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Time to challenge public sector recruitment freeze


We're gathering evidence to present to Barnett Government ministers about why they should grant exemptions to the recently announced public sector recruitment freeze.

 

Help build the case for freeze exemptions:

If you could tell your your minister about the impact the freeze will have on the work your agency does for the community, what would you say? Submit your response below to be added to our submission.

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Recruitment freeze faqs

What happens if someone leaves their position during this period? How will the job be filled?

Agencies can continue to fill vacancies through acting, secondment and transfer, or the appointment of a registerable or registered employee. These opportunities will be extended to current permanent public sector employees only.

During this period, vacancies can be filled by an existing permanent employee on either a temporary basis via acting or secondment, or permanently through a transfer at level, or by the appointment of a registered redeployee.

If an existing permanent employee fills a temporary vacancy at the same or a higher level within their own agency, this is acting. If an existing permanent employee fills a temporary vacancy at the same or a higher level outside of their own agency, this is a secondment.

Existing permanent employees may only fill a vacancy at a higher level on a temporary basis - there will be no permanent promotions during the freeze.

Existing fixed term contract employees may be issued a further fixed term appointment in the same position, or in another position at the same or lower level (subject to an individual assessment of merit ), within their employing agency during the freeze.

Can my fixed term contract or acting position be converted to permanency during the freeze?

No. The Public Sector Commission has advised that the recruitment freeze restricts new permanent appointments until 30 June 2016, unless a formal offer of a permanent appointment was made prior to 21 December 2015.

Can positions be created or eliminated during this time?

Yes. Although the freeze may make newly created positions difficult to fill, agencies can proceed with organisational change during the freeze.

Am I allowed to apply for a position in a different agency?

If you are an existing permanent employee, the answer is yes. Existing permanent employees can fill vacancies across the public sector through acting, secondment or transfer during this period. See explanation above.

If you are an existing fixed term contract employee, the answer is no. You can only be issued a further fixed term contract in the same position or another position at the same or lower level within your agency.

What will happen if my fixed term contract is set to expire before July 1st 2016?

You can be issued a further fixed term appointment in the same position or in another position at the same or lower level within your agency during the freeze. We recommend that you:

  • Be aware of the date that your current contract expires

    If your contract ends and you cease being a current public sector employee, your agency may not be able to offer you another contract during this period. Record your contract expiry date in your work calendar, phone or diary so it doesn’t pass you by.

  • Set a date to enquire about a contract extension or new contract

    Don’t leave it until the day before it ends - engage in conversation with your manager a month prior to the expiry. Again, put a reminder in your work calendar, phone or diary.

  • Keep an eye on the internal job board

    During the freeze no external appointments can be made and vacancies can only be filled by current employees. Keep an eye on the internal job board for vacancies within your agency that will extend your employment if your current contract is not renewed.

  • Know your Union Delegate and Union Organiser

    It is important to know what your rights are during this period. This is where your Union comes in. If you’re not sure about something contact your Union Delegate or Organiser.

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