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What do the different Assistant-Secretaries (AST/SC) grades mean for Secretaries competition 2020 ?

  • An assistant career covers grades AST/SC1 to AST/SC6.
  • New staff usually enter at grades AST/SC 1.
  • AST/SC1 candidates must have completed secondary education, or have a relevant professional training (equivalent to European Qualification Framework Level 4. AST/SC1 candidates must have previous relevant experience of at least 3 years directly related to the nature of the duties.
  • AST/SC2 for more experienced candidates (minimum 7 years).

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