Recruitment in the Malta Public Service is regulated by Chapter 10 of the Constitution of Malta. Section 109 provides for the creation of a Public Service Commission (PSC) and for a mechanism which amongst others regulates recruitment in the Public Service.
Barring a few exceptions, appointments in the Malta Public Service are PSC endorsed and approved by the Prime Minister of Malta. Such power emerged from the Constitution. In fact section 110 (1) provides that “Subject to the provisions of this Constitution, power to make appointments to public offices and to remove and to exercise disciplinary control over persons holding or acting in any such offices shall vest in the Prime Minister, acting on the recommendation of the Public Service Commission….”
Appointments are made either to grades or to positions on contract in the various Ministries and Departments constituting the Service through competitive selection exercises. All grades are grouped in twenty salary scales and emerge from a number of Classification Agreements which constitute career streams, the majority of which were negotiated with trade unions. These are supplemented by ad hoc positions on a definite contract which are created according to the exigencies of the Service.