Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Ceisteanna (627)

Thomas P. Broughan

Ceist:

627. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the budget and number of staff working in her Department in each of the years 2014 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [51565/19]

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.

Table 1 below details the number of permanent staff and Temporary Clerical Officers working in my Department at year end in respect of 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and at the end of November 2019. The figure for full time equivalents (FTE) takes account of staff that avail of work-share options. Temporary Clerical Officers are employed to cover long term absences eg. maternity leave, carers leave, long term illness, shorter working year scheme and also to support projects such as the roll out of the Public Service Card, SWY and Total Pension Contribution project.

Table 2 details the allocated salary budget for each year. This budget is set by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. While the staffing numbers in my Department have been decreasing, the salary budget has risen as a result of increases in salaries arising from such agreements as the Public Service Stability Agreement 2018 – 2020.

Table 1: Staffing Numbers

Year

FTE

Staff Count

Dec- 2014

6555.20

6962

Dec- 2015

6497.79

6898

Dec- 2016

6436.37

6823

Dec- 2017

6364.12

6730

Dec- 2018

6363.29

6728

Nov- 2019

6125.69

6465

Table 2: Salary Budget

Year

Budget

2014

€ 290,611,000.00

2015

€ 308,617,000.00 *

2016

€ 296,372,000.00

2017

€ 295,510,000.00

2018

€ 300,873,000.00

2019

€ 303,890,000.00

* In 2015 there was an extra pay run for fortnightly paid staff. Extra money was allocated for this.