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 his undivided allegiance to the State at all times and on all occasions when the State has a claim on his services.

  2. A civil servant must not subordinate his duty to his private interests, neither is he to put himself in a position where his duty and his private interests conflict and he must not make use of his 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 his 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).