Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (327)

Mattie McGrath

Question:

327. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of full and part-time staff employed in his Department; the number of such staff being paid at the minimum wage rate of pay; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44850/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I wish to advise the Deputy that as of 21 October 2019 there are 2,480 staff employed in my Department. Of those, 2,128 work full-time, and 352 work part-time (i.e. any work pattern less than full time).

These totals include permanent and non-permanent staff employed by or through the Department, and include, among others, staff in the Probation Service, Forensic Science Ireland, the Insolvency Service of Ireland and headquarters staff in the Irish Prison Service.

As the Deputy will be aware, the statutory National Minimum Wage an employer can pay an adult worker is €9.80 an hour. This rate saw an increase from the previous rate of €9.55 per hour on 1 January 2019.

All of the staff within my Department are paid at a rate exceeding the National Minimum Wage rate.