Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Questions (251)

Peadar Tóibín

Question:

251. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the proportion of new recruits to the Civil Service recruited from the private sector each year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14182/19]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

As the Deputy will be aware, general selection competitions within the Irish Civil Service take place by way of;

- competitions confined to civil servants in individual departments (Internal promotion) or

- from competitions open to civil servants from all departments (Interdepartmental promotion) or

- from open competitions for all eligible candidates including members of the public.

Sequences for general service civil service grades are agreed under the Civil Service Conciliation and Arbitration Scheme and are as follows:

Grade

Open

Interdepartmental

Internal

Clerical Officer

100%

Nil

Nil

Executive Officer

40%

30%

30%

Higher Executive Officer

Nil

50%

50%

Administrative Officer

100%

Nil

Nil

Assistant Principal

33.3%

33.3%

33.3%

Principal Officer

66.6%

Nil

33.3%

Assistant Secretary

100%

Nil

Nil

Secretary General

100%

Nil

Nil

A range of open competitions for special posts has also been held. This includes AP and PO HR competitions, EO/HEO ICT posts sand most recently an ICT apprenticeships.

The information the Deputy is seeking is not readily available in the format requested for all grades. This is because the event/location of previous employment is not recorded as a specific field on our systems either by the Public Appointments Service (PAS) or the National Shared Service Office (NSSO).

However for a number of competitions and grades, we do record this information manually and use this as a measure of our open recruitment policies.

Therefore I can advise that

At Assistant and Deputy Secretary level since 2007 c.30% of appointments have been from the private sector.

At Administrative Officer c.32% of appointments are from the private sector for the years 2015, 2016 and 2017.

At Clerical Officer grade, since 2014 approximately 6,547 people and c.90% would be outside the Civil Service.