Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Ceisteanna (161)

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Ceist:

161. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Finance the identified number of customs posts to be filled in advance of Brexit following the advertisement of 600 posts in 2018, by county and region in tabular form; if additional posts to the already advertised 600 posts will be required; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5075/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Finance)

In September 2018, the Government granted approval in principle for the phased recruitment of an additional 600 Revenue staff to meet the challenges posed by Brexit.

Revenue appointed over 150 staff to customs roles in the period September 2018 to 4 February 2019. Over 130 have been appointed to trade facilitation roles and 20 have been appointed to control officer duties.

Revenue has accelerated its recruitment and training plans and will appoint over 250 additional staff to Brexit related roles between now and 29 March 2019 in anticipation of a no-deal Brexit.

These posts are being filled by the recruitment of new staff from the Public Appointments Service, and from internal and interdepartmental competitions. As serving staff are taking up their new Brexit related positions, Revenue is backfilling the vacancies created through panels of candidates established from its general recruitment activity.

Revenue are on track to have appointed over 400 additional staff to customs and related roles for Brexit during the period September 2018 to 29 March 2019.

The following table provides a broad outline of the planned additional 400 staff:

Location

Number

Munster

49

BMW

48

Dublin

238

Wexford

30

Rest of Leinster

35

Total

400

Resources will be deployed based on the evolving business needs and to tackle any risks as they emerge.

In the event of a no-deal Brexit, Revenue plans to appoint a further 200 staff during the rest of 2019. This would bring the total additional staff recruited to the 600 staff required to deal with the UK withdrawal from the EU.

Question No. 162 answered with Question No. 156.