Thursday, 5 December 2019

Questions (64, 65)

Michael McGrath

Question:

64. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Finance the number of open roles in his Department 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. [51019/19]

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Michael McGrath

Question:

65. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Finance the number of persons working in his Department by department or functional area; the number at the end of each year since 2015 by department or functional area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51020/19]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 64 and 65 together.

I wish to inform the Deputy that with regard to any vacancies in the Department of Finance, the Department is committed to the Civil Service Workforce Planning process and has a robust Recruitment and Selection policy which feeds into an ongoing Resource Review conducted and directed by the Executive Board. This process identifies on a case by case basis, both current and upcoming resource requirements in the Department and the best method to fill each vacancy. The timescale for filling vacancies from open or interdepartmental competitions varies and is dependent on the availability of panels from the Public Appointments Service (PAS). The absence of a PAS panel will generally delay the filling of a vacancy. Internally run competitions in the Department generally have a quicker turnaround time. To date in 2019 52 new staff have joined the Department and we currently have 9 vacancies as follows: 1 Principal Officer, 2 Administrative/Higher Executive Officer, 4 IGEES Administrative Officers and 2 Executive Officers. We are expecting to receive candidates to fill these posts in early 2020.

The Deputy should note that the structure of the Department of Finance has changed over the years and I am answering the Parliamentary Question as per the structure of the Department now. The number of persons working in the Department of Finance by functional area at the end of each year since 2015 to date is set out in the following table as Full Time Equivalents.

Number of persons working in the Department of Finance by functional area at the end of each year since 2015 to date:

Division

2019 (as at 2 Dec 2019)

2018

2017

2016

2015

Economic

32.4

33.2

30.7

27.6

23.8

Tax Policy

45.2

47.4

38.53

34.3

32.5

EU & International

21.5

21.33

24.9

21.7

19.4

Banking

32.56

31.33

31.13

24.93

21.93

Funds, Insurance, Markets & Pensions

29.5

30.8

30.8

30.6

27.5

Shareholding & Financial Advisory

16

18.6

19.5

18.5

19.5

International Finance

22.4

23

24.47

33.67

29.77

Human Resources

13

13

11

12

13

Facilites Management Unit

37.4

37.8

38

38

40

Corporate Affairs (including Secretary General's and Minister Offices)

41.23

40.03

35.6

22

22

Exchequer, Accounts

19.85

25.64

26.5

37

36

Total

311.0

322.1

311.1

300.3

285.4