Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Ceisteanna (2662)

Pearse Doherty

Ceist:

2662. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the staffing levels at each Intreo public office operated by her Department in County Donegal in each of the years from 2014 to 2018 and to date in 2019, by location, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [31577/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Employment)

Like all Government departments and agencies, my Department is required to operate within a staff ceiling figure and a commensurate administrative staffing budget, which for this Department has involved reductions in staff.

The Intreo service is the integrated income support, employment and support service provided by the Department. Intreo Centres provide information and access to income supports, including jobseekers' payments, back to work and back to education payments, one-parent family payments and community welfare services. There are four offices designated as Intreo Centres in Donegal. These are located in Letterkenny, Buncrana, Dungloe and Dunfanaghy.

Serving staff figures as at the end of each year for 2014 to 2018 and serving staff at the end of June for 2019 are set out in the following tables; there are two figures provided; one for the full-time equivalent staffing number (FTE) and the other for the number of staff on site (comprises full-time staff and staff availing of shorter working weeks).

1) Buncrana

-

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

FTE

Staff Count

FTE

Staff Count

FTE

Staff Count

FTE

Staff Count

FTE

Staff Count

FTE

Staff Count

Higher Executive Officer

8.00

8

8.00

8

7.60

8

10.60

11

10.60

11

11.60

12

Executive Officer

7.00

7

7.00

7

6.00

6

9.80

10

10.80

11

8.80

9

Staff Officer *

6.80

7

6.80

7

6.80

7

-

-

-

-

-

-

Clerical Officer

15.89

17

16.89

18

15.46

17

17.46

19

15.41

17

16.41

18

Services Officer

-

-

-

-

0.50

1

1.00

1

1.00

1

1.00

1

Total

37.69

39

38.68

40

36.36

39

38.86

41

37.81

40

37.81

40

* In 2017 the Staff Officer grade was amalgamated with the Executive Officer grade

2) Dunfanaghy

-

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

FTE

Staff Count

FTE

Staff Count

FTE

Staff Count

FTE

Staff Count

FTE

Staff Count

FTE

Staff Count

Higher Executive Officer

1.00

1

1.00

1

1.00

1

1.00

1

1.00

1

1.00

1

Executive Officer

2.73

3

2.73

3

2.73

3

3.73

4

3.73

4

3.73

4

Staff Officer *

1.00

1

1.00

1

1.00

1

-

-

-

-

-

-

Clerical Officer

5.50

6

5.50

6

4.50

5

4.50

5

5.50

6

3.50

4

Services Officer

.30

1

.30

1

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Total

10.53

12

10.53

12

9.23

10

9.23

10

10.23

11

8.23

9

3) Dungloe

-

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

FTE

Staff Count

FTE

Staff Count

FTE

Staff Count

FTE

Staff Count

FTE

Staff Count

FTE

Staff Count

Higher Executive Officer

4.00

4

4.00

4

5.53

6

5.80

6

5.00

5

6.00

6

Executive Officer

1.80

2

3.80

4

2.80

3

4.00

4

4.00

4

4.00

4

Staff Officer *

2.00

2

2.00

2

2.00

2

-

-

-

-

-

-

Clerical Officer

8.80

9

8.80

9

9.53

10

9.53

10

10.53

11

11.53

12

Services Officer

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Total

16.60

17

18.60

19

19.86

21

19.33

20

19.53

20

21.53

22

* In 2017 the Staff Officer grade was amalgamated with the Executive Officer grade

4) Letterkenny

-

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

FTE

Staff

Count

FTE

Staff Count

FTE

Staff Count

FTE

Staff Count

FTE

Staff Count

FTE

Staff Count

Assistant Principal

1.00

1

1.00

1

2.00

2

2.00

2

2.00

2

2.00

2

Higher Executive Officer

17.00

17

16.00

16

18.00

19

15.50

16

15.58

17

15.58

17

Executive

Officer

8.40

9

6.60

7

7.60

8

14.10

15

14.10

15

13.10

14

Staff Officer *

6.50

7

6.50

7

6.50

7

-

-

-

-

-

-

Clerical

Officer

27.83

29

27.10

28

26.50

28

25.83

28

24.68

27

22.94

25

Services Officer

-

-

1.00

1

1.00

1

1.00

1

1.00

1

1.00

1

Total

60.73

63

58.20

60

61.60

65

58.43

62

57.35

62

54.62

59

* In 2017 the Staff Officer grade was amalgamated with the Executive Officer grade

The staffing needs for all areas within the Department are continuously reviewed, taking account of workloads, management priorities and the on-going need to respond to new increasing demands in a wide range of services. This is to ensure that the best use is made of all available resources with a view to providing an efficient service to those who rely on the schemes operated by the Department.