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Cir. 48/2013

(19 Dec 2013)

Circular 48/2013 - Eligibility Criteria for Promotion of Staff in the Civil Service

Dear Branch Secretary

The Association was previously in contact with members in relation to the Report of the Commission for Public Service Appointments (CPSA) on eligibility criteria for promotion of staff in the Civil Service. This was previously circulated to members. The Association did not agree to the recommendations contained in this report.

The Staff Side unions engaged in discussions with the Official Side in relation to the implications of this report. The Association’s position in relation to this matter is that posts should not be opened up to all levels. This was also the position of the PSEU. However, the other unions on the Staff Side took a different view and effectively the Association and the PSEU were outvoted.

The attached Agreed Report outlines that in establishing eligibility for promotion to positions in the Civil Service, the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform should remove any criteria that may prevent civil servants with the requisite skills, experience and attributes from applying for promotion positions. Therefore the pool of suitably qualified candidates competing for promotion roles will not be restricted on the basis of their current salary band or stream. This means that CO/EO/HEO or professional/technical grades are eligible to compete for promotion to PO if they met the necessary criteria.

Please circulate this message to all members. This circular will also be placed on the Association’s website

Can I also take this opportunity to wish members a merry Christmas and a happy New Year?



Dave Thomas
General Secretary
Association of Higher Civil and Public Servants
Flemings Hall
12 Flemings Place
Dublin 4

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