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Acting Up Agreements - Civil Service Staff

How are civil service staff on Acting Up Allowances assigned?

Decentralising posts are filled by staff from the following categories of applicants, in the sequence below. A summary of the position in relation to civil service staff on Acting Up arrangements is below. The position on the treatment of each of the other categories is 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]

 

When CAF Applicants who registered a first preference interest in a particular location after 7th September 2004 (Post Priority Applicants) have been dealt with, preference is given, in accordance with the sequence outlined above, to those who were in receipt of an acting up allowance for a period of two years when he or she transferred to another Department for the purposes of decentralising. The terms of the acting up agreement reached with the unions is elsewhere on this website.

It should be noted that the terms of this agreement do not apply to people decentralising with their own Department i.e. while a person would get promoted to a substantive grade if they are going to another Department’s undersubscribed location, they would not get promoted to go to their own undersubscribed location. The reason for this is that there is nothing in the agreement to prevent Departments addressing the position of “acting up” staff in their own Department -subject to following the normal rules in relation to internal promotions etc. The purpose of the agreement is to deal with the position of those who might be disadvantaged by having to transfer to another organisation. [CDU Advice: May 2006]