Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Questions (211)

Pearse Doherty

Question:

211. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Finance the level of recruitment planned by the Revenue Commissioners in 2019 at each grade level separate from recruitment that will be required to deal with Brexit issues; the number of persons expected to retire; if recruitment will be sufficient to replace persons who are retiring in each county by grade, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28093/19]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

The Revenue multi-annual budget for 2019 provides for a whole time equivalent (WTE) permanent staffing level of 6,384.

Revenue have appointed over 600 staff from open and interdepartmental competitions since the start of 2019. Revenue is an integrated tax and customs administration. In 2019 almost 400 of staff recruited from open or interdepartmental competitions have been assigned to customs roles or to backfill staff transferring to customs roles in preparation for Brexit. The balance of around 200 were assigned to other Revenue functions.

Revenue estimates that 120 staff will retire between now and the end of 2019, it is not possible to be precise at this point about the exact retirement numbers in terms of grade and location.

During 2018 Revenue realigned its operational structure into a national segmented structure which allows agility in filling posts throughout the organisation while providing a consistent approach in the treatment of tax payers and risk.

Revenue fills critical posts based on business requirements across all grades and functional areas. Revenue undertakes workforce planning and recruitment as an iterative process. Recruitment plans are currently in place to fill all critical posts taking on board projected retirements and business requirements in 2019.