Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Ceisteanna (166)

Joan Burton

Ceist:

166. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the Departments, agencies and individual votes the €0.4 billion cost for public sector pay increases in 2020 provided for in the SES in tabular form; if it provides for the hiring of additional staff in each case; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30278/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Public)

The amount of €0.4 billion included in the SES in respect of public service pay increases relates to public servants covered by the Public Service Stability Agreement. This amount will be included in the medium term expenditure ceilings published in the Mid-Year Expenditure Report, on an aggregate basis. Specific allocations will be made to individual Vote groups as part of the Estimates 2020 process and will be included in the Ministerial expenditure ceilings published in Budget 2020.

These allocations will be made based on existing staff numbers. As is usual, any decisions with regard to the recruitment of additional staff would have to be made within allocated pay ceilings and will be a matter for individual Departments.