The Government announced a targeted voluntary redundancy package earlier this year which is initially to be rolled out in three areas including specific parts of the Education Sector. Officials of my Department are currently liaising with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform with a view to finalising arrangements for the roll out of a targeted scheme for the Sector.
Although there is no voluntary redundancy scheme currently on offer to employees of the Department of Education and skills 5 staff have availed of the early retirement option in 2013, with no further applications expected this year. To date, only 1 application for early retirement has been made by a staff member of my Department in respect of 2014. However, the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform Circular 08/2013 which allows for officers retiring before 31st August, 2014, to have their superannuation benefits calculated by reference to the pay scales applying on 30th June, 2013, may lead to an increase in applications before the end of August 2014.