In the case of the Civil Service, the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform can redeploy Civil Servants to meet priority needs (including levies of staff where necessary).
Where functions are transferred within or between areas of the Civil or Public Service, associated staff will normally also transfer if a corresponding need has been identified.
Redeployment for the Civil Service and NCSSB’s operates through a system of Resource Panels (RP).
These panels contain details of the posts identified by organisations for redeployment on the basis of changing business needs or ongoing management of the Employment Control Framework (ECF) ceilings by public service bodies.
The Public Appointments Service (PAS) is the body charged with operating the Redeployment Panel System for these sectors. It also arranges for cross-sectoral assignments to be made, where necessary.
This is facilitated by the Public Service Management (Recruitment and Appointments) (Amendment) Act 2013, which removes the legislative barriers to mobility and redeployment across the various sectors in the Public Service and addresses other issues that arise on changing employer.
People may be moved to positions within 45km of their current work address or home address, whichever is the shorter, with account also being taken of a reasonable daily commute.
It is important to note that while staff may be moved between different locations as a consequence of the redeployment arrangements – beyond the 45km radius set out under the PSAs in certain circumstances – the arrangements were not designed for and are not used to facilitate requests from individuals for transfers to address personal circumstances.
A “Redeployment Toolkit” (revised in October 2014) setting out the background and the detailed processes involved has been agreed with the staff unions.
This builds on the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform circular (Circular 8 of 2010) which issued in July 2010 following ratification of the Croke Park Agreement (CPA) and includes a section setting out responses to Frequently Asked Questions.
Public Service Management Recruitment and Appointments Amendment Act