Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Questions (254, 256)

Seán Fleming

Question:

254. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine 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. [10976/13]

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Clare Daly

Question:

256. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine 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. [11056/13]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 254 and 256 together.

My Department, from time to time, employs staff from agencies to provide certain services when such proves to be more cost effective and Department staff are not available. Such expenditure is based on competitive tendering with extensive use of Central Government and Department specific frameworks which continue to drive costs down.

Details are provided in the following table:

Name of Agency

Service

Cost of Service in 2012

Number of Staff (FTEs)

Farm Relief Services (FRS)

Ancillary services to support Bovine Tuberculosis Eradication Programme

€2.686m

103

Farm Relief Services (FRS)

Cow Monitoring Scheme as part of the Brucellosis Eradication Scheme. This involves the blood sampling of culled cows in Meat Plants and assists in the detection of brucellosis reactors in a herd. With effect from 1 January 2013 the task of taking blood samples has been taken over by Department staff.

€0.559m

24

Backweston Laboratories Facilities management contract drawn up with OPW. Costs are apportioned between State Labs and DAFM labs in the ration 1:2

Facilities Management monthly contract fee for:

DAFM Labs

Longtown Farm

€1,641,144 ex. VAT

€297,384 ex. VAT

Total €1,938,528

26

5

Matthew Griffin Building Contractor*

Dingle GO hire

€49,084

1

Whitty Construction Ltd.*

Safety and maintenance at Dunmore East

€53,995

1

Deloitte & Touche

ERS (Electronic recording system for fishing activity)

GCPS (generic Claims processing system)

IFIS (integrated Fisheries Information system)

€120,447

€116,545

€113,871

Total €350,863

2†

IT Alliance

AFIT (inspection system)

CCS (customer information management system)

ERS

Operations (database/infrastructure administration)

€250,038

€81,905

€261,331

€337,142

Total €930,416

6.5†

Version 1

AFIT

AHCS (animal health monitoring system)

AIM (animal movement and identification system)

ERS

SPS (single payment system)

IFIS

IMAP (geographical data management)

RDP(rural development programme)-GCPS

REPS (rural environment protection scheme)

€331,178

€741,470

€265,937

€131,573

€253,423

€218,825

€36,568

€8,610

€139,842

Total €2,127,426

18†

System Dynamics

AFIT

DAS (disadvantaged areas scheme)

DEP (Dairy Efficiency Programme)

ERS

FORESTRY

IFIS

IMP NOT (import notifications)

RDP-GCPS

SUCKLER

€279,681

€192,187

€62,896

€151,242

€57,232

€97,221

€123,910

€123,984

€116,514

Total €1,204,867

9.6†

Accenture

ERS

SPS

RDP-GCPS

€102,819

€1,130,562

€244,607

Total €1,477,988

10†

Vantage Resources

IT AFIT

AIM

ERS

FORESTRY

RDP-GCPS

AFIT-RDC

€131,098

€543,917

€118,031

€203,055

€70,609

€78,897

Total €1,145,607

10.4†

Sogetti

AFIT-RDC

RDP-GCPS

€20,056

€119,335

Total €139,391

2†

SMX

SAP (payments system)

€430,293

Total €430,293

2.4†

The ICON Group

ERAD (animal disease management)

GIS (geographical data)

€2,541

€123,777

Total €126,318

0.8†

Compass Informatics

GIS

€16,254

Total €16,25

0.4†

Client Solutions

SAP

€174,945

Total €174,945

1†

IT Force

E-GOV

€244,893

Total €244,893

3†

CPL

E-GOV

€94,693

Total €94,693

1†

CTRL

OPERATIONS

€113,560

Total €113,560

1†

SMDT

OPERATIONS

€70,065

Total €70,065

2†

Sabeo Technologies

OPERATIONS

€154,332

Total €154,332

1†

Janix

SSO (single sign on system…authentication for multiple corporate systems)

Operations

€73,376

€391,379

Total €464,755

3†

IBM Ireland

Operations

€46,127

Total €46,127

0.1†

*Construction contractors supplying service as distinct from an employment agency.

† The number of full time equivalents quoted below for IT contractors is as of 31/01/2013. This number is subject to some fluctuation as requirements change.

No. of Agency Staff

No. of Contract Staff (FTE)

Service

Mechanism in place for monitoring and managing the associated costs

NIL – recruited directly by this Department

3

To carry out work associated with the National Forestry Inventory

Cost controlled by agreeing a fixed term and cost contract ; Contract staff engaged for a two year period, on a salary scale similar to the first point of the 'Forestry Inspector Grade 3' salary scale