Senior Civil Service Association

Welcome to our website

Formerly known as the Association of Assistant Secretaries & Higher Grades, the Association is a non-unionised staff association representing the interests of its members drawn from the rank of Assistant Secretary, Assistant Secretary equivalent and higher, in the Irish civil service.

Further information about the Association can be found on our ‘ABOUT US’ page


To join the Association, please go to our MEMBERSHIP PAGE for details and to access the relevant application form.


Building Momentum – New Public Service Pay Agreement

Information of the application of the terms of the new Public Service Pay Agreement, Building Momentum, to the Assistant Secretary and Deputy Secretary grades is available in our Members’ Area.

Attendance by Members at Oireachtas Committees

The Association has written (May 2020) to the Ceann Comhairle regarding arrangements for attendance by members at Oireachtas Committees. A copy of the correspondence (including the Ceann Comhairle’s reply) can be found in our Members Area.

Pay Restoration Update – Impact of Public Service Stability Agreement 2018 – 2020 

A full explanation of the implications of the Agreement for members of the Association is available now in our Members Area

Second Submission to the Public Service Pay Commission

In November 2017, the Association made a second submission to the Public Service Pay Commission in relation to Phase 2 of its work concerning recruitment and retention issues at senior levels of the public service. A copy of the submission is available via our Members’ Area

Assistant Secretary Remuneration – Pay Comparisons

The Association has from time to time commissioned independent experts to establish comparisons of remuneration for senior grades in the Irish civil service with that comparable employment in the private sector here as well as with comparable civil service grades in other jurisdictions. These studies have been carried out on our behalf by Mercer, one of the world’s largest human resource consultancy firms. Links to all of the studies are available publicly on our DOCUMENTS page.