I wish to inform the Deputy that the Civil Service Code of Standards and Behaviour is an important element of the overall framework within which my Department's staff are expected to work. The Code sets out the standards required of my staff in the conduct and discharge of their duties.
My staff are subject to continuous assessment of compliance with expected performance standards, through the probation system, in their first year of appointment or following promotion. My staff are subject to ongoing review of performance and compliance with standards through the Performance Management and Development System throughout their careers. For those staff whose behavior or performance at work does not meet the standards, they may be subject to appropriate action under the Civil Service Disciplinary Code.
Since 2011, 2 Department staff were reverted to a former grade and 1 staff member was dismissed when they did not achieve the appropriate performance standards during probation. In addition, 1 staff member resigned following the initiation of disciplinary proceedings and before those proceedings were concluded.