Public competitions change. “Goodbye pen and paper, the PA finally enters modernity”, comments Renato Brunetta, Minister for Public Administration, the publication in the Official Gazette of the decree law 44/2021 (the so-called “Covid decree”), coordinated with the conversion law 76/2021, which in article 10 contains the reform of public competitions. The selection procedures in the public sector will all be digital, rapid and transparent. Since May 3, many competitions have restarted or are in the start-up phase, for a total of 12 thousand jobs, thanks to the new Protocol for conducting selective tests in complete safety, validated by the experts of the Technical-Scientific Committee. Public function has already planned the competitions with simplified procedures for the recruitment of 6,303 units including: 1,514 for officials and inspectors of the Ministry of Labor; 2,133 for administrative officials of the Ministry of Justice. Shortly, selections for 1,284 places will be announced for: 550 officials and employees of the Ministry of Economy; 250 officials from the Ministry of Culture – these are precious opportunities, especially in this pandemic period. In the next few days, the “recruitment decree” will be added to the Covid decree, which will complete the unitary accompanying package of the Pnrr (National Recovery and Resilience Plan) together with simplifications and governance. public employment with the Covid decree. Here are the selection procedures for the competitions already announced, those to be announced during the state of emergency and those in full swing. Competitions with post-Covid-19 regime: procedures For competitions with post-Covid emergency regime, the mandatory procedures include: – a single written test and an oral test; – for highly specialized technical profiles, an evaluation phase of legally recognized qualifications strictly related to the nature and characteristics of the positions banned for the purpose of admission to the subsequent phases; – the use of IT and digital tools in compliance with the legislation on the protection of personal data, traceability and security. plenary session, procedures and evaluation criteria, homogeneous and binding for all sub-committees, which will be published on the administration website at the same time as the final ranking. Competitions already announced: selection procedures For competitions already announced, for which no test was taken, the procedures in force remain until the state of emergency continues. Furthermore, the use of IT and digital tools is envisaged in compliance with the legislation on the protection of personal data, traceability, security. Competitions to be announced: selection procedures For the competitions to be announced, the compulsory procedures consist of: – in a single written test (the oral test is possible); – in an evaluation phase of the legally recognized qualifications strictly related to the nature and characteristics of the positions banned for the purpose of admission to the subsequent stages; – in the use of IT and digital tools in compliance with the legislation on the protection of personal data, traceability, security. Public competitions 2021: possible procedures The public competitions already announced, those that will be announced during the state of emergency and those fully operational provide for possible selection procedures, which can be used with the available resources. These methods provide for: for highly technical specialization profiles, a phase of evaluation of legally recognized qualifications related to the nature and characteristics of the positions banned for the purpose of admission to the subsequent phases. Qualifications and any professional experience can contribute to the final score to an extent not exceeding one third (with reopening of the notice and advertising); – any videoconference for the oral exam; – decentralized offices; – any non-contextuality guaranteeing transparency and homogeneity of evidence. Guidelines of the Scientific Technical Committee The new protocol for public competitions validated by the Scientific Technical Committee provides for: – maximum duration of the test in the presence of 1 hour; for the staff of the organization (even if vaccinated); – the use of IT and digital tools in compliance with the legislation on the protection of personal data, traceability, security; – decentralized offices (based on the number of candidates), in order to limit maximum travel; – the obligation to wear the ffp2 mask (to be provided by the organization); – adequate air changes; – distance between candidates; – differentiated routes for entrances and exits; – collaboration with the regional and national civil protection for the organization and management of evidence.