As the Deputy will be aware from previous replies, in my role as Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, I have overarching responsibility for workforce planning in, and recruitment to, the Civil Service.
The Public Appointments Service (PAS) are the independent recruiter for the Civil Service and through its Client Relations Management structures the PAS ensures that they are informed of the resourcing needs of its clients (hiring government offices/departments) and maintain an ongoing programme of recruitment competitions. Vacancies are filled, as and when, required by employing Departments. The number of assignments, in any year, depends on the demand from Departments/Offices and that demand is subject to their pay and numbers allocation.
PAS has assigned over 2,800 people to roles across the Civil Service to date this year. Panels of candidates are available to fill vacancies across a range of general service grades. In 2020 PAS advertised recruitment competitions for CO, EO, and AP grades and propose to advertise an AO competition in early October. Competitions are in progress to select candidates for appointment to roles in ICT at EO and HEO level.