Thursday, 31 January 2019

Ceisteanna (71)

Seán Fleming


71. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of civil servants on the panel for a transfer from his Department and agencies under his remit; the length of time applicants have been on the list for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4754/19]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Public)

The following table outlines the number of staff in my Department and the bodies under its aegis that are currently on the list for the Civil Service Mobility Scheme.

Department / Agency

No. Staff on List

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform


Office of Government Procurement


Office of Public Works


National Shared Services Office


Public Appointments Service


Office of the Ombudsman


State Lab


National Lottery Regulator




Institute of Public Administration


The overall Civil Service Mobility Scheme comes under the remit of my Department and is administered through the National Shared Service Office. It offers an opportunity for staff members to apply for mobility through an open and transparent system. The establishment of the scheme fulfils one of the requirements of Action 15 of the Civil Service Renewal Plan and Action 14 of the People Strategy for the Civil Service, which calls for the further expansion of a coherent mobility policy to facilitate staff development and strategic alignment with other HR policies.

Prior to the launch of the Mobility Scheme, there was no centralised system for transfers in operation in the Civil Service, so it is not possible to produce a report on transfer requests prior to the introduction of mobility.

The Mobility Scheme is being implemented on a phased basis. Phase 1A of the scheme is for the general Civil Service grades of Clerical Officer (CO) and Executive Officer (EO) to apply for mobility between and within 46 zones - excluding mobility within Zone 46 (Dublin) which will be included in Phase 1B.

Phase 1A opened for applications with effect from 13 November 2017, with the launch of the offer stage taking place on 10 September 2018. It is anticipated that Phase 1B of the scheme will launch in Q2 2019. Phase 2 of the scheme will include the general Civil Service grades of HEO, AO and AP. This phase will be developed following the launch of Phase 1B.

Further information on the Mobility Scheme is available to view at