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Thursday, 24 October 2019

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

Departmental Contracts Data

Photo of Willie O'DeaWillie O'Dea (Limerick City, Fianna Fail)
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330. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the amount spent on external consultancy reports between May 2016 to date in 2019; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44092/19]

Photo of Regina DohertyRegina Doherty (Meath East, Fine Gael)
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The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection engages consultants (individuals or organisations) to provide expert analysis over a wide range of areas, which includes the delivery of reports that contribute to decision-making or policy-making.  I am advised by my Department that the amount spent on external consultancy reports between May 2016 and to date in 2019 was €1,834,681 for 35 reports.  Details of these reports is set out in tabular format.

Amount spent on external consultancy reports by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection between May 2016 to date in 2019

External Consultancy Report Name of Consultant Amount Spent
Back to Education Allowance Qualitative Study BMG Research €50,670
Data Protection – General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) Scoping exercise Grant Thornton €3,444
Development of National Frameworks Qualifications (NFQ) Programme for training in the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection National College of Ireland €29,900
Measurement and Analysis of Household Income & Living Conditions 2017 Programme:

1. Technical paper: examine the feasibility of conducting dynamic analysis to explore poverty and deprivation transitions over time and between different social risk groups

2. Research report: examine the poverty and deprivation experience of the different risk groups, both dynamically and across a set of selected EU-countries
ESRI €94,070
Jobseeker Customer Satisfaction Survey 2016 W5 Marketing Intelligence Ltd. €124,550
Joint Research Programme on Retirement ESRI €29,500
Research into development of pensions, longer working lives and retirement policy ESRI €32,000
Provision of IT Security Partner Services Grant Thornton €14,673
Review of the Local Employment Services and Job Club Services Indecon €87,232
Review of the Predictive Analytic Modelling Solution The Analytics Store Ltd. €9,471
Standard Authentication Framework Environment (SAFE) – Expert Advice Consult Hyperion €61,194
Social Inclusion Forum 2016 – Conference Report Aidan Lloyd €1,650
Social Protection Research Innovation Rewards Irish Research Council €10,558
Actuarial Review of the Social Insurance Fund as at 31st December 2015 KPMG €281,670
Assessment of Indoor Air Quality - Longford Headquarters Shorcontrol Ltd. €1,913
Assistance with compliance  by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection with the  General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 Mazars €301,350
Consultancy on Procurement Contract (OGP Framework tenders) Empirica Consultants €4,244
External review of the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection’s website Clickworks and iReach €59,100
Health and Safety Risk Audit – Longford Headquarters and Intreo Office Healthy Build Environment €1,244
Independent Review of the Amendments to the One-Parent Family payment since January 2012 Indecon €104,944
Jobseeker Customer Satisfaction Survey 2017 W5 Marketing Intelligence Ltd €167,674
Social Inclusion Forum 2017 – Conference Report Lisa Costello €1,750
Study to Explore the drivers of negative employment outcomes on participants of the Back to Education Scheme BMG Research €41,228
Survey of Employers (including JobsPlus employers) W5 Marketing Intelligence Ltd €30,750
Treatment Benefit Privacy Impact Assessment Grant Thornton €7,749
Economic Analysis of Auto-Enrolment Options ESRI €25,000
Fire Safety Audit on Con Colbert House LNB Fire Risk Management Ltd. €1,500
Joint Research Programme on Gender and Pensions ESRI €80,000
Jobseeker Customer Satisfaction Survey 2018 W5 Marketing Intelligence Ltd. €121,228
Pension Accounting Advice on Post-Employment Benefits Mazars €4,428
Social Inclusion Forum 2018 – Conference Report Peigín Doyle €1,443
Social Inclusion Forum 2019 - Conference Report Elizabeth Costello €2,600
Review of National Action Plan for Social Inclusion Indecon €30,275
Access to Childcare and Home Care Services

across Europe
ESRI €15,679
Overall Total €1,834,681


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