Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Questions (409)

John Lahart

Question:

409. Deputy John Lahart asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of women and men, respectively employed in his Department and the agencies under remit of his Department in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [52047/18]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

One of the goals outlined in my Department's current Statement of Strategy is to continue to develop a highly skilled, diverse and gender-balanced workforce.  My Department is committed to supporting a positive working environment for all staff, one that provides equality of opportunity and supports work-life balance.  My Department has had an active gender balance initiative in place since 2010, which has conducted a number of reviews and developed an action plan to address the issue through its HR Strategy and in consultation with staff.  In addition, gender balance is a key commitment of the Civil Service Renewal Plan (Action 8.5) and my Department has been active in progressing initiatives in this area as part of a whole of Government approach.

The table below shows the number of women and men currently (as at 7/12/2018) employed by my Department:

Gender

Count of Gender

Female

1583

Male

1786

Grand Total

3369

The question of gender breakdown within the State Agencies under the aegis of my Department is an operational matter for each Agency.  I have referred the question to the agencies under the aegis of my Department for direct reply.