Contract Staff (CAST Permanent)

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CAST stands for Contract Agents Selection Tool. Contract Agents are recruited to do manual or administrative support service tasks or to provide additional capacity in specialised fields where an insufficient number of officials with the required skills are available.

Permanent means that there is no deadline to apply to a CAST profile, it is an open-ended selection method where candidates keep their successful results for a pre-determined period of time.

Contract Agents are employed for a fixed maximum period of 6 years, often with a shorter initial but renewable contract of 6 to 12 months, depending on the type of job. In some Agencies, Offices Representations and Delegations the contract can lead to an indefinite contract.

Function groups

Contract staff positions are available for a wide range of jobs, requiring different levels of qualifications. They are divided into four function groups:

  1. Manual and administrative support service tasks
  2. Clerical or secretarial tasks, office management and other equivalent tasks
  3. Executive tasks, drafting, accountancy and other equivalent technical tasks
  4. Administrative, advisory, linguistic and equivalent technical tasks

To apply for function group I you should have successfully completed compulsory education.

To apply for function groups II and III you should have completed post-secondary education or have a secondary education diploma giving access to post-secondary education. You should also have appropriate professional experience of at least three years or, where justified in the interest of the service, professional training or professional experience of an equivalent level.

To apply for function group IV you should have completed university studies of at least three years or, where justified in the interest of the service, professional training of an equivalent level.

You can apply for one or several function groups, as long as you fulfil the eligibility requirements.

Respect for cultural diversity and promotion of equal opportunities are founding principles of the EU and the European Selection Office endeavours to apply equal opportunities, treatment and access to all candidates. You can find out more about our equal opportunities policy and how to request special adjustments for selection tests on our dedicated page.



CAST Permanent includes a non-exhaustive number of profiles in function groups I, II, III and IV. In each function group, you can also choose one or several profiles. Please remember that you are always applying for a profile and not for a specific job position.