Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Ceisteanna (329)

Louise O'Reilly

Ceist:

329. Deputy Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if civil servants especially those in lower ranks who are expected to work from home will be provided with the necessary information technology equipment to discharge their duties; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26766/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Public)

My Department developed guidance for civil service organisations - Working from Home during COVID-19 Guidance for Civil Service Organisations - in response to the requirement by Government for employees to work from home where possible during COVID.

https://hr.per.gov.ie/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Working-from-Home-Guidelines-Final-version-26-June.pdf

The purpose of this guidance, which issued to civil service employers in June, was to support the health and well-being of employees; to ensure good practice has been followed by employees when working from home during COVID; and to support the regular and effective delivery of service.

Technology to support home working has been a priority for civil service organisations since March when working from home became widespread for public health reasons.  Access to and availability of technology has increased significantly across the sector since then.

My Department is now, as a matter of priority, working with employers across the civil service to develop the longer term approach to remote working in the sector - rather than as a necessity during COVID. Access to equipment for employees who are remote working will be addressed in that context.