Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Questions (147)

Éamon Ó Cuív

Question:

147. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of civil servants who applied to transfer from Dublin zone 46 to another county in Munster, Leinster, Connacht and Ulster, respectively, by executive officer and clerical officer grade in each Department under the service-wide mobility scheme launched on 13 November 2017; the number of civil servants who requested a transfer to Dublin zone 46 by executive officer and clerical officer grade based in each province and county outside of Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4814/18]

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The Civil Service Mobility scheme which comes under the remit of my department, and is administered through HR Shared Service, National Shared Service Office, offers an opportunity for staff members to apply for mobility through an open, fair, and transparent system. It is one of a number of arrangements to be put in place to fulfil the requirements of Action 15 of the Civil Service Renewal Plan which calls to ‘Expand career and mobility opportunities for staff across geographic, organisational and sectorial boundaries’.

The scheme is being implemented on a phased basis.  Phase 1A of the scheme for the general Civil Service grades of Clerical Officer (CO) and Executive Officer (EO) for mobility between and within all zones - excluding mobility transfers within Zone 46 (Dublin) launched on 13th November 2017.

There has been a high level of interest in the scheme since its launch with over 2,700 staff members applying for Mobility making an average of 8 application choices.

Phase 1B for the general Civil Service grades of CO and EO for mobility within the zone of Dublin and Phase 2 for the general Civil Service grades of HEO, AO and AP will launch at a later date.

The location choices in the scheme are not divided by county or province but zone.  Each applicant may express a preference for mobility for a maximum of 3 zones from a list of 46 zones (attached) with a choice of any or all organisations in each zone. Staff members can apply for mobility within their current zone (excluding Phase 1B Zone 46 Dublin) as well as other zones. A number of the zones also have an option to include or exclude a choice of satellite towns.  Further information on the Mobility scheme is available to view at http://hr.per.gov.ie/civil-service-mobility/.

To date, 711 staff members (403 COs and 308 EOs) based in Zone 46 (Dublin), have applied for Mobility outside Dublin. In the same period, 29 staff members (18 COs and 11 EOs) have applied for Mobility to Zone 46.