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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 18 December 2018

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Questions (312)

Maurice Quinlivan

Question:

312. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the number of staff employed in her Department in 2016, 2017 and to date in 2018; the number of staff who left in 2016, 2017 and to date in 2018; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [52939/18]

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Written answers (Question to Business)

Staffing resources are an ongoing priority to ensure my Department’s continued ability to facilitate the wide mission and volume of work in a range of challenging policy areas. This will continue with ongoing day-to-day review of the appropriate staffing mix across my Department in response to known and probable priority areas.

My Department has seen a careful increase in overall staffing numbers over the past three years. This has been due to: the filling of critical vacancies that existed; significant priorities emerging from environmental challenges, such as Brexit, and; new bodies of work, for example the Digital Single Market - impacting on the resourcing needs of the Department.

In this regard, the Department operates a robust workforce plan, on a three-year rolling basis, and liaises directly with the Public Appointments Service (PAS) and Top-Level Appointments Committee (TLAC) for the filling of posts to address these new demands.

The numbers serving and leavers at the end of 2016, 2017, and to date 2018 are set out in tabular form below:

*No. of Staff serving

**No. of staff who left Department

2016 (end year)

849

62

2017 (end year)

869

72

2018 (to date)

903

61

* Refers to number of people, not FTE’s (i.e. Full-Time Equivalents).

** Types of exits include retirements, resignations, dismissals, deceased staff, transfers out on promotion, career breaks and secondments.

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