The current careers system in place, characterized by a substantially lower careers number and wider-ranging functional contents than the previously existing, classifies careers as general and special systematizing them according to the required admission functional complexity level.
Therefore, general careers are those whose functional contents characterize work posts that the generality of public services needs for the development of the respective activities.
General system careers’ are as follows:
- Administrative Staff
- Auxiliary staff
On the other hand, special careers are those whose functional contents characterize work posts that only one or some public services need for the development of the respective activities.
Only may be created special careers when, cumulatively:
- The respective functional contents shall not be absorbed by functional contents of general careers;
- The respective public employees are subject to more demanding functional duties than those provided for those of general careers;
- The respective public employees should have approval in a specific training course of term not lower than six months or hold a certain academic degree or professional certificate to integrate the career.
The general or special careers are uni-category or multi-category. Only may be created multy-category careers when to each one of the categories of the career corresponds a functional content distinct from the others.
Each category shall include a variable number of pay steps and the guidelines defining it are set by law.
Regarding the functional complexity level, based on the academic qualification level required, careers are classified as follows:
- Grade 1, when compulsory schooling is required, even though aggregated with appropriate vocational training;
- Grade 2, when 12 years schooling or equivalent course is required;
- Grade 3, when a university degree or higher academic qualification degree is required.
Currently, special system and special corps careers still subsist as they were not subject to extinction, revision or subsisting decision. Nevertheless, under the terms legally foreseen, a revision of such careers shall take place.