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The Commission is Ireland’s regulator for public service recruitment.

Our primary statutory responsibility is to set standards for recruitment and selection, which we publish as Codes of Practice. We safeguard these standards through regular monitoring and auditing of recruitment and selection activities.

The legislation establishing the Commission and governing its work is the Public Service Management (Recruitment and Appointments) Act 2004.

Recent Audits of Recruitment and Selection Activity

The Commission prepares a short report detailing the outcome of each audit and evaluation process and, where appropriate, includes recommendations to address any area for improvement identified during the exercise.

The following recent audits are available to read or download.

April 2017Audit of Appointments to Consultant positions in the Health Service Executive (HSE) conducted by the
Public Appointment Service
March 2016Audit of Policies and Practices relating to Local Recruitment
and Appointments by HR Departments for HSE Hospital Groups :
(i) University Hospital Waterford
(ii) University Hospital Limerick
December 2015Audit of Recruitment and Selection Policies and Practices within An Garda Síochána relating to promotions to the Rank of Sergeant and Inspector
February 2015Audit of Policies and Practices relating to Appointments within the Houses of the Oireachtas