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Sequencing and Priority

Does the CAF take account of applications made through the Central Transfer List system?

Inter-Departmental transfer lists are in place for both Clerical Officer and Staff Officer grades and the transfer list system gives precedence on a chronological basis i.e. each post is allocated to the individual whose name has been on the transfer list for the greatest period of time i.e. seniority in the grade is not relevant.

The CAF allows applicants to indicate if their name is included on a transfer list for the location(s) for which they are applying. Where first preference priority applicants at CO and SO level are included on such lists, they are assigned to decentralising posts after all staff currently serving in the post being decentralised and all staff serving at the same grade in the same organisation have been assigned.

Existing transfer lists will be closed with effect from the date when staff are asked to express a preference for a transfer. [HR Document: Paragraph 2.1.21].  

The decentralising organisation will ensure in cases where a location is oversubscribed that posts are allocated strictly according to the CAF rules.  In order to do this, decentralising organisations will verify CO and SO placings on transfer lists, by requesting that all likely departments check CAF applicants at CO and SO level against their relevant transfer lists.  For any specific location, such as Limerick for example, there may be as many transfer lists as there are civil service offices in the city.  This verification will need to be completed before offers are made to COs from outside the organisation if:- 

    • the decentralisation location is oversubscribed for CO and/or SOs; or
    • the move to the new location will occur in phases which have significant intervening timeframes. 

In such cases, posts in the early phases should be offered to those who have the highest CAF rankings. Otherwise verification is undertaken at a later stage in order to determine the relative seniority of each CO and/or SO.  [Personnel Officers Guide: Chapter 5, Para 5.3]