Changes are coming to the public sector promotion system - 65% graduates
The Public Service Commission has already started preparatory work for the transition to the new promotion system in the public service
The Public Service Commission has already started preparatory work for the transition to the new promotion system in the public service, which the President of the Public Service Giorgos Papageorgiou characterized as an important step, accompanied by challenges.
As he mentioned in a press conference held for the presentation of the EDY's annual report for 2021, an important step is being taken since, from seniority, qualifications and experience, the system is shifting to the search for the candidate who can now best respond to the needs of a position, with skills as the main criterion.
He also said that it is a major challenge to identify and codify these skills which the civil service will proceed with the amendment of the service plans, which must be completed by January 1, 2024. After the completion of this first leg, he added, it will the second part concerning the correct organization of the assessment centers must be implemented.
He said that a preparatory work has already started for training on the subject and in cooperation with the European Commission a program of 500.000 euros will be financed to meet the filling of the positions with the new procedures. EDY's request for technical support has been approved by the General Directorate for Structural Reform Support (DG REFORM) and the relevant actions are expected to start running in the Autumn of 2022.
At the same time, the President of the EDH referred to the new evaluation system that will exist in the public service, with the aim of escaping from the "equalizing rating" according to which 95% of public servants are all excellent. The rating, he said, will now be numerical and specific criteria will be determined regarding the evaluation of employees.
He added that employees from the A13 scale and above will be evaluated only for development purposes and not for rating purposes, while there will also be the possibility for subordinates to evaluate their superiors, which will not be taken into account for promotion purposes, however may be taken into account by management for purposes of supervisor judgment. At the same time, he noted that there will now be a secondary body to examine the objections submitted in relation to the assessment.
Changes to the promotion system
The main changes envisaged by the new arrangements in relation to the filling of promotional posts include, inter alia, the introduction of a new 'Inter-Departmental Promotion' post category, which, with few exceptions, includes all civil service posts at Grade A13 (ii) the government payroll.
Pre-defined measurable criteria with pre-defined weightings are also provided, depending on the level of each position.
Applicants for the positions of Interdepartmental Promotion (Cl. A13 (ii)) and First Appointment and Promotion (Cl. A14 (ii) and above) are referred to an Examination Center, which is organized or selected, through the tender process, by the EDY.
The Examination Center evaluates the candidates with modern methods such as written exams, tests of abilities, skills, role exercises, presentations, case studies, etc.
For an oral examination before the Public Service Commission, a number of candidates three times the number of vacancies are referred, based on their ranking at the Examination Centre. In front of the EDY, the candidates undergo a structured oral examination.
Seniority, as a criterion, in the positions that were foreseen, is replaced, with the criterion of experience, even in the Promotion Positions.
The candidates' score in their Service Reports is a criterion, which is taken into account and scored only in Promotion Positions and Interdepartmental Promotion Positions.
EDY considers that the new arrangements are modern tools and mechanisms, which are expected to contribute the most to empowering the Commission in the selection of the most suitable candidates, especially in terms of middle management and managerial positions.
An important role in the new procedures defined is played by the Examination Centers to which the candidates will be referred, since the score of the candidates from the Examination Center is of decisive importance in their ranking and has the greatest weight of the criteria used by the Committee for its final decision .
The new regulations, with the exception of the new Evaluation System whose implementation starts from 1.1.23, are implemented from 1.1.24.
The Commission's work in 2021
On July 2, 2021, the President of the Republic proceeded to appoint a new Commission for a six-year term, with Georgios Papageorgiou as President and Antonis Vassiliadis, Vassiliki Anastasiadou, Doro Iliodorou and Costas Koumis as members.
As mentioned at the conference, the Commission, despite the problems created by the pandemic COVID-19 and the restrictive measures implemented, during 2021, it made every possible effort to continue its work, also applying the possibility given to it by law for teleconference meetings.
During 2021, the Committee met in 211 sessions and considered 2.550 items, which is the highest number of items considered since 2017. The majority of the Committee's work (54% of agenda items) was devoted to filling procedures positions.
EDY filled 1.308 positions. Of these, 520 were appointments and 788 were promotions. During 2020, 982 positions were filled, of which 402 were appointments and 580 were promotions.
The Committee accepted 426 candidates in an oral examination to fill First Appointment and First Appointment and Promotion positions, compared to 415 it accepted in 2020. It is noted that the Committee, pursuant to a relevant provision of the Legislation regarding the filling of non-scientific positions, positions whose initial scale does not exceed Scale A7, it also offered appointment to 493 candidates in non-scientific positions without holding an oral examination.
In 2021, the positions legislated on the basis of the State Budget in the Public Service amounted to 15.452 compared to 2020, which was 15.584. Of the 15.452 statutory positions, on 31.12.2021, 12.005 positions were occupied, 4.212 by men (percentage 35.10%) and 7.793 by women (percentage 65%).
The EDY announced 938 First Appointment and First Appointment and Promotion positions, compared to 315 that were announced in 2020.
He reviewed 31 procedures for filling positions, following annulment decisions of the Supreme/Administrative Court. In the context of the reviews, 67 persons were selected, of which 47 were persons who were re-promoted/re-appointed to the position they held and which had been cancelled, while 20 persons were selected for the first time for appointment or promotion in the context of the review.
It also took decisions on the deputy appointment of 45 employees, following relevant recommendations from the competent authorities. It also took decisions on validating the appointment of 85 employees and extending the probationary period of 4 employees and decided on the transfer of 103 employees, following reasoned proposals from the competent authority in each case. Furthermore, it took decisions on the dismissal, for various reasons, of 339 employees and gave its permission for the resignation of 19 employees.
It decided on the secondment of 322 people, of which 34 to the State Health Services Organization (OKYPY), 231 employees to other government services and/or international and European organizations and 57 people from the public service to semi-governmental organizations or vice versa or from a semi-governmental organization to another.
Suspended six employees, pending disciplinary/criminal investigation and/or prosecution. It also imposed disciplinary penalties in the context of adjudicating disciplinary cases or following disciplinary proceedings following the criminal conviction of officials.
Specifically, he imposed the penalty of forced retirement on one employee, a monetary penalty on three employees and the penalty of reprimand on one employee
65% of civil servants are graduates
According to the report, a significant percentage of public servants hold University and/or Postgraduate qualifications. Specifically, while the positions for which a university qualification is a prerequisite constituted only 30% of all public service positions, 64,9% of civil servants hold University and/or Postgraduate qualifications.
Regarding the distribution of positions between men and women in the public service, the percentage of women is significantly increased in admission positions (66,22% in non-scientific positions and 65,10% in scientific positions).
Women are still presented with a slightly increased percentage compared to men in middle management and managerial positions (Details in par. 4.2.5 of the Report). The slightly increased percentage of women in managerial positions is mainly due to the upgrading of the salary scales of the positions of the Legal Service of the Republic, which are held by a large percentage of women.
Important decisions of the Supreme Court on EDY
Important decisions concerning the Public Service Commission were issued during 2021 by the Supreme Court in the context of hearing appeals brought before it.
Of these Decisions, the President of EDY characterized the decisions in Appeals 59/2020 and 91/2014 as particularly important.
Specifically with the Decision of the Supreme Court in Revisional Appeal no. 59/2020 issued on June 7, 2021, it was clearly emphasized that the only competent body for recruitment in the public service, in a permanent or temporary position, is the Public Service Commission as an independent constitutional body and no other body of the state.
Also with the Decision dated February 25, 2021 in the Review Appeal no. 91/2014, the Supreme Court, at Plenary level, confirmed the principle that, in positions high in the hierarchy, where "the personality of its holder is an important element, as regards his suitability for the performance of the duties of the position ”, the Committee has wide discretion in selecting the most suitable candidate.