Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Ceisteanna (226)

Bríd Smith

Ceist:

226. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if the outsourcing of the aptitude tests for Public Appointments Service competitions to a UK provider will be reconsidered in view of the error that occurred in the principal officer competition in 2017. [20927/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Public)

As the Deputy will be aware, the Public Appointments Service (PAS) is an independent statutory body which provides professional recruitment and selection services to the civil and public service. As with all assessment tests, test providers are selected following a competitive public procurement exercise.

PAS continually monitor all their processes with regard to competitions to ensure as much as is possible that issues such as the one referred to are avoided in the future.

I want to assure the Deputy again that no candidate was disadvantaged as a result of the error.