If a public body needs to assign a person to higher duties on an immediate but temporary basis, it may not be in a position to carry out a selection process in line with the primary code. If the appointment is for a duration of less than 6 months, an acting-up appointment can be made under this code which allows the public body to speed up or leave out parts of the normal selection process.
Appointments should be made under this code only to address short-term critical needs. If the role needs to be filled for more than six months, or on a permanent basis, a recruitment process should be run under the primary code.
It may be necessary, on rare occasions, for the Civil Service to regrade a person to another grade at an equivalent level. This code lets the person move to a regraded position without having to carry out a full, merit-based process under the primary code.
It may be necessary, from time to time, for an appointment process to apply only to unestablished civil servants. This code allows for this. It would be considered too restrictive under the primary code.
While appointments made under this code are not always subject to the full selection process, the public body must ensure the person appointed is suitably qualified and fit for the role.
It must also document appointments made under this code – explaining the circumstances of the selection and the steps taken to fill the role.
Appointments made under this code are subject to the review and appeal mechanisms.