There is a mandatory notice period for anyone who wants to resign or retire from the Civil Service. This is to allow management time to assess the effect of the notice on the relevant business area.
Principal Officers or equivalent, and above, must give at least three months’ minimum notice for retiring or resigning. If you are at Assistant Principal Officer grade or below, you need to give one months’ notice.
You should aim to begin the retirement process at least six or eight weeks before your planned leaving date, and clearly indicate your last day of service. This will allow enough time to complete all the administration work and avoid any unnecessary delays in receiving your pension benefits. If you don’t give enough notice, there may be a delay in superannuation benefits and any other payments you are owed. Your salary will only be paid up to the last date of your actual service.
- The notice of resignation/retirement must be unconditional.
- You cannot withdraw notice to resign or retire on or after the date you gave as the last date of service.
- You can take annual leave entitlements as part of the overall notice requirement.
Your planned date for retiring or resigning could also affect your annual leave entitlement. Check with the annual leave estimator to estimate your new annual leave entitlement.
Retirement from the Civil Service is usually based on age. If you are retiring due to ill health, you are covered by the procedures laid down in circular 22/2007 . You can also read the information about the Public Service Sick Leave Scheme.