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Principal Officer in the Civil Service

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  • There are plenty of PO posts coming up on the formal PO Mobility system. There a few panels or systems operating in parallel - HR, Communicatuons, various one offs, mobility, the open and internals is some Depts. AHCPS has a foot in all those camps so will offend someone no matter what.

    These (mobility) are also counted against open panel 'liabilities', even if the post isn't actually filled on mobility - the expression is enough to be counted.




  • Rosen wrote: »
    These (mobility) are also counted against open panel 'liabilities', even if the post isn't actually filled on mobility - the expression is enough to be counted.[/quot

    Interesting.

    Is there a written agreement regarding that?

    I was keeping an eye on the mobility advertisements as I thought if they weren't filled, they would have to be offered to the open panel.




  • Rosen wrote: »
    These (mobility) are also counted against open panel 'liabilities', even if the post isn't actually filled on mobility - the expression is enough to be counted.

    If they are, they shouldn't be.


    "Where vacancies are filled by Principal Officer mobility, Departments/Offices will reduce their liabilities to open Principal Officer panels by the same number."




  • hardybuck wrote: »
    According to the AHCPS, no closure date has been specified for the 2017 Open PO Panel.

    According to the published terms of the 2017 Open PO Panel "This panel may remain in place for up to two years. "

    Given that we now know the panel commenced 21/11/17 this can therefore be read as follows:

    "This panel may remain in place up to 20/11/19."

    Only 21 people out of a panel of 78 appointed up to mid October 2018.




  • Nocrac wrote: »

    Is there a written agreement regarding that?

    It is on the website of the Department of Public Expenditure and it is only applicable if the vacancy is actually filled.

    So if that is being done by Departments, it's a con-job.

    According to the figures (see posts earlier on), there is a liability of 380 to the open panel. It is self-evident that there is no way PO mobility and specialist recruitment at that level would come next nor near to making up that deficit.


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  • redthermos wrote: »
    According to the published terms of the 2017 Open PO Panel "This panel may remain in place for up to two years. "

    Given that we now know the panel commenced 21/11/17 this can therefore be read as follows:

    "This panel may remain in place up to 20/11/19."

    Only 21 people out of a panel of 78 appointed up to mid October 2018.

    I repeat, the AHCPS said as recently as mid October 2018 that there was no closure date specified, and informed DPER that it is desirable that a closure date is specified for future competitions.

    DPER advised that such panels usually exist for in or around a two year period.




  • Any update on panels?




  • Any update on panels?

    I heard of one person who is about to take a position anyway, in Dublin.




  • Do you have any idea what number they were on the panel?




  • I heard a probably unsurprising rumour that Brexit could put a spanner in the works of any new appointments depending on how it pans out. That said, I have noted a number of vacancies at PO level in my Dept. that have yet to be filled or attempted to be filled.


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  • Maybenever wrote: »
    I heard a probably unsurprising rumour that Brexit could put a spanner in the works of any new appointments depending on how it pans out. That said, I have noted a number of vacancies at PO level in my Dept. that have yet to be filled or attempted to be filled.

    Is the rumour that budget for PO salaries needs to be potentially shifted elsewhere?




  • hardybuck wrote: »
    Is the rumour that budget for PO salaries needs to be potentially shifted elsewhere?

    I'm not sure tbh. Maybe more a "let's not spend anything or commit to spending just in case", for all staffing grades.




  • Maybenever wrote: »
    I'm not sure tbh. Maybe more a "let's not spend anything or commit to spending just in case", for all staffing grades.

    No, don't agree with that line. It's like musical chairs at the moment between promotions and people retiring.




  • Heard of another appointment that took place last week, also Dublin.




  • Will there be a new PO competition soon?




  • AP2019 wrote: »
    Will there be a new PO competition soon?

    Yes. The panel is down at the 50s and 40 odd have been appointed.




  • hardybuck wrote: »
    Yes. The panel is down at the 50s and 40 odd have been appointed.

    No chance they might call a further batch to interview from those who did the aptitude tests?




  • Aitor wrote: »
    No chance they might call a further batch to interview from those who did the aptitude tests?

    I would be extremly surprised if they chose that option.




  • hardybuck wrote: »
    I would be extremly surprised if they chose that option.

    I spoke to someone in PAS sometime ago who said they felt the panel would run until November (regional)




  • Rosen wrote: »
    I spoke to someone in PAS sometime ago who said they felt the panel would run until November (regional)

    I don't think that's possible once you form another panel.


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  • Rosen wrote: »
    I spoke to someone in PAS sometime ago who said they felt the panel would run until November (regional)

    I recently spoke to someone working in PAS and they suggested there would be a new PO competition "in early 2019". I got no more detail than that, and no mention of what happens to the current panel I'm afraid.




  • Bobby04 wrote: »
    I recently spoke to someone working in PAS and they suggested there would be a new PO competition "in early 2019". I got no more detail than that, and no mention of what happens to the current panel I'm afraid.

    A Competition in planned for Q2 2019




  • Rosen wrote: »
    I spoke to someone in PAS sometime ago who said they felt the panel would run until November (regional)

    I think you could if the new panel was explicitly only for Dublin




  • Looks like they're pretty close to the end of the panel for Dublin




  • AP2019 wrote: »
    Will there be a new PO competition soon?

    Yes.

    Due to start Q2 this year.




  • hardybuck wrote: »
    Yes. The panel is down at the 50s and 40 odd have been appointed.

    Panel at 63 with 45 having been appointed.




  • I heard that there was at least one promotion in the past few days so it might be up to 70 at this stage.




  • Were there any stats produced around the mix of internal and external (ie non CS) candidates at each stage of the panel - ie the mix that applied, got shortlisted, got appointed to the PO(higher) panel/positions, got appointed to the Counsellor panel/positions and got PO appointments? Or do they release that level of data?




  • Somewhere earlier in this thread I read that less than 10 were non-CS.


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  • Panel at 63 with 45 having been appointed.

    23 remaining on the panel from 78. That would point to 55. If the panel is at 63(ish) it would point to a few that are waiting on regional appointments.


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