Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Questions (178)

Lisa Chambers

Question:

178. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Minister for Finance the number of additional customs officials that will be hired due to Brexit; the number of additional hires to date; and the number expected to be in place by 31 October 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21865/19]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

In the context of extensive and detailed Brexit preparedness and contingency work across all Government Departments and Agencies, Revenue determined that in a ‘Central Case’ scenario (i.e. an orderly withdrawal of the UK from the EU, to include a transition period until the end of 2020), an additional 600 Revenue staff would be required. In September 2018, the Government granted approval in principle for the phased recruitment of an additional 600 Revenue staff to meet the challenges posed by Brexit.

Since the start of 2019, Revenue has appointed over 500 staff from open recruitment, interdepartmental and internal competitions. The majority of these have been assigned to customs roles or to backfill positions from which existing Revenue staff are assigned to customs duties. As serving staff are taking up their new Brexit-related positions, Revenue is backfilling the vacancies created, from panels of candidates established in its general recruitment activity.

In preparation for Brexit, Revenue has assigned over 450 additional staff to customs related roles.  These additional staff have been deployed across a range of functions, with the majority assigned to import and export trade facilitation activities and policy and operational roles. Revenue will continue to adjust its recruitment and training plans in response to business needs, including Brexit-related developments.