IMPACT has reached agreement on procedures for HSE promotion competitions and panels, which includes a provision for staff on temporary contacts, in a deal agreed at the Workplace Relations Commission. The outcome will see two panels made up of successful applicants, from which promotions to each of the four grades will be filled for a two-year period.
Two panels will be formed for promotions to grade IV posts. Twenty per cent of promotions to grade IV will be filled from a panel confined to clerical officers on fixed-term or specified purpose contracts at grade IV level.
The other 80% will be filled from a panel formed from a competition open to health service clerical officers. At least half the posts filled from the latter panel will be confined to applicants from within the HSE.
A similar arrangement will exist for each of the other three grades – V, VI and VII, with 20% of promotions filled by successful candidates currently on fixed-term or specified purpose contracts, and the remainder from successful applicants from the HSE, Tusla and section 38 bodies.
Staff already on fixed-term or specified purpose contracts will not have to undertake online verbal and numeracy tests.
Management entered the conciliation insisting that at least some posts would be filled from outside the health service, and this remains its longer-term position.
IMPACT national secretary Eamonn Donnelly said he was pleased with the outcome. “Given the absence of promotional opportunities in the health service since the imposition of the moratorium eight years ago, it is only right that existing qualified staff – including an appropriate proportion currently in temporary posts – have the chance to get promoted now that the economic situation has improved,” he said.
The arrangements are to be monitored on a six-monthly basis and a joint review will take place after 18 months.
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