The role of the Commission is to ensure that appointments to publicly funded positions are fair, transparent and merit-based.
The Code of Practice sets out the key recruitment principles and standards for appointments. We have an oversight role in ensuring public bodies within our remit adhere to these standards when carrying out a selection process.
You can also request to review or appeal an appointment, if you believe it was unfair or wrong.
Our key responsibilities include:
Setting out and promoting good recruitment practice
Publishing the Code of Practice
Issuing recruitment licences
Outlining how to review and appeal if you are unhappy with an appointment
Examining complaints about alleged breaches of the code
Ensuring code are upheld
Auditing recruitment and selection at public bodies
Helping and guiding public bodies
What we oversee
The Commission is the regulator for appointments to positions in the civil and public service made under the Public Service Management (Recruitment and Appointments) Act 2004.
In these cases, a public body must ensure its appointments are fair, transparent and merit-based and that they adhere to the Code of Practice.
Public bodies where the selection must be made under the Act
The Commission does not oversee appointments to:
The private sector
Public bodies where the selection does not need to be made under the Act
Positions set up under the Constitution
Office-holder positions, such as Ministers of Government and of State, Attorney General and Ombudsman
Presidential and government roles
Officer of the Houses of the Oireachtas
Some temporary positions made in the public interest
Positions designated as scheduled occupations under the Act – such as service officers, watchmen and cleaners
If an appointment has to be made in line with the Act, a fair and merit-based selection process must be carried out. The selection process must:
Adhere to the Code of Practice
Include the review and appeal mechanisms set out in the Code
Be carried out by a body that holds a recruitment licence (for external recruitment only)
You can find out if an appointment is subject to the Act by checking the public body’s governing legislation at www.irishstatutebook.ie.
If it says appointments are to be made under the Act (or that the employees are civil servants), then the appointments are subject to our Code of Practice and oversight.
If the public body was set up before 2004, the legislation may say appointments must be made in line with the Civil Service Commissioners Act 1956.
These appointments are also subject to our Code and oversight.
In some cases, the legislation of a public body may specify that some appointments are subject to the Act, while others are not. Contact us if you are not sure.