Thursday, 11 July 2019

Ceisteanna (67, 68, 72, 74, 75, 76, 86)

Jack Chambers

Ceist:

67. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the review of recruitment methods which will be implemented as recommended in the report of the Public Service Pay Commission on the Defence Forces; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30553/19]

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Jack Chambers

Ceist:

68. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if he is satisfied that the report of the Public Service Pay Commission on the Defence Forces will address the recruitment and retention crisis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30554/19]

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Jack Chambers

Ceist:

72. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if he is adopting the international recruitment and retention measures identified in other countries in the Public Service Pay Commission report; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30558/19]

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Jack Chambers

Ceist:

74. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if the recommendation of the introduction of a skills champion to tackle staff shortages and the establishment of specialist recruitment teams, in addition to retention payments in certain niche areas, will be implemented as recommended in the report of the Public Service Pay Commission on the Defence Forces; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30560/19]

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Jack Chambers

Ceist:

75. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his plans for a renewed emphasis and prioritisation of talent management within all workforce planning frameworks which is required along with specific targeted responses including a focus on further developing retention policies in the Permanent Defence Forces; when this will be implemented as recommended in the report of the Public Service Pay Commission on the Defence Forces; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30561/19]

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Jack Chambers

Ceist:

76. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his plans to introduce the use of a career and talent management system in addition to the proactive recruitment of female personnel as recommended in the report of the Public Service Pay Commission on the Defence Forces; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30562/19]

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Jack Chambers

Ceist:

86. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence when he will commence the review as recommended by the Public Service Pay Commission (details supplied); the timeline for such a review; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30572/19]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Defence)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 67, 68, 72, 74 to 76, inclusive, and 86 together.

I welcome the Public Service Pay Commission (PSPC) latest report and the recommendations, observations and comments contained therein.

The recommendations within the report have been distilled into specific actions, applying corresponding timeframes, within an approved High Level Implementation Plan. Work has commenced in advancing the actions contained in this plan.

I am confident that the implementation of the PSPC’s recommendations, in tandem with pay benefits delivered by the Public Service Stability Agreement, will ameliorate current recruitment and retention challenges being experienced by the Permanent Defence Force.

Questions Nos. 69 to 71, inclusive, answered with Question No. 40.
Question No. 72 answered with Question No. 67.
Question No. 73 answered with Question No. 54.
Questions Nos. 74 to 76, inclusive, answered with Question No. 67.
Questions Nos. 77 and 78 answered with Question No. 54.
Question No. 79 answered with Question No. 40.
Question No. 80 answered with Question No. 54.
Question No. 81 answered with Question No. 40.
Questions Nos. 82 to 84, inclusive, answered with Question No. 54.