Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Questions (152)

Peadar Tóibín

Question:

152. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Taoiseach the number of persons employed within the public sector by his Department or agency by grade for each of the five consecutive years for which the most recent data is available. [30521/13]

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Written answers (Question to Taoiseach)

The information sought by the Deputy in relation to my Department and the National Economic and Social Development Office (NESDO), incorporating the National Economic and Social Council (NESC), which is the only agency under the aegis of my Department, is set out in the following tables. Details of staff numbers are supplied on a whole time equivalent basis (wte).

Table 1 - Department of the Taoiseach Staff Numbers

Staff numbers at December

Grade

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

(14/06/2013)

Secretary General

1

1

1

1

1

1

Second Secretary General

-

-

-

1

1

1

Assistant Secretary

5

5

4

2

4

4

Principal Officer

16.5

15.6

14.6

8

11

11

Assistant Principal

24.85

22.25

21.35

17.4

23.7

23.7

Higher Executive Officer

24

23

22.3

22.1

23.2

23.4

Administrative Officer

9.8

8

9

4

11

11

Executive Officer

23.4

22.6

19.2

19.6

26.2

26.2

Staff Officer

11.93

9.93

10.43

7.83

7.83

6.8

Clerical Officer

44.1

41.1

39.5

31.5

32.3

35.3

Service Support Staff

20.58

19.58

19.58

18

16.58

16.58

Contract staff

25.8

26

25

22.5

41

41

TOTAL

206.96

194.06

185.96

154.93

198.81*

199.98*

* Increase due to temporary staff required for EU Presidency and leaving July 2013.

Notes:

1. The increase in the number of contract staff employed by the Department of the Taoiseach in 2012 and 2013 is explained by the recruitment of temporary staff to assist with EU Presidency planning and preparation functions in keeping with precedents set by previous EU Presidencies. These functions were shared between the Department of the Taoiseach and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade following the transfer of functions between the two Departments that took place after the last general election.

2. Figures for contract staff employed by the Department of the Taoiseach include staff appointed by the Taoiseach whose contracts are co-terminus with his term of office as Taoiseach.

3. The staff numbers shown for Principal Officer, Assistant Principal Officer and Administrative Officer for 2012 and 2013 include Counsellors, First Secretaries and Third Secretaries respectively who were seconded to the Department of the Taoiseach from the Department of Foreign Affairs following the transfer of EU functions between the two Departments after the last general election.

Table 2 - NESDO Staff Numbers

Grade

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

(14/06/2013)

Deputy Secretary

1

1

0

0

0

0

Assistant Secretary

1

1

1

1

1

1

Principal Officer (Higher)

5

5

4

4

3

3

Assistant Principal Officer (Higher)

8

8

8

8

8

7

Higher Executive Officer

1

1

1

1

1

1

Executive Officer

6.4

4

3.6

3.6

3.6

3.6

Clerical Officer

1.8

1.8

1.8

1.6

1.6

1.6

Total

24.2

21.8

19.4

19.2

18.2

17.2