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Sequencing and Priority

What are First Preference Priority Applicants and how are they 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 First Preference priority applications 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]

 

After Agriculture Surplus staff have been catered for, preference is given in accordance with the sequence outlined above, in assigning posts in decentralising locations to those who applied, via the CAF, on or before the priority application date agreed with the unions i.e. 7th September 2004.   While a total of 10 locations (including locations which have been decentralised under previous decentralisation programmes) may be chosen, offers are made to CAF applicants in respect of their first preference location only.  A CAF applicant shouldn’t receive an offer for a location which is not his or her first preference at the time that the offer is being made. [Personnel Officers Guide: Chapter 3, Para 2.]