Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Questions (619)

Martin Browne

Question:

619. Deputy Martin Browne asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the number of field inspector posts recruited in each of the past three years; and the number that left during the same period. [6508/20]

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Written answers (Question to Business)

In my Department there are a number of staff assigned to work as Labour Inspectors (Executive Officer equivalent) within the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC). Labour Inspectors deliver an enforcement, and information service in relation to employer obligations and employee rights/entitlements/protections.

In the past three years my Department has not recruited directly from open competitions to fill these posts.  As vacancies arise through natural attrition, e.g. retirements and promotions, these posts have been filled, via internal competitions, with existing Departmental staff.

The table below sets out the number of Labour Inspectors who left, and the number who took up posts, during the years 2017, 2018, 2019 and to date in 2020:

Year

Number that left Post

Number that took up post

2017

3

  7*

2018

4

5

2019

1

0

2020 (to date)

3

0

* This figure includes vacancies carried over from 2016