DO AGENCIES HAVE ENOUGH STAFF IN PREPARATION FOR BREXIT? – BROUGHAN

Deputy Broughan recently asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Business; Enterprise and Innovation, Frances Fitzgerald to report on the number of staff requests by each State agency under the remit of her department in each of the years 2014 to 2017 and the number of staff subsequently hired in each year in this period.

During 2017, Deputy Broughan asked a number of questions around staffing and resources of Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland, in particular, due to the changing international political landscape and the importance of Irish business being ready and supported during these changes.  This week, he received a comprehensive breakdown of staff numbers, the numbers of staff requested and the numbers of staff members hired in all agencies under the remit of the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation and has included the breakdown below.

The reply stated “In 2015 my Department received delegated sanction, which remains in place, from the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. The sanction delegates to my Department the management of its, and its Agencies, pay and staff allocation (up to Principal Officer standard) within an overall pay budget”.

Statistical Table: PQ 1648/18

 

The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission  

Year No. of Staff at 1 January No. staff requested No. subsequently hired
2014 84.5 FTE 3 0
2015 83.5 FTE 26 9
2016 83.6 FTE 14 32
2017 82.9 FTE 6 29

Enterprise Ireland

Year No. of Staff at 1 January No. staff requested No. subsequently hired *
2014 648.5 21 28
2015 631 19 21
2016 563 39 43
2017 564 18 74

* The figures include all staff hired in Ireland & overseas excluding those hired in the Enterprise Ireland two-year Graduate Programme.  The numbers provided are gross figures and do not take account of leavers in the same period.  All staff hired are within EI approved headcount for Ireland based and overseas based staff.

Health and Safety Authority

Year No. of Staff at 1 January No. staff requested No. subsequently hired
2014 162.4 4 1
2015 167.1 4 3
2016 166.2 12 6
2017 158.6 10 16

Irish Auditing and Accounting Supervisory Authority

Year No. of Staff at 1 January No. staff requested No. subsequently hired
2014 13 11 0
2015 13 1 5
2016 17 17 4
2017 20 0 7

National Standards Authority of Ireland

Year No. of Staff at 1 January No. staff requested No. subsequently hired
2014 132 1 1
2015 133 8 2
2016 130 3 7
2017 129 9 15

Personal Injuries Assessment Board

Year No. of Staff at 1 January No. staff requested No. subsequently hired
2014 67 13 0
2015 67 13 2
2016 66 14 16
2017 80 17 * 17

* Includes sanction for 2 staff who are on secondment from PIAB to the Personal Injuries Commission

Science Foundation Ireland

Year No. of Staff at 1 January No. staff requested No. subsequently hired
2014 49 1 2
2015 49 3 3
2016 49 21 5
2017 47 23 16

IDA Ireland

 Year No. of Staff at 1 January No. staff requested No. subsequently hired *
2014 282 19 + 35*   ‘Winning Abroad’ *fixed term contracts for 3 years 19  + 35
2015 262 38 38
2016 265 59

5 (graduates on rolling 3-year fixed term contracts)

48

 

5 approved and hired during 2017

2017 268 25

5 (graduates on rolling 3 year fixed term contracts)

25

*hired staff may also relate to replacing staff as opposed to increasing the staff complement