New civil service evaluation system from 2024

A new public sector appointment and promotion assessment system will start on January 1, 2024, in line with the civil service reform.

Under the new system, candidates will no longer be selected solely on knowledge, academic achievement and experience, but will also be judged on the basis of their abilities and skills to meet the requirements of the position they seek.

Past evaluations that almost all public servants were rated as excellent will no longer exist.

According to a 2021 report by the Public Service Commission (PSC), 95% of public servants were rated as “excellent” on all eight evaluation points. And only nine of the 12,005 employees received “not satisfactory” and even that on specific points of their evaluation.

Presenting the Commission’s annual report on Tuesday, PSC Chairman George Papageorgiou said the grading system will now be numerical and specific criteria will be set for employee assessment.

The Commission has already started preparations for the transition to the new system of promotions and appraisals in the civil service.

As part of the reform, a new category of interministerial promotion for posts in the A13 grid will be introduced. Employees of Parliament, the Court of Auditors and the diplomatic service will be exempt.

In addition, all candidates for interdepartmental promotions will be required to pass examinations and pass interviews at the PSC.

The reform is a big bet for the PSC and the most important prerequisite for its success is the capacity of the examination centers to prepare valid exam essays and tests.

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