Public service staffing to shrink 282,500

17th November 2012

The number of public servants will shrink to 282,500 by 2015, down from a peak of 320,000 in 2008, according to new Government targets. The reduction of 37,500 posts would alone reduce the public service pay bill by over €2.5 billion – or 15% – compared to 2008. The Government says this is double the previous Government’s headcount reduction target.

New staffing targets for each sector will be published with the Budget. In a package of public service reform measures published today, the Government said the number of public servants will fall below 300,000 this year.

The package also sets out some details of planned state agency rationalisation, which will see 48 bodies rationalised by the end of next year with a further 46 to be reviewed.

The Government also announced plans to cancel the much-criticised decentralisation programme. Forty decentralisation projects will be cancelled and 22 others are being reviewed. Over 30 others will remain in situ. You can get details HERE.

The new proposals pledge to rationalise the Government’s property portfolio, accelerate public procurement reforms and increase shared services in payroll, HR and other areas.