The Authority has two categories of staff: professional staff (case handlers) and general staff (assistants). Staff may be appointed on standard employment contracts or on shorter, temporary contracts.
Standard employment contracts are normally for a fixed period of three years. Depending on the needs of the Authority, contracts may be extended for a further period, generally not exceeding three years.
The Authority currently employs 70 staff members of 16 different nationalities. Applicants must be nationals of the States that are party to the EEA Agreement (EU 28 + EFTA 3). The Authority particularly encourages applications from nationals of the three EFTA States party to the EEA agreement (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway).
In addition to its staff members, national experts may be seconded to the Authority, generally for periods ranging from three to 12 months. The Authority's staff also includes several trainees.
National experts and trainees must be nationals of Norway, Iceland, or Liechtenstein.