49. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of employees within his Department in receipt of a salary below the living wage of €11.70 per hour. (Question 20615/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Departmental Staff Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): Twenty five civil servants and seven civilian staff, all on an incremental pay scale, are currently employed with my Department on a salary below that specified by the Deputy. In addition, apprentices who are undergoing training are paid apprenticeship rates of pay.
The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER) has overall responsibility for public service pay policy throughout the public sector and the rates applied in...

50. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the disaggregation of salary scales or levels among agency workers within or through his Department. (Question 20621/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Departmental Agencies Staff Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): My Department engages agency staff from time to time where in-house resources are not readily available. Payment for these services is made directly to the agency through whom the staff are engaged. The salary paid to the staff is therefore a matter between the agency and the individual and my Department is not party to the information sought by the Deputy.
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51. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of workers employed through his Department under the status of agency worker. (Question 20627/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Departmental Agencies Staff Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): My Department engages agency staff from time to time where in-house resources are not readily available. These staff are mainly involved in the provision of healthcare services at military medical facilities. The number engaged can vary from week to week depending on the requirements of the military authorities. At present, agency workers are providing physiotherapy, psychology, dental, social worker and nursing services. 
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72. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Finance the projected increase or demand for workers and employees due to demographic changes for the years 2018 to 2028. (Question 20703/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Economic Growth)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): My Department’s most recent macroeconomic forecasts were published with the Stability Programme Update 2018 in April, and cover the period up until 2021. The following table sets out the total employment projections from these forecasts. 
Overall, it is forecast that approximately 135,000 net additional jobs will be created over the period from 2018 to 2021. For this year, employment growth of 2.7 per cent (approximately 60,000 jobs) is projected. F...

87. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of employees within his Department in receipt of a salary below the living wage of €11.70 per hour. (Question 20620/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Departmental Staff Data)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): There are 17 officers in my Department whose hourly rate is below €11.70 and no staff in my Department are paid less than the National Minimum Wage.
It is important that Ireland’s statutory National Minimum Wage and the Living Wage concept are not confused. The Living Wage is a voluntary societal initiative centred on the social, business and economic case to ensure that, wherever it can be afforded, employers will pay a rate o...

88. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the disaggregation of salary scales or levels among agency workers within or through his Department. (Question 20626/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Departmental Agencies Staff Data)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 88 and 89 together.
In answer to the Deputy’s questions I can confirm that there are no agency workers employed by my Department.
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89. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of workers employed through his Department under the status of agency worker. (Question 20632/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Departmental Agencies Staff Data)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 88 and 89 together.
In answer to the Deputy’s questions I can confirm that there are no agency workers employed by my Department.
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93. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the budgetary projection within his Department due to demographic change for the years 2018 to 2028. (Question 20707/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Expenditure Report 2018 set out costs of €0.4 billion for 2019 and 2020 in relation to demographics net of estimated savings of €50 million in Live Register related expenditure arising from continued improvement in employment. These costs relating to demographic developments arise in the Departments of Health, Employment Affairs and Social Protection, and Education and Skills. The savings currently projected arising from ex...

107. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of employees within his Department in receipt of a salary below the living wage of €11.70 per hour. (Question 20616/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Departmental Staff Data)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The issue raised by the Deputy would only impact on the grades of Services Officer and Cleaner at my Department. However, the staff presently engaged at these grades are on incremental pay scales and have extensive service and in recognition of this they are on the higher points of the scale which exceed the rate mentioned by the Deputy in his question. 
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108. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Education and Skills the disaggregation of salary scales or levels among agency workers within or through his Department. (Question 20622/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Departmental Agencies Staff Data)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 108 and 109 together.
My Department does not have any agency workers engaged at the Department presently. As such, the matter of disaggregation of salary scales among such workers does not arise.
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109. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of workers employed through his Department under the status of agency worker. (Question 20628/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Departmental Agencies Staff Data)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 108 and 109 together.
My Department does not have any agency workers engaged at the Department presently. As such, the matter of disaggregation of salary scales among such workers does not arise.
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116. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Education and Skills the projected increase or demand for workers and employees due to demographic changes for the years 2018 to 2028. (Question 20700/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Departmental Strategies)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Demographic trends will have an impact across all areas of the education and training system, including special needs provision, administrative support and higher education. The IGEES paper “Budgetary Impact of Changing Demographics 2017 - 2027” outlines projected public expenditure implications across the education and training sector.  The paper is available online at: http://igees.gov.ie/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Demographic-Paper-Fi...

117. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Education and Skills the budgetary projection within his Department due to demographic change for the years 2018 to 2028. (Question 20704/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): An analysis of demographic cost pressures from 2017 to 2027 is set out in the Irish Government Economic and Evaluation Service staff paper ‘Budgetary Impact of Changing Demographics 2017 – 2027’ published in September 2016 by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.  This paper is available at: http://igees.gov.ie/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Demographic-Paper-Final-101016.pdf  
This paper is based on figures from Census 2016 and f...

128. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of employees within his Department in receipt of a salary below the living wage of €11.70 per hour. (Question 20619/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Departmental Staff Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I can inform the Deputy that based on current staffing figures, 185 staff in my Department are in receipt of a salary below €11.70 per hour. 
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129. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the disaggregation of salary scales or levels among agency workers within or through his Department. (Question 20625/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Departmental Agencies Staff Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 129 and 130 together.
I wish to advise the Deputy that my Department uses the services of the State’s independent recruitment office, the Public Appointments Service, to the maximum extent possible. 
However, in order to deliver the business of the organisation, it is necessary for my Department to occasionally engage the services of an employment agency to source agency workers to fill critical positio...

130. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of workers employed through his Department under the status of agency worker. (Question 20631/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Departmental Agencies Staff Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 129 and 130 together.
I wish to advise the Deputy that my Department uses the services of the State’s independent recruitment office, the Public Appointments Service, to the maximum extent possible. 
However, in order to deliver the business of the organisation, it is necessary for my Department to occasionally engage the services of an employment agency to source agency workers to fill critical positio...

138. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the projected increase or demand for workers and employees due to demographic changes for the years 2018 to 2028. (Question 20702/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Departmental Strategies)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 138 and 139 together.
While the focus on the annual estimates process tends to be on the upcoming financial year, the Department is increasingly focusing on the requirements for future years and where possible this will be factored in to the estimates process. This applies for example in relation to staffing requirements across the sector. The Programme for Government commits to ensuring a strong and vi...

139. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the budgetary projection within his Department due to demographic change for the years 2018 to 2028. (Question 20706/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Departmental Strategies)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 138 and 139 together.
While the focus on the annual estimates process tends to be on the upcoming financial year, the Department is increasingly focusing on the requirements for future years and where possible this will be factored in to the estimates process. This applies for example in relation to staffing requirements across the sector. The Programme for Government commits to ensuring a strong and vi...

211. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Health the number of employees within his Department in receipt of a salary below the living wage of €11.70 per hour. (Question 20617/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Departmental Staff Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The staff of my Department are on centrally negotiated civil service pay scales. There are a number of Clerical Officers on the lower end of the pay scale for that grade who are on salaries below the living wage of €11.70 per hour but as they progress over time on the Clerical Officer pay scale, their salaries will exceed the living wage.
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212. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Health the disaggregation of salary scales or levels among agency workers within or through his Department. (Question 20623/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Departmental Agencies Staff Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly on this matter.
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213. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Health the number of workers employed through his Department under the status of agency worker. (Question 20629/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Departmental Agencies Staff Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly on this matter.
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225. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Health the projected increase or demand for workers and employees due to demographic changes for the years 2018 to 2028. (Question 20701/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Departmental Strategies)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The impact of demographic changes is one of a number of issues that must be taken into account when considering how current and future demand for services is to be measured and assessed.
Global and regional health workforce demand is expected to increase in the coming decades because of population and economic growth, combined with demographic, epidemiological and other factors.  
A 2017 ESRI Report projected an increase in the old-age dependency ratio ...

226. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Health the budgetary projection within his Department due to demographic change for the years 2018 to 2028. (Question 20705/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Departmental Strategies)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The Department of Health has commissioned a number of reports on future demographic demands for the health system, including the Health Service Capacity Review 2018.  From such reports we can see that, under current delivery models, the costs of care for older people, as well as those with chronic illness, will put pressure on funding going forward.  However, the actual forecast costs of meeting such demand is dependent on how and where we meet such dem...

304. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of employees within his Department in receipt of a salary below the living wage of €11.70 per hour. (Question 20618/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Departmental Staff Data)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): Payment of salaries to staff of my Department is made in line with pay scales approved by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. Currently, there are two members of staff in my Department earning a salary below the amount of €11.70 per hour.  This figure will reduce as and when the staff concerned progress along an incremental scale.
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305. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the disaggregation of salary scales or levels among agency workers within or through his Department. (Question 20624/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Departmental Agencies Staff Data)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): I propose to take Questions Nos. 305 and 306 together.
My Department does not employ agency staff. Accordingly, the issues raised do not arise.
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