In July 2011 the Commission for Public Service Appointments (CPSA) issued a report in respect of eligibility criteria for promotion of staff in the Civil Service. The CPSA report recommended that:-
“in establishing eligibility criteria for promotions to positions in the Civil Service, the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform removes any criteria that may prevent Civil Servants with the requisite knowledge, skills, experience and attributes from applying for these positions.”
The implementation of the CPSA report was considered by the Official and Staff side at a sub-committee of General Council. Agreement between the parties on the arrangements to apply to future promotion competitions was recorded at the General Council meeting of 27th November 2013.
These new arrangements are designed to ensure that the pool of suitably qualified candidates competing for promotion roles is not restricted on the basis of their current salary band.
In summary, whereas previously eligibility for promotion was generally based on a defined period of service in the grade immediately below that of the post to be filled this will no longer be the case.
The new arrangements provide that where a post is to be filled by way of promotion, the relevant job descriptions and person specifications should set out:-
(a) the purpose and deliverables required for relevant positions or grades; and
(b) the experience, knowledge and skills required of a candidate to be suitable for consideration for appointment to the position or grade.
A copy of the CPSA Report and a letter to Personnel Officers with General Council report 1526 can be seen in the Related Topics box.