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Recruitment

Recruitment and Selection Procedure

It is the policy of Clare County Council that the recruitment and selection procedure shall be operated in an open and fair manner, in line with good practice recruitment and selection standards, employment legislation and relevant circulars from the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.

There are protocols in relation to the filling of vacancies, for example, the Public Appointments Service is responsible for the filling of specific senior posts in the local authority and the filling of all other posts will be managed by the individual local authority through confined or open competitions.

The recruitment and selection procedure applies to candidates for all competitions (internal/external) i.e. employees of the Council and any external candidates.  This procedure covers all activities that form part of the recruitment and selection process.

Employment conditions

Superannuation

Public Service Pensions (Single Scheme and Other Provisions) Act 2012:

New members joining the Public Sector on or after 1st January, 2013 will be required to join the Single Public Service Pension Scheme. The Single Scheme applies to all pensionable first-time entrants to the Public Service as well as to former public servants returning to the public service after a break of more than 26 weeks. In each pay period an amount equivalent to 3.5% of net pensionable remuneration PLUS 3% of pensionable remuneration will be deducted as the member’s contribution under the Scheme. This includes a contribution to a Spouse’s and Children’s Scheme.

 

Persons who commenced Public Sector Employment prior to 1ST January 2013:

Persons who become pensionable employees of a local authority who are liable to pay the Class A rate of PRSI contribution will be required in respect of their superannuation to contribute to the local authority at the rate of 1.5% of their pensionable remuneration plus 3.5% of net pensionable remuneration (i.e. pensionable remuneration less twice the annual rate of social insurance old age contributory pension payable at the maximum rate to a person with no adult dependent or qualified children).

Persons who become pensionable employees of a local authority who are liable to pay the Class D rate of PRSI contribution will be required in respect of their superannuation to contribute to the local authority at the rate of 5% of their pensionable remuneration.

All persons who become pensionable employees of a local authority will be required in respect of the Local Government (Spouses and Children’s Contributory Pension) Scheme to contribute to the local authority at the rate of 1.5% of their pensionable remuneration in accordance with the terms of the scheme.

Retirement

Public Service Pensions (Single Scheme and Other Provisions) Act 2012 :

The compulsory retirement age for new entrants as defined by the Public Service Pensions (Single Scheme and Other Provisions) Act 2012 is 70 years. Minimum pension age of 66 years, rising to 67 years and 68 years in line with State Pension age changes, is applicable.

Public Service Superannuation (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2004: 

There is no mandatory retirement age for ‘New Entrants’ from 1st April, 2004 to the public service as defined in the Public Service Superannuation (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2004. 65 years is the minimum age at which a person may be paid.  As a new entrant to the public service, under the terms of this legislation, new entrants will not be required to retire on grounds of age.

Anyone who is not a ‘New Entrant’ to the public service, defined in the Public Service Superannuation (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2004 is subject to compulsory retirement age of 65 years.

Sick Leave

The terms of the Public Service Sick Pay Scheme will prevail.

Page last reviewed: 10/12/18

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