Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Ceisteanna (120)

Seán Haughey


120. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the estimated full year cost of recruiting an additional 12 field inspector posts; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [3120/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Business)

In my Department, there are a number of staff assigned to work as Labour Inspectors, within the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC). Labour Inspectors deliver an enforcement, and information service in relation to employer obligations and employee rights/entitlements/protections. In this regard, details of the estimated full year cost of recruiting an additional 12 Labour Inspectors in the WRC, as requested by the Deputy, are set out below in tabular format.


Gross Salary Cost*

Gross ‘Out of Office Hours’   allowance

Employer PRSI

Total Cost (1)

Total Cost (12)

Labour Inspector (Executive Office equivalent)






*based on the average salary Executive Officer (PPC) payscale. These figures do not account for the proposed pay adjustment under the Lansdowne Road Agreement due October 2019 (1.75%).  The estimated additional cost including employer PRSI for the adjustment in October 2019 is €2,637.75 (12).

The Deputy should note that, the Workplace Relations Commission has 7 Inspector Team Managers (Higher Executive Officer equivalent) overseeing the work of the 34 Labour Inspectors (Executive Officer equivalent).  The recruitment of 12 additional Labour Inspectors referenced in the request, may create an additional cost in terms for the recruitment of additional Inspector Team Managers (ITM).  The average cost for an ITM is in the region of €68,190.78, inclusive of employer PRSI.