Written answers

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Department of Health

Departmental Staff Data

Photo of Michael McGrathMichael McGrath (Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
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232. To ask the Minister for Health if he will provide a detailed list in tabular form of all staff vacancies, within his Department and in each agency under his Department's remit, at principal officer grade or above, including the title of the vacant post and the functional area to which it belongs; the length of time the post has been vacant; the salary attached to the post in question; in respect of agencies where Civil Service grades do not apply, if he will include vacancies where the post attracts a salary equivalent to or greater than a principal officer grade; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25124/14]

Photo of James ReillyJames Reilly (Minister, Department of Health; Dublin North, Fine Gael)
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When posts at Principal Officer level and higher become vacant, my Department will first examine the possibility for the re-organisation of assignments within our current Employment Control Framework ceiling. Such posts are not counted as vacancies until that exercise is completed and Department of Public Expenditure and Reform sanction is granted to fill the particular post. On that basis, I set out below the vacancies that currently exist at the specified level.

There are three vacancies in my Department at Assistant Secretary level which are in the functional areas of Human Resources, Finance and Primary Care. All of these arise from dates at end May to mid June and are currently the subject of open competition run by the Top Level Appointments Committee (TLAC) in conjunction with the Public Appointments Service (PAS).

There is also a vacancy for a Chief Pharmacist which exists since 12th October 2013 and we are working with the PAS to fill this post and for a Senior Statistician which exists since 31st May 2014, both of which are at Principal Officer level.

The salary scales for Assistant Secretary and Principal Officer are set out in the table below.

GradeNon-Personal Pension Contribution * Personal Pension Contribution **
Assistant Secretary€119,572, €124,917, €130,706, €136,496€125,761, €131,385, €137,481, €143,535
Principal Officer €75,647, €78,670, €81,676, €84,706, €87,258,



€89,906 (after 3 years satisfactory service at the maximum)

€92,550 (after 6 years satisfactory service at the maximum)
€79,401, €82,587, €85,750, €88,936, €91,624,


€94,410 (after 3 years satisfactory service at the maximum)

€97,194 (after 6 years satisfactory service at the maximum)
*Non-Personal Pension Contribution

This rate will apply where the appointee is a civil or public servant recruited before 6th April 1995 and who is not required to make a Personal Pension Contribution.

**Personal Pension Contribution (PPC)

This rate will apply where the appointee is an existing civil or public servant appointed on or after 6th April 1995 or is newly recruited to the Civil Service and is required to make a personal pension contribution.

The information relating to the non-commercial agencies under the aegis of the Department is being collated and will be forwarded directly to the Deputy.

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