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APPLICATIONS OPEN! ICT Assistants EPSO Competition

The European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) has just released an official Notice of Competition calling forward applications from those seeking a career at the EU institutions as an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Assistant.

Within this competition, FOUR fields have been announced:

  • FIELD 1: Assistants - ICT infrastructures, cloud, networks and middleware (AST4)
  • FIELD 2: Assistants - Digital workplace, office automation and mobile computing (AST4)
  • FIELD 3: Assistants - Development/configuration, testing, operation and maintenance of IT applications and off-the-shelf solutions; Data management, data analytics and artificial intelligence (AST4)
  • FIELD 4:  Assistants - ICT security (AST4)

Below we explore the specifics of this competition and the selection process that you will need to undertake.

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Competition Snapshot  I  Eligibility Criteria  I  Selection Process  I  How Can You Apply?


Competition Snapshot

  • Open for Applications: 17 February, 2022
  • Application Deadline: 22 March, 2022 (12-noon Brussels Time)
  • Grade: AST4
  • This competition covers five fields - you can only apply to ONE field!
  • This competition includes a Talent Screener
  • Posts will be based in multiple locations.

Under this competition, the following FOUR reserve lists have been advertised, from which the European Union Institutions and Agencies may recruit new members:

EPSO/AST/151/22 Competition Fields Candidates Sought
Assistants - ICT infrastructures, cloud, networks and middleware (AST4) 47
Assistants - Digital workplace, office automation and mobile computing (AST4) 55
Assistants - Development/configuration, testing, operation and maintenance of IT applications and off-the-shelf solutions; Data management, data analytics and artificial intelligence (AST4) 74
Assistants - ICT security (AST4) 29

Please refer to the Notice of Competition's ANNEX I (pages 8 - 11) which outlines the duties to be performed by each field. 


Eligibility Criteria

Candidates will need to satisfy the following:

  • Have EU citizenship
  • Fulfilled any military service requirements
  • Meet the character requirements for the duties concerned
  • Have knowledge of at least TWO official EU languages:
    • Language 1: Have a thorough knowledge (minimum C1 level) of one of the 24 official EU languages - will be defined as your Language 1.
    • Language 2: Have a good command (minimum B2 level) of either English OR French and MUST BE different to your Language 1 choice - will be defined as your Language 2.


Qualifications & Work Experience

FIELDS 1 - 4: Grade AST4

  • Post-secondary education of at least 2 years with a diploma relevant to the duties of the chosen field. PLUS a minimum of 6 years professional experience in ICT of which a minimum of 3 years needs to be in the chosen field and related to the duties of the chosen field as described in ANNEX I. OR

  • Secondary education with a diploma giving access to post-secondary education. PLUS a minimum of 9 years professional experience in ICT of which a minimum of 3 years needs to be in the chosen field and related to the duties of the chosen field as described in ANNEX 1.

Please consult ANNEX III of the Notice of Competition for examples of minimum qualifications.  


Selection Process

IMPORTANT: You can complete your application in any of the 24 official EU languages, BUT your Talent Screener MUST BE completed in your chosen Language 2 (English or French)​.


EPSO will check the data provided by each candidate via their online application against the eligibility requirements of this competition. Remember that you can fill out your application in any of the 24 Official EU languages - except for the Talent Screener, which needs to be completed in your chosen Langauge 2 (English or French). Candidates that are deemed eligible will move on to the next round of the competition. 


You MUST complete your Talent Screener in Language 2 - English OR French.

The selection board assigns a weighting to each selection criterion and based on the information provided in the Talent Screener each candidate will receive a score. Only those candidates with the highest overall marks will go through to the next stage. Therefore, you should include all relevant information in your Talent Screener answers, even if you have already mentioned it in other sections of your application form. The questions are based on the selection criteria included in this notice - see ANNEX IV for the list of criteria.

Getting this part wrong can easily jeopardise your chances of moving through to the next stage of the selection process - which you don't want to risk. To better understand how the EPSO Talent Screener works it is advised that you view this webinar recording - Everything You Need To Know About EPSO's Talent Screener.

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Those who scored the highest marks in the Talent Screener will be invited to the Assessment Centre. A maximum of 3 times the number of successful candidates sought for each field of this competition will be invited to this phase.

You will be invited to attend an Assessment Centre (online or in-person) over one or several days and will need to complete the exercises in your chosen Language 1 or 2. (Further details and instructions will be included in your invitation letter.)

As part of the Assessment Centre, you will need to complete a series of computer-based multiple-choice reasoning tests in your chosen Language 1





Pass mark


Language 1

20 questions

35 min

+ Numerical
+ Abstract

Combined 20/40

Numerical Reasoning

Language 1

10 questions

20 min

Abstract Reasoning

Language 1

10 questions

10 min

  • To progress in the competition and be invited to undertake the other Assessment Centre exercises you MUST reach the exam's pass mark.
  • The results of this exam will NOT be added to the marks obtained in the other Assessment Centre tests when calculating your final overall score.

Those progressing forward in the Assessment Centre will be tested on 7 general competencies, as well as field-related competencies required for each field of the competition, via 3 tests:​

  1. Case Study
  2. Situational Competency-Based Interview (SCBI)
  3. Field-Related Interview

These exercises will need to be completed in your chosen Language 2. 

Each general competency will be awarded a mark out of 10, with a total pass mark required of 35/70. 

In addition to this, the Field-Related Interview will require a minimum pass mark of 60/100.


After checking candidates’ supporting documents, the selection board will draw up a Reserve List of eligible candidates who obtained the highest overall score, until the number of successful candidates sought for each field is reached.


How Can You Apply?

Make sure to ALWAYS check the official Notice of Competition and understand the rules relating to the exams.

For full details on this selection procedure read the official Notice of Competition and the General Rules Governing Open Competitions to ensure you have the required qualifications and satisfy the eligibility criteria before applying. 

To start the application process, click below for the different fields:


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Useful reading:

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13 Best EPSO Preparation Resources - Free and Paid

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