Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Questions (105, 106)

Seán Fleming

Question:

105. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Finance the number of agency and contract staff currently employed under the aegis of his Department; the mechanism in place for monitoring and managing the associated costs; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10983/13]

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Clare Daly

Question:

106. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Finance if he will outline the numbers and cost of agency staff under the aegis of his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11063/13]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 105 and 106 together.

My Department does not employ agency staff. In my Department the following are employed on a contract basis : 6 Clerical Officers (1 year temporary contract), 4 Administrative Officers (1 year temporary contract), 1 HR Manager (3 year contract) and, 1 Banking Specialist (1 year contract), 2 Special Advisers (contract is co-terminus with the Minister), 1 Personal Assistant (contract is co-terminus with the Minister), 2 Civilian Drivers (contract is co-terminus with the Minister), I am advised by the Revenue Commissioners that they do not use employment agencies to employ staff.

I am advised by the Revenue Commissioners that they currently employ a total of fifteen (15) Temporary Clerical Officers to assist with peak business activity. These temporary posts are for periods of twelve weeks or less. These staff have been recruited through the Public Appointments Service and under a strictly limited sanction from the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. Their pay and associated costs are accounted for in Revenue Commissioner’s Vote, which is reported on a monthly basis to the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.

The position in respect of the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General is as follows:

Number of Staff

Estimated Cost for 2013

Agency Staff

4

€69,000

**Contract Staff

8

€197,000

**The temporary engagement of qualified accountants to address short term gaps in resources.