Recruitment Policy

Recruitment to the civil service

There is a recruitment and promotion moratorium in place in the civil service, local authorities, non-commercial state bodies, the Garda Síochána and the Permanent Defence Forces.

Decisions in respect of future recruitment campaigns will be taken in the context of the business needs of the relevant organisation, the moratorium on recruitment and promotion and any redeployment arrangements agreed for the civil and public service.  

Open competitions have always been held for recruitment to entry level grades of Clerical, Executive and Administrative Officer. The Social Partnership Agreements, Sustaining Progress and Towards 2016, made provision for open recruitment to other Civil Service grades under the themes of Public Service Modernisation.  A number of open competitions at Principal Officer, Assistant Principal Officer and Higher Executive Officer levels have been held since 2003.

 Recruitment to the Civil Service is governed by the Public Service Management (Recruitment and Appointments) Act 2004 which established the Commission for Public Service Appointments (CPSA) and the Public Appointments Service (PAS). The CPSA sets the standards to apply to the recruitment of persons for positions in the Civil Service and certain other public service bodies.  The PAS acts as the centralised recruitment, assessment and selection body for the Civil Service and provides a similar service, where requested, to the local authorities and the HSE, the Garda Síochána and certain other public service bodies.    All open recruitment competitions run by the Public Appointments Service (PAS) are advertised in one or more of the national papers and on the PAS website (   There is also provision for atypical recruitment, whereby a Government Department or Office may, under licence from the CPSA and in accordance with strict standards of probity, conduct its own recruitment process.  This facility has been availed of by a number of offices.


FAQs and some general information on Recruitment can be found here

FAQs and some general information on the CPSA can be found here

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