Although the Property Registration Authority (PRA) falls under the aegis of my Department, the PRA has its own Vote (Vote 23), of which its Chief Executive Officer is the Accounting Officer. In addition, the PRA operates under a delegated staffing sanction from my Department for filling posts up to the grade of Principal Officer.
The staffing complement of the PRA as at 31 October 2021 was 539 (500 full-time equivalents). Active Strategic Workforce Planning is embedded in the PRA and is fully aligned with its new Statement of Strategy 2022-2024, business planning and risk management processes, and it is designed to increase the overall effectiveness of the organisation, and its workforce, in fulfilling its statutory mandate and in achieving its strategic goals.
For the year 2022, the PRA has secured a 6 per cent increase in funding, including an extra €2 million for salaries. This increase in its allocation is to enable the PRA to secure, with the assistance of the Public Appointments Service, suitable staff to fill gaps currently identified in order to continue to deliver services. The PRA is also engaged in the continued development of electronic platforms, landdirect and eRegistration, in order to further digitise the registration process.