Thursday, 3 October 2019

Ceisteanna (345)

Peter Burke

Ceist:

345. Deputy Peter Burke asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if executive officer grade positions are available in her Department in Mullingar, County Westmeath. [40290/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Employment)

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

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

In accordance with relevant Department of Public Expenditure and Reform circulars and guidelines, when a permanent post is approved to be filled, the assignment will be made from either a panel created through a Public Appointment Service (PAS) competition or from an internal Departmental promotion panel or from the relevant Mobility list.

I am advised that there are currently no positions at the Executive Officer grade available in my Department in Mullingar.