Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Questions (407)

Thomas Pringle

Question:

407. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of temporary clerical officers who have been employed by his Department over each of the past three years; the number of those who have been retired public or civil-servants; his views on whether his Department should employ retired staff in these positions in view of the level of youth unemployment here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31578/13]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

The number of Temporary Clerical Officers employed by my Department in the last 3 years is as follows:

2011

2012

2013

0

11

37 (includes 11 from 2012)

Temporary Clerical Officers panels are established by the Public Appointments Service and assigned to Departments upon request. I am satisfied that my Department is compliant with the relevant fixed term contract arrangements.

Recruitment to the Civil Service is governed by the Public Service Management (Recruitment and Appointments) Act, 2004 and by the Civil Service Regulation Acts, 1956-2005. The 2004 Act established the Commission for Public Service Appointments (CPSA) and the Public Appointments Service (PAS). The CPSA is the regulator of public service recruitment in Ireland and the PAS provides a centralised recruitment, assessment and selection body for the Civil Service.

The CPSA has developed codes of practice to apply to open recruitment and internal promotion competitions. The codes cover the areas of probity, selection on the basis of merit, equity and fairness, protection of the public interest, implementation of best practice and good governance. Selection processes must focus on the competencies required for a post and there is no provision under the Codes to focus recruitment for posts in the Civil Service on the basis of age. All eligible candidates must be considered on an equal basis.