Written answers

Thursday, 3 June 2021

Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment

Workplace Relations Commission

Photo of Brian StanleyBrian Stanley (Laois-Offaly, Sinn Fein)
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70. To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the status of the recruitment campaign to increase the number of Workplace Relations Commission inspectors from 53 to the 90 inspectors it was authorised to recruit in 2006. [29943/21]

Photo of Leo VaradkarLeo Varadkar (Dublin West, Fine Gael)
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I have already responded to the Deputy’s colleague on this question via Parliamentary Question 29941/21.

To reiterate the points made:

The WRC Inspectorate is staffed by civil servants of my department.

As of 31stMay 2021, there are a total of 53 WRC Labour Inspectors. These are supervised by 3 Assistant Principals and 1 Chief Labour Inspector.

There are currently 60 sanctioned Labour Inspector posts (53 EO Inspectors and 7 HEO Inspector Team Managers).

Currently, there are 2 competitions ongoing with the Public Appointments Service. Interviews for a HEO Inspector Team Manager competition have been finalised and WRC expect 2 appointments from that competition shortly. A recruitment drive for inspectors is currently underway.

The WRC’s funding allocation for 2021 is €15.17 million for pay and non-pay. Furthermore, an additional €1 million in Budget was provided to the WRC in Budget 2019.

My Department is committed to ensuring that adequate resourcing is provided to the WRC and I am confident that the resources provided to the WRC is sufficient to enable it deliver on its mandate.


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