Civil Service Commission: Annual Reports

Scope and Content

A set of annual reports published by the Civil Service Commission. Each report includes:

  • list of membership;
  • chair person's report;
  • breakdown of posts/positions by Board and Department.

The series also contains a file containing papers relating to the composition of the 1986 Civil Service Commission Annual Report, with some later material:

  • breakdown of Government employees 1981-1986, draft version of table that appears in the 1986 annual report;
  • letter from the Government Officers Association to the Civil Service Commission regarding subsistence allowance, Dec 1992;
  • letter from the Civil Service Commission to the Information Systems Division regarding trainee analysts and programmers, Oct 1991;
  • correspondence regarding the intention to repeal the necessity for Tynwald Boards and Departments to submit Annual Reports to Tynwald, Feb 1987;
  • press cuttings [copy] regarding low moral throughout the Civil Service, with related correspondence 1986;
  • extract from Civil Service Commission minutes, regarding Annual Reports, 1986, with related correspondence and a draft copy of the 1986 report.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Civil Service Commission came into existence in 1962, on the passing of the Isle of Man Civil Service Act 1962. This act created a unified civil service out of all full-time administrative, professional and technical officers employed by a board of Tynwald or a Government Department. The Civil Service Commission was given the responsibility of making appointments, transfers and promotions throughout this new Civil Service. Initially, secretarial support for the Commission was provided by staff from Government Office.

The Civil Service Act 1990 formalised the role of the Commission.

Functions of the Commission:

  • recruitment, appointment and training of civil servants;
  • set salary scales, terms and conditions of employment;
  • overview and provision for the welfare of civil servants.

Membership of the Commission was regulated as follows:

-the Commission should include a Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson, who would be members of Tynwald;

-the Commission should include up to three other members, who should not be members of Tynwald;

-all members of the Commission are appointed by the Chief Minister;

-members of the Civil Service are not eligible to serve as members of the Commission.

The Civil Service Commission was wound up by the Public Services Bill 2015, which made provisions for its functions to be combined with that of the Whitley Council and reconstituted as the Public Services Commission. At the time of its dissolution in Sep 2015, the Civil Service Commission was administered by the Industrial Relations and Policy Section of the Office of Human Resources, that sits within the Isle of Man Cabinet Office.


S24/1 Civil Service Commission: Annual Reports

S24/2 Civil Service Commission: working papers

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Archivist's Note

Katherine Doyle, Autumn 2015

Separated Material

Also held at the Isle of Man Public Record Office:

S23 Civil Service Commission: Agendas and Minutes

S25 Civil Service Commission: Administrative papers

S26 The Whitley Council for Isle of Man Public Service (Manual Workers) Agenda and Minutes

S27 The Whitley Council for Isle of Man Public Service (Manual Workers) Constitution and Membership Papers

Related Material

Also held at the Isle of Man Public Record Office:

S17/1/1214-1217: Records of the Chief Secretary’s Office: papers regarding Civil Service; 1947-1950.

C14/1 ‘W’: Records of the Chief Secretary’s Office: papers regarding Whitley Council; 1948-1969.