Exceptions Forms

Exceptions to the Recruitment Principles are delegated to departments except where the Commission’s prior is approval is required.
The Commissioner's prior approval is required for: 
  • Any appointment by Exception at Senior Civil Service Pay Band 2 or above at any grade on a salary at or above the SCS Pay Band 2 minimum, pro rata
  • Any extension or variation of any fixed-term appointment previously agreed by the Commission at Senior Civil Service Pay Band 2 or above or on a salary at or above the SCS Pay Band 2 minimum 
  • The use of an Exception within 12 months of an earlier Exception for the same individual (but not for former civil servants appointed under the terms of Exception 5) 
  • Any fixed-term appointment by Exception, or Exceptions, in excess of two years 
When requesting the prior approval of the Commission we suggest departments use the following forms. Failure to use the form may mean important information is missing and it may take longer to receive a decision from the Commission.

Please note, all our forms are in Microsoft Word format. Should you require a different format, for accessibility purposes for example, please email in with details to info@csc.gov.uk 
Exception Appointment at SCS 2 and aboveSalary is above the SCS Pay Band 2 minimumExtension for an appointment over 2 yearsAppointment by exception within 12 months of an earlier exceptionException 2: Support for Government Employment ProgrammesException 10: Conversion to Permanency



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