Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Thursday, 20 January 2022
Public Accounts Committee
2020 Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 33: Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media
Programme E - Broadcasting
Ms Dee Forbes:
We are dealing with 60 years of legacy and a 167-grade system, as the Deputy said, and it is very complex. The very purpose of engaging with Willis Towers Watson is to look at that and to look at how we can simplify it to a much more workable and modern way of working, and that is all part of the process. We engaged Willis Towers Watson last year. It is a thorough and complex process that will involve a lot of elements. We expect the report to be finished roughly around September of this year, and all the way through that there will be ongoing engagement with Willis Towers Watson on the process. It is all under way. The company, which came through a public procurement process, has also worked with the BBC. The BBC carried out a similar review a number of years ago, so Willis Towers Watson has a lot of experience in the sector. The BBC had similar issues to us as regards legacy numbers and a complex grading structure, and all of that is included in the review that is under way.