Thursday, 6 December 2018

Ceisteanna (96)

Thomas P. Broughan

Ceist:

96. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of staff in his Department who have a degree or higher degree level qualifications in economics; the proportion of staff who are so qualified in respect of the total staff of his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51260/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Public)

The information requested by the Deputy is as follows:

A total of 60 staff in my Department have a degree and/or a post-graduate qualification in Economics, accounting for 14 % of the total staffing cohort. While many staff are economists by profession and support in particular the work of the Irish Government Economic and Evaluation Service (IGESS) established in 2012, many other staff within the Department have a wide variety of professional backgrounds with a strong quantitative analysis component such as statistics, data analysis, social science, business and financial management, research methodology, evaluation and policy analysis. All of these skills, and others, drive and support competence, capability and capacity in the wide and complex work of my Department.