Thursday, 20 June 2013

Questions (140)

Peadar Tóibín

Question:

140. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Social Protection the number of persons employed within the public sector by her Department or agency and by grade for each year of the five consecutive years for which the most recent data is available. [30459/13]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

The Agencies that operate under the aegis of the Department are the Pensions Board and the Citizens Information Board. The Office of the Pensions Ombudsman also falls under the remit of the Department. It should be noted that the costs of staff in the Pensions Board are not funded by the Exchequer but are borne by pensions schemes through fees.

The attached table shows the breakdown, by grade, of full-time equivalent posts filled at the beginning of each of year from 2009 to 2013 inclusive in respect of the Department and each of the Department’s Agencies. In addition, the Department has sanction to recruit temporary clerical officers to provide cover for long-term sick leave and maternity leave absences and since mid-2012 the Department also has sanction for up to an addition 150 temporary clerical officer posts in respect of the role out of the Public Service Card (PSC) project.

Table showing full-time equivalent posts filled at 1 st January of each year 2009-2013

Department of Social Protection

Grade

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

Secretary General

1

1

1

1

1

Deputy Secretary

1

1

0

1

1

Assistant Secretary

5

2

6

8

8

Principal

73.8

67.8

64.4

66.4

78.8

Assistant Principal

211.8

201.4

180.76

282.23

292.63

Administrative Officer

11

11.8

11.4

10.8

12.4

Higher Executive Officer

625.05

618.3

636.75

1660.97

1653.2

Executive Officer

762.32

830.8

874.7

881.92

934.65

Staff Officer

510.73

569.05

611.25

629.82

640.67

Clerical Officer

2195.81

2305.48

2490.2

2569.55

2684.81

Service Grades

136.21

126.89

126.57

151.23

160.09

Total

4533.72

4735.52

5003.03

*6262.92

6467.25

Plus TCOs

0

0

160

139

261

Grand Total

4533.72

4735.52

5163.03

6401.92

6728.25

* During 2011 and 2012 the Community Welfare Services of the HSE and the Employment Services of FÁS were integrated in to the Department.

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Pension Board

-

-

-

-

Grade

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

Chief Executive

1

1

1

1

1

Principal Officer

7

8

7

8

6

Assistant Principal

8

6.5

5

9

9

Higher Executive Officer

5

4.6

3.8

8

11

Executive Officer

8

9

9

9

10

Clerical Officer

13

12

12

11

12

Total

42

41.1

37.8

46

49

-

Citizens Board

-

-

-

-

Grade

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

Chief Executive

1

1

1

1

1

Principal

2

2

2

1

2

Assistant Principal

12

13

12

13

11.8

Higher Executive Officer

37.9

37.8

36.8

32.5

35.1

Executive Officer

1

2

1

1

1

Clerical Officer

1

2

2

1

1

Grade VII

1

1

1

1

1

Grade V

3

3

2

2

2

Grade IV

15

13.8

12.5

13.5

14.5

Grade III

13

12.8

12.8

11.8

10.6

Services Officer

1

1

1

1

1

Total

87.9

89.4

84.1

78.8

81

Office of the Pensions Ombudsman 2009-2013 inclusive

Grade

No. of posts

Pensions Ombudsman

1

Principal

1

Assistant Principal

3.8

Higher Executive Officer

1

Executive Officer

1

Clerical Officer

2

Grand Total

9.8