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2-10 Priority Applicants

What is a two-to-ten trawl and when is it undertaken?

Decentralising posts are filled by staff from the following categories of applicants, in the sequence below. A summary of the position in relation to the treatment of the Two-to-Ten Trawl category is below while summaries on the treatment of other categories are elsewhere on this website. 

 

Sequence

Category of Applicant

   

1.

“Agriculture Surplus” staff

2.

CAF Applicants who registered a first preference interest in a particular location before 7th September 2004 (First Preference, Priority Applicants). Staff within this category are ranked as follows:

  • Staff currently serving in the post being decentralised
  • Staff serving at the same grade in the same organisation
  • For CO and SO level, staff on existing transfer lists
  • Staff serving in the same or equivalent grade
  • Staff serving in other grades at corresponding levels

3.

Priority CAF Applicants who indicated a preference in a particular location on the CAF following a “two to ten trawl”. Staff within this category are ranked as follows:

  • Staff currently serving in the posts being decentralised
  • Staff serving at the same grade in the same organisation
  • For CO and SO level, staff on existing transfer lists
  • Staff serving in the same or equivalent grade
  • Staff serving in other grades at corresponding levels

4.

In respect of EO and CO posts, Priority CAF Applications from Higher Tax Officers and Tax Officers respectively.  

5.

CAF Applicants who registered a first preference interest in a particular location after 7th September 2004 (Post Priority Applicants)  

6.

Staff “Acting up” for 2 years or more

7.

Promotees

[Protocol for the Transfer of Staff: Para 2.2.12; Personnel Officers Guide Chapters 3 and 4]

Where the number of first preference priority applications is less than the number of available posts in a grade/location, the PAS contacts priority applicants who specified that location as a lower preference and, in accordance with the sequence outlined above, offers them the option to alter it to their first choice location within a specified time period – usually 10 days.

Applicants who opt to alter their preferences in this way are offered places in keeping with the rankings agreed for the operation of the CAF. Details in relation to the ranking of first preference priority staff, including the treatment of staff serving in the same or equivalent grade and staff serving in other grades at corresponding levels, are set out elsewhere on this website.

The mechanism for approaching these CAF applicants is called a two-to-ten trawl. Each two-to-ten trawl is done by location, grade and organisation.  So for example, a trawl may be necessary to fill the position of Executive Officer in Department of Education and Science moving to Athlone.  [Personnel Officers Guide: Chapter 4, Para 4.2].

While a priority application will lose its priority status if the applicant changes the first preference location outside the 2-10 trawl process, if a person who has changed their first preference location on foot of a 2-10 trawl does not accept an offer for the alternative location, their original first preference is restored without loss of priority.  [Personnel Officers Guide: Chapter 4, Para 4.3].

It should be noted that a two-to-ten trawl is completed before approaching post priority applicants. A separate note on post priority applicants is elsewhere on this website.