuania at the European Parliament, says that employees’ abilities are as important as the feedback they receive from their managers. “Every year every EU employee is evaluated in the scale from 1 to 3 by their managers. An employee’s category is raised when they collect 6 points. Obviously, staff members who receive better feedback get promoted sooner,” says Pogorėlis.

At the beginning of their career assistants make from 2,654.17 Euro (9,164.32 Lt).  After promotions, employees can expect a salary as high as 10,324.20 Euro (35,647.40 Lt). Administrators make even more money – their salaries vary from 4,349.59 Euro (15,018.26 Lt) to 11,681.17 Euro (40,332.74 Lt). The official website posts information about public tenders for specialists with certain competencies and categories, and the salary level is clearly indicated, so they know what to expect.

One of the most sought-after specialists are translators, and they can expect a salary starting from 4,349.59 Euro (15,018.26 Lt). The best specialists are guaranteed even more impressive monthly salaries: 19,370.84 Euro (63,430.84 Lt).

Newcomers are usually paid the lowest salary. However, if you have an impressive set of skills and experience, you can expect more money from the very start.