Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Questions (50)

Niall Collins

Question:

50. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Finance the status of the recruitment of 450 new customs officials in view of Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41272/18]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

I am advised by Revenue that it will require an additional 600 staff as a result of Brexit, based on a scenario of a transition period to the end of 2020 and a future trade agreement. These posts will be filled by internal, interdepartmental and open recruitment and a recruitment campaign has started with a view to having 200 officers trained and in place before 29 March 2019.

As part of this campaign the Public Appointments Service advertised for Clerical Officers in Customs Trade Facilitation on 30 August 2018 and the closing date for applications was 11 September 2018.

Over 3,000 applications were received and the Public Appointments Service are processing these applications and it is expected that interviews will be held before the end of October. At this juncture I am advised by Revenue that it is envisaged that the balance of 400 staff will be recruited during the transition period from April 2019 to the end of 2020.