Codes of Practice

Codes of Practice

The codes of practice have been created by the CPSA to set out guidelines and standards for all those carrying out internal and external recruitment in the public service.

The five recruitment principles as laid out in the Code of Practice are;

1. Probity
2. Appointments made on merit
3. An appointment process in line with best practice
4. A fair appointment process applied with consistency
5. Appointments made in an open, accountable and transparent manner 

Each Code of Practice sets out to ensure that:

  • All standards and codes are upheld to make the recruitment process effective, efficient and ethical.
  • The best person in terms of qualifications, attributes and skills is appointed to the job.
  • All recruitment processes and practices are efficient, cost effective and in line with best practice.
  • The recruitment process is completely free of discrimination of any kind.
  • The recruitment process is open and transparent and that it provides Candidates with honest feedback.

Each booklet contains advice and standards to help employers adapt these principles in the areas of advertising, assessment, documentation and feedback, selection, appointment and training and management.

Click on the following links below for the complete code of practice for each of the sectors below:

Guidelines for Appointments to positions not under the remit of the Public Service Management (Recruitment and Appointments) Act 2004

The Public Appointments Service (PAS) mainly operates under the Public Service Management (Recruitment and Appointments) Act 2004 (PSM (R&A) Act) and the Code of Practice published by the Commission for Public Service Appointments (CPSA) under the terms of that Act. However from time to time PAS is requested to conduct, or assist with, recruitment and selection processes which do not fall under the remit of this Act. These Guidelines have been prepared to provide guidance in respect of these processes. It also sets out the requirements in relation to the conduct of candidates in the selection process.

These Guidelines set out the framework for such appointment processes and centres on the five recruitment principles that have been set out in the Codes of Practice prepared by the CPSA for appointment to positions falling under the remit of the Act. The Guidelines are based on the CPSA Codes of Practice thereby ensuring that a standardised approach to recruitment is adopted in all campaigns conducted by PAS.

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