Conduct of a civil servant


The Civil Service Code

The following general principles apply to all members of the Civil Service:

  1. The first duty of a civil servant is to give their undivided allegiance to the State at all times and on all occasions when the State has a claim on their services.
  2. A civil servant must not subordinate their duty to their private interests, neither are they to put themselves in a position where their duty and their private interests conflict and they must not make use of their official position to further those interests.

  3. Though the State is in general not concerned with civil servants' private activities, they must not be such as might bring discredit on the Service, for example, heavy gambling and speculation are to be avoided, particularly in departments which have access to information which could be turned to private gain.

  4. It is grossly improper for a civil servant to attempt to procure the intervention of Members of the Legislature or a Member of the Public Services Commission who is not a Member of the Legislature or a non Tynwald Member of any statutory body, in the matter of promotion or otherwise with reference to their position in the Civil Service.

Canvassing by applicants seeking transfer or promotion to any post will disqualify them from appointment.

A copy of the Civil Service Code can be found in the Handbook. Further information can also be found in the Introduction (4) to the Regulations.

(Further information on Conduct – required standards can be found in the Public Services Commission Civil Service Regulations Handbook 2015).