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Thursday, 5 March 2020

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Civil Service Staff Data

Photo of Seán FlemingSeán Fleming (Laois-Offaly, Fianna Fail)
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112. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the details of the Civil Service mobility scheme; the number of persons on the list for transfer to other locations in Leinster; the number of persons on the list; the number who have been transferred from Dublin in each of the past three years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2682/20]

Photo of Paschal DonohoePaschal Donohoe (Dublin Central, Fine Gael)
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As the Deputy is aware, the Civil Service Mobility scheme which comes under the remit of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, and is administered through HR Shared Services, National Shared Services Office, offers an opportunity for staff members to apply for mobility through an open and transparent system. The establishment of the scheme fulfils one of the requirements of Action 15 of the Civil Service Renewal Plan; and Action 14 of the People Strategy for the Civil Service.

The scheme is being introduced on a phased basis. Phase 1 of the scheme went live in September 2018. This phase is for the general Civil Service grades of Clerical Officer (CO) and Executive Officer (EO) to apply for mobility between and within 46 zones. The location choices for the scheme are based on mobility zones (46 zones) rather than by county or province. 

Plans are on track to extend the scheme to include the grades of Higher Executive Officer (HEO), Administrative Officer (AO) in Q.2 2020, with the Assistant Principal to be included at a later date.  When this process is complete, mobility will be in place for all general Civil Service grades from Clerical Officer up to Assistant Secretary.

There has been a high level of interest in Phase 1 of the scheme (CO and EO) with 5,059 staff members (24% of the total participating grades) applying for a move through the scheme across the country with:

- 1097 of the applicants applying to move out of Zone 46 (Dublin) to a regional location – representing 13% of the staff in the participating grades in Zone 46;

- Of these 863 applied to move to a regional location within Leinster.

517 moves have taken place since the scheme went live with other moves currently in progress, with:

- 58 moving out of zone 46 to a regional location;

- Of these 42 moved to a regional location within Leinster.


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