The Public Service Management (Recruitment and Appointments) Act 2004 provides the regulatory framework for fair, transparent and merit-based recruitment and selection in the Irish public service. It replaced the Civil Service Commissioners Act 1954 and abolished the Civil Service Commission.
The Act sets out the rules for recruitment and obliges public bodies to uphold the Code of Practice when making an appointment. If an appointment is required to be made under the Act, a selection process must be carried out. That process must:
The Act applies to the civil and public service positions listed below.
The Act does not apply to appointments to:
If an appointment is to be made under the Act, there must be a selection process that:
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 employees will be civil servants, they are subject to our Code of Practice and oversight.
If the public body was set up before 2004, it may say appointments must be in line with the Civil Service Act 1956. These appointments are also subject to our Code and oversight.
However, if the legislation does not say appointments are to be made under the Act or that the employees are civil servants, they do not fall under 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.