A Secondment is a temporary arrangement which facilitates the release and movement of staff members for a specified period of time in a way which does not affect their employment status.
The Mobility scheme will remain the primary mechanism for the permanent lateral movement of staff members across the Civil Service organisations. The secondment policy will be used to support this scheme to fill time-bound positions concurrent with a strategic project/placement, and in exceptional circumstances the backfilling of vacant positions arising from staff members who are released for secondments/career breaks.
Secondments provide staff members with opportunities to broaden their skills and continue their professional and personal development while retaining the right to return to their substantive or equivalent position at the end of the secondment. It also provides an opportunity for the receiving organisation to fill a temporary position with both the receiving and sending organisation benefitting from shared learning, good practice, new ideas and experience.