Principal Functions of the Public Service Commission

Section 6 of the Public Service Act stipulates the following:

"6 Principal Functions of the Commission

The functions of the Commission are to–

  1. develop systems, standards and procedures for the continual performance improvement and performance management of the Public Service;
  2. act as adviser to Government on the management of the Public Service;
  3. consult with the Prime Minister on a regular basis regarding the performance of the Public Service;
  4. advise the Prime Minister on, and monitor the implementation of public employment policies;
  5. ensure that the Public Service upholds the Public Service Principles;
  6. appoint, promote, confirm, discipline and dismiss employees and resolve employment disputes;
  7. determine the respective designations and other terms and conditions, including the remuneration, for employment for employees subject to the approval of Cabinet;
  8. promote, uphold and ensure adherence to the merit principle in the selection of persons as, and the promotion and transfer of employees;
  9. determine practices and procedures relating to the recruitment and appointment of persons as employees, the promotion of employees and the employment, transfer, secondment, redeployment, discipline and termination of employment of employees and any other matters relating to human resource management;
  10. consult with and advise Chief Executive Officers in relation to the development and application of appropriate human resource practices and procedures in their respective Ministries;
  11. consult with Chief Executive Officers in relation to the application of public employment policies in their respective Ministries;
  12. co-ordinate training, education and development programs regarding the Public Service in conjunction with Chief Executive Officers;
  13. assist as appropriate Chief Executive Officers in evaluating the performance of employees employed in their Ministries;
  14. consult with Chief Executive Officers on the development of appropriate standards and programs of occupational health and safety;
  15. conduct or cause to be conducted inquiries and investigations into, and reviews of, the management practices of Ministries;
  16. assist as appropriate Chief Executive Officers in the performance of their functions relating to the management of their Ministries;
  17. manage and mitigate disputes and grievances;
  18. regularly consult stakeholders on matters regarding the interests of the employees;
  19. assess or undertake, in consultation with the relevant Minister, an annual performance review of the Chief Executive Officers; and
  20. such other functions as are imposed by or under this or any other Act, or as directed by the Prime Minister."