Thursday, 11 July 2019

Ceisteanna (54, 73, 77, 78, 80, 82, 83, 84, 89)

Jack Chambers

Ceist:

54. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the retention rate of military personnel with advanced cybersecurity skill sets; the status of the development of strategies to retain military personnel with such skill sets; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30539/19]

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Jack Chambers

Ceist:

73. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if the recommendation of family care and quality of life initiatives in addition to guaranteed training programmes which benefit career development 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. [30559/19]

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Jack Chambers

Ceist:

77. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the way in which he will address the low level of job satisfaction for the Permanent Defence Force as indicated in the Public Service Pay Commission report; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30563/19]

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Jack Chambers

Ceist:

78. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his views on whether there is a capability and security risk with 57.8% of members stating they intended to leave the Permanent Defence Force in the next two years as outlined in the Public Service Pay Commission report on the Defence Forces; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30564/19]

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Jack Chambers

Ceist:

80. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the way in which he will respond to the 73.6% of members of the Defence Forces that stated problematic staffing levels as a reason to leave in the Public Service Pay Commission report; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30566/19]

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Jack Chambers

Ceist:

82. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the way in which he will respond to the 47.2% of members of the Defence Forces that stated problems limited by their pension date as a reason to leave in the Public Service Pay Commission report; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30568/19]

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Jack Chambers

Ceist:

83. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the way in which he will respond to the issue of commuting pressure as outlined in the Public Service Pay Commission report as a driver to leave the Permanent Defence Force; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30569/19]

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Jack Chambers

Ceist:

84. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the way in which he will respond to the issue of high burnout as a driver to leave the Permanent Defence Force in the Public Service Pay Commission report; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30570/19]

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Jack Chambers

Ceist:

89. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the timeline for a review for a supplementary pension scheme as recommended in the Public Service Pay Commission report; when the review will conclude; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30575/19]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Defence)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 54, 73, 77, 78, 80, 82 to 84, inclusive, and 89 together.

At its meeting held on the 4th July 2019, the Government accepted, in full, the report of the Public Service Pay Commission on recruitment and retention in the Defence Forces. The Government also agreed an extensive implementation plan for the report.

The implementation plan is arranged around three broad themes of valuing members of the PDF, retaining the best people and attracting the best people. The plan, agreed by Government, sets out the actions to be taken and the timelines within which they will be taken, i.e. immediate, short term, medium term and long term. The implementation plan complements a range of actions that are already underway in the Department and the Defence Forces, to enhance recruitment and retention in the PDF.

In addition, the plan sets out an oversight process and my Department is putting in place the civil and military structures to support this.

The report of the Public Service Pay Commission is currently being considered by the Permanent Defence Force Representative Associations and there will be further meetings in the coming weeks to clarify any matters arising.