Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Ceisteanna (273)

Seán Canney

Ceist:

273. Deputy Seán Canney asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of public servants who will reach retirement age before the end of 2022, by profession; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24631/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Public)

The authorities responsible for the administration of the large number of pension schemes operating in the various sectors of the Irish public service are, in general, the relevant employers and Ministers in those sectors.

It would be a matter for those sectorial authorities, including relevant Ministers, to supply such information as may be available in respect of projected retiree numbers of those individual pension schemes.

I and my Department are responsible for the civil service pension schemes, which cover personnel in established and unestablished civil service and State Industrial posts.

Established staff who joined the civil service before 2004 can choose to retire having reached minimum voluntary retirement age (age 60 generally, or age 50 in the case of Prison Officers with 30 years service). By its nature, it is difficult to predict the level of retirements in any one year. A forecast of numbers of staff reaching the minimum retirement age of 60 shows that the demographics are such that the numbers eligible to retire will rise until at least 2021. Details of the forecast are outlined below.

2018

2019

2020

2021

2022

Projected numbers who will reach retirement age (60)

1,053

1,112

1,413

1,775

1,754

Information on the professions of retirees is not held centrally by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.