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Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Department of An Taoiseach

Departmental Staff Data

Photo of Mattie McGrathMattie McGrath (Tipperary, Independent)
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68. To ask the Taoiseach the number of new staff recruited to his Department from January 2019 to date; and the title of each employment position. [53650/19]

Photo of Leo VaradkarLeo Varadkar (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Dublin West, Fine Gael)
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The information requested by the Deputy regarding new staff recruited in my Department from January 2019 to date is outlined in the following table.

My Department uses workforce planning and succession planning to ensure that there are sufficient staffing resources in place to deliver the Department's strategic goals. Staff are recruited to fill vacancies which arise on an ongoing basis due to staff retirements, promotions and staff availing of mobility opportunities and career breaks.

Staff requirements also arise as a result of additional responsibilities being assigned to my Department. Recent examples include additional responsibilities relating to Brexit, climate action, national security, policing reform, and Citizens' Assembly.

In the main, staff are recruited to my Department through the Public Appointments Service (PAS) by way of competition and also by way of secondment from other Government Departments.

Vacancies are also filled by way of mobility through the Civil Service Mobility Scheme, or by promotion.

Grade Number
Assistant Secretary 1
Principal Officer 1
Assistant Principal/Assistant Principal equivalent 5
Higher Executive Officer 3
Administrative Officer 6
Executive Officer 2
Clerical Officer 13

*Table excludes politically appointed staff.

** Staff numbers reflect headcount rather than whole time equivalent.

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