The Government decided in late 2012 that voluntary redundancy can be introduced in certain targeted sections of the public service where staff surpluses are identified by management and where redeployment is not suitable. The purpose of the scheme is to assist Government in implementing restructuring and reform in a strategic and targeted manner. Greater efficiencies in the way the public service is going about its business means that some posts have and may be identified by Departments as surplus. VR can be offered in such circumstances.
In terms of my own Department, there is currently no VR scheme in operation and none is planned. There is no incentivised scheme for early retirement in the public service.