Thursday, 11 July 2019

Questions (167, 171)

Michael McGrath

Question:

167. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Finance the number of open roles in the Tax Appeals Commission by functional area and position; the length of time the role has remained unfilled in each case; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30794/19]

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Michael McGrath

Question:

171. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Finance the number employed by the Tax Appeals Commission each month since the start of 2016 by functional area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30798/19]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 167 and 171 together.

In response to Question 30794/19, the following table provides an outline of open roles in the Tax Appeals Commission by functional area and position as at 30 June 2019:

Position

Current Staff Numbers

30 June 2019

Recommended Staffing Numbers

August 2018*

Additional Requirements

Timeframe for taking on Staff

Chairperson

0

1

+1

Projected Quarter 4.

Amendment to legislation required before recruitment can commence.

Commissioners

2

2

0

 

Commissioners (Temporary)

1

3

+2

Projected Quarter 3 - appointments in progress.

Principal Officer

1

1

0

 

Assistant Principals

5

8

+3

Two APs will be appointed in August 2019.

One further AP to be appointed Q3 into Q4.

HEO

2.5

5

+2.5

Two HEOs appointed via Internal Competition.

One further HEO to be appointed by the end of Q3.

1.5 HEOs to be appointed through possible secondment by the end of Q3.

EO

1

5

+4

1 EO taking up a post in August

2 further EO’s to take up their posts by end of Q3.

Internal Competition to be held to make appointment to EO grade in Q3.

CO

5

7

+2

Full complement of COs due to be in place by 22nd July.

Total

17.5

32

14.5

 

The "Recommended Staffing Numbers August 2018 refers to the staffing complement as recommended in the independent Review of the Workload and Operations of the Tax Appeals Commission, conducted by Ms. Niamh O'Donoghue, which I commissioned in 2018.  I have stated my full support for the report's recommendations and have provided the necessary budget to the TAC for 2019 to support implementation of the recommendations.

In response to question 30798/19, the outline of the number of staff employed in the Tax Appeals Commission by functional area and position since March 2016 is available at the following link:

Staff Employed