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Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 18 April 2019

Thursday, 18 April 2019

Questions (154)

Barry Cowen

Question:

154. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the number of persons employed at each level of the Civil Service from Secretary General to cleaner each year since 2016; the number of those at each level who are female in each year since 2016, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [18344/19]

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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 evolving policy and operational priorities.

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) in relation to the filling of posts.

The Secretary General of my Department is one of four Secretaries General leading the delivery of Action 8.5 of the Civil Service Renewal Plan – “To improve gender balance at each level by reviewing supports and policies to ensure these measures are impactful and measurable”.

The Civil Service has set an ambitious target to achieve 50/50 gender balance in appointments at senior levels. This is essential to ensure that the Civil Service is reflective of society.

My Department operates an equal opportunity policy to ensure that an equal share of both women and men can compete for and be awarded high visibility positions across the Department and its Offices.  In this regard, the Department operates a best fit for the job policy.

The number and gender in each civil service grade in the Department for each year since 2016 is set out in the following table:

 

2016

2016

2016

2017

2017

2017

GRADE

Male

Female

Total

Male

Female

Total

Secretary General

0

1

1

0

1

1

Deputy Secretary and   Equivalent

1

1

2

1

1

2

Assistant Secretary (ASEC)

4

2

6

4

2

6

ASEC Equivalent

4

2

6

4

2

6

Principal Officer (PO)

19

15

34

26

17

43

PO Equivalent

8

6

14

9

5

14

Min Special Advisor

1

0

1

1

1

2

Senior Examiner of Patents

1

0

1

1

0

1

Assistant Principal (AP)

53

45

98

59

52

111

AP Equivalent

7

7

14

9

6

15

Higher Executive Officer

48

81

129

47

77

124

Examiner of Patents

1

2

3

1

2

3

Administrative Officer

6

10

16

6

11

17

Executive Officer

67

132

199

75

151

226

Staff Officer

10

23

33

0

0

0

Clerical Officer

87

165

252

89

164

253

TCO / Intern (CO)

0

0

0

0

1

1

Services Staff

23

6

29

20

8

28

Cleaner

1

13

14

1

13

14

Totals

341

511

852

353

514

867

 

2018

2018

2018

2019

2019

2019

GRADE

Male

Female

Total

Male

Female

Total

Secretary General

0

1

1

0

1

1

Deputy Secretary and   Equivalent

1

0

1

1

0

1

Assistant Secretary (ASEC)

4

3

7

4

3

7

ASEC Equivalent

4

2

6

4

2

6

Principal Officer (PO)

23

16

39

23

16

39

PO Equivalent

10

9

19

10

10

20

Min Special Advisor

1

1

2

1

1

2

Senior Examiner of Patents

1

0

1

1

0

1

Assistant Principal (AP)

66

57

123

68

58

126

AP Equivalent

11

6

17

10

6

16

Higher Executive Officer

60

77

137

59

78

137

Examiner of Patents

1

2

3

1

2

3

Administrative Officer

9

14

23

10

14

24

Executive Officer

71

147

218

71

149

220

Staff Officer

0

0

0

0

0

0

Clerical Officer

92

163

255

96

161

257

TCO / Intern (CO)

1

0

1

1

0

1

Services Staff

24

7

31

25

7

32

Cleaner

0

13

13

0

13

13

Totals

379

518

897

385

521

906

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