Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Ceisteanna (83)

Niamh Smyth

Ceist:

83. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the way in which he will address the low level of job satisfaction for the Permanent Defence Forces as indicated in the Public Service Pay Commission Report; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33603/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Defence)

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, retention and job satisfaction 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.

Question No. 84 answered with Question No. 71.
Question No. 85 answered with Question No. 43.