Thursday, 20 June 2013

Ceisteanna (28)

Clare Daly

Ceist:

28. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the changes in public sector staffing numbers since the introduction of the public sector recruitment embargo; and if he has any plans to alter the scheme. [29682/13]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Public)

There is no general embargo on recruitment in the public service but there are restrictions so that overall the size of the public service continues to reduce.

The Government has set out an ambitious public service reform plan that aims to transform the quality and cost effectiveness of public services in Ireland. As part of that plan we are undertaking a steady and managed reduction in public service numbers and there are sectoral targets to meet this. Within these targets management have discretion on exactly how staff resources are allocated. This approach has delivered a reduction of just over 29,500 since its introduction in 2009 and it forms an important and ongoing component of the Government Reform Agenda.