PUBLIC Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin is planning to cut the number of public servants working on pay and pensions to save over €12m per year, writes Michael Brennan.
There are 867 staff working in human resources sections in 40 different departments and state bodies in Dublin currently – at an annual cost of €53m.
Under the new 'Peoplepoint' project, three-quarters of these HR workers will be moved to a single office in south Dublin. These 647 workers will look after pay and pensions for 38,000 public servants.
The remaining 218 HR workers who are no longer needed will be moved to new duties elsewhere in the public service.
Some HR staff have already moved to the new Clonskeagh office. All of them are due to be in place by next year.