Written answers

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

Departmental Staff

Joe Flaherty (Longford-Westmeath, Fianna Fail)
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1020. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of staff by location and function in each office of her Department nationally. [11468/20]

Photo of Regina DohertyRegina Doherty (Meath East, Fine Gael)
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My Department, like all Government departments and agencies is required to operate within a staff ceiling figure and a commensurate administrative staffing budget.

The staffing needs for all areas within the Department are continuously reviewed, taking account of workloads, management priorities and the on-going need to respond to new demands across a wide range of services.  This is to ensure that the best use is made of available resources with a view to providing an efficient service to those who rely on the schemes operated by the Department.

The following table provides a breakdown of permanent staff in my Department by county location and function as at the end of May 2020.  The figures provided are fulltime equivalents; this takes account of staff that avail of work-share options.  In addition to these permanent staff, my Department has 390 Temporary Clerical Officers (TCOs) assigned to cover long term absences , carers leave, long term illness, the shorter working year scheme and to support the roll out of the Public Service Card and other projects.  A number of these TCOs (87 in total) have been assigned to assist with my Department's response to the Covid pandemic.

ACTIVATION, PLANNING & EMPLOYMENT POLICY APPEALS OFFICE CENTRALISED SCHEMES * CONTROL GENERAL REGISTRARS OFFICE INTREO CENTRES ISD  DIVISION SUPPORT AREAS **
Carlow 2.00 41.88
Cavan 1.00 44.13
Clare 2.00 69.70
Cork 5.00 10.30 277.51 1.00 43.53
Donegal 53.20 3.00 280.98 9.00 156.24 1.00
Dublin 210.70 56.15 210.61 50.50 5.80 807.87 219.83 310.59
Galway 2.75 9.00 147.34 3.00
Kerry 1.00 2.00 115.28
Kildare 2.00 88.50 0.80
Kilkenny 3.00 45.60
Laois 2.00 33.38
Leitrim 44.57 121.16 34.90 8.50
Limerick 6.00 7.50 169.52
Longford 5.60 393.88 5.00 38.45
Louth 1.00 4.00 138.46 2.70 73.87
Mayo 3.00 1.00 5.00 104.23
Meath 1.00 42.90
Monaghan 22.48 17.40 0.80
Offaly 14.50 3.00 54.91
Roscommon 8.00 37.06 33.88
Sligo 26.50 450.06 3.00 67.60 22.00 24.40
Tipperary 1.00 5.00 97.65 1.00
Waterford 28.46 1.00 4.00 118.10
Westmeath 6.00 85.87 1.00
Wexford 2.00 85.69
Wicklow 3.60 64.05 0.60
Grand Total 378.93 84.50 1336.53 293.54 42.86 2981.02 246.52 468.09
*  The following schemes are included in Centralised Schemes: Illness Benefits, Disability Allowance/Invalidity Pension, Carer's Allowance/Working Family Payment, Child Benefit, Maternity & Paternity Benefit, & Domicilary Care Allowance, Carers' Allowance, Pensions – Contributory and Non Contributory.

** Support Area includes: Minister's Office, HR, Facilities Management, Accounts, Data Protection/Business Information Security, Business Intelligence, Investment Analysis, Decision Advisory Office, FOI, Activation Case Management, Regional Process Improvement, Back Office Ops/Regional Support Unit, Internal Audit, Digital Services, Customer Communications & Services, Service Quality, Press Office and Business Architects Office.

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