Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Questions (419)

Holly Cairns


419. Deputy Holly Cairns asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he is facilitating requests for officials in Departments or persons employed in State agencies to work remotely full-time or part-time beyond Covid-19 restrictions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17003/21]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

The Government, has committed, in the Programme for Government, to mandating public sector employers to move to 20% home and remote working in 2021. In this context, My Department is, as a matter of priority, working with employers across the Civil Service to develop the longer term approach to remote working in the sector. My Department is also working closely with the wider public sector to ensure a consistency of approach. To this end the Department is working on a Blended Working Policy Framework for Civil Service Organisations which will assist those organisations in developing long-term remote working policies.

It is proposed that remote working in the Civil Service, post pandemic, will be facilitated on a blended basis, subject to roles being deemed as suitable to be carried out remotely. The Civil Service Employee Engagement Survey carried out in September/October, 2020 indicated a preference among civil servants – 62% of respondents - for a blended approach to working remotely.