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Fixed-term contracts (CAST)

Fixed-term contracts (CAST) 

(See also "Temporary contracts")


Contract staff are recruited from a pool of applicants (kept in a database) following a selection procedure usually organised by the European Personnel Selection Office.

The difference between an open competition and a selection procedure for contract staff (CAST) is that:
- there is no assessment centre stage
- the number of successful candidates is not predefined.

Regular annual selection procedures of contract staff for a limited number of generalist profiles such as secretaries, administrative staff, human resources staff, financial managers, auditors, IT and telecommunications specialists, will be introduced soon.
The majority of positions are based in Brussels and Luxembourg.


Overview of selection procedure


There is a two-phased procedure starting with reasoning tests or CV sift (depending upon the profile) followed by a competency test:

  • for generalist profiles, the first step consists of verbal, numerical and abstract reasoning tests
  • for specialist profiles the procedure begins with selection based on qualifications (CV sift)
  • the competency test may be a written, oral or other practical test in the field (for example translating a text).


If successful, your name will generally remain in the database for three years.