I propose to take Questions Nos. 94 and 95 together.
As the Deputy is aware, the Civil Service Mobility scheme which comes under the remit of my department, and is administered through HR Shared Services, National Shared Services Office, offers an opportunity for staff members to apply for mobility through an open and transparent system. The scheme will support the needs of the business, increase career development opportunities and facilitate relocation for staff members. The establishment of the scheme fulfils one of the requirements of Action 15 of the Civil Service Renewal Plan; and Action 14 of the People Strategy for the Civil Service, which calls for the further expansion of a coherent mobility policy to facilitate staff development and strategic alignment with other HR policies, builds upon this.
The scheme is being introduced on a phased basis as follows:
Phase 1A of the scheme is for the general Civil Service grades of Clerical Officer (CO) and Executive Officer (EO) to apply for mobility between and within 46 zones - excluding mobility within Zone 46 (Dublin) which will be included in Phase 1B. The application stage of this phase launched in November 2017 with c. 3,500 staff members (1 in 5 of the 17,000 participating staff members - 60% CO : 40% EO) applying for mobility and making an average of 8 organisational choices .
The location choices in the scheme are divided into mobility zones rather than county or province. An applicant may express a preference for mobility for a maximum of 3 zones from the list of 46 zones with a choice of any or all organisations in each zone (a full list of zones and organisations per zone can be viewed at www.hr.per.gov.ie). Staff members can apply for mobility within their current zone (excluding Phase 1B, Zone 46 Dublin) as well as other zones. A number of mobility zones also have an option to include or exclude a choice of satellite towns.
The offer stage of this phase launched in September 2018. To date over 200 moves have been accepted, and are either complete or in progress (129 COs and 76 EOs).
Phase 1B (CO's and EO's - Dublin) is on track to launch in the coming months.
Phase 2 of the scheme will include the general Civil Service grades of Higher Executive Officer, and Assistant Principal. Officials from my Department have commenced discussions with stakeholders on the development of this phase and it is anticipated that Phase 2 will be introduced in 2020.
Principal Officer (PO) Mobility - this scheme was introduced in September 2015 as part of Action 15 of the Civil Service Renewal Plan. It is designed “to expand career and mobility opportunities for staff across geographic, organisational and sectoral boundaries.” To date 46 PO positions have been filled through mobility and a number are currently ongoing.