Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Ceisteanna (134)

Paul Murphy

Ceist:

134. Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the estimated number of additional jobs that would be created in the public sector by a transition to a four day work week. [47206/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Public)

As Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, I have responsibility for the non-pay terms and conditions for the Civil Service. Other Ministers are responsible for the non-pay terms and conditions in the wider public service.

The campaign for a 4 day week relates to a significant change to working time in Ireland for the entire workforce - Civil Service, wider public sector and private sector. In terms of the Civil Service position as an employer in relation to the 4 day week, significant research would need to be undertaken as to the feasibility of this, taking into consideration factors such as service provision to the public and any potential additional costs to the Exchequer, including as you mention, whether it would result in any additional headcount being required.

The Civil Service is currently a leading employer in the field of flexible working. Approximately 17% of the Civil Service workforce are currently on flexible work arrangements that include work-sharing and shorter worker year. Civil servants can also apply for career breaks which allows us, the Civil Service, to retain staff in cases where they need some time away from work to focus on other opportunities. Some departments also offer e-working.