Monday 21 August 2017

Martin Frawley: Warnings went unheeded about our greying civil service

Public Expenditure and Reform Minister Brendan Howlin at a recent Labour gathering
Public Expenditure and Reform Minister Brendan Howlin at a recent Labour gathering

TEN years ago, the government was warned that the age profile of the civil service was mounting, which presented serious challenges to the running of the country.

A 2004 report by the Institute of Public Administration noted at the time that 27pc of civil servants were aged over 50, but warned that this would grow to 47pc by 2014.

It noted that the cohort of civil servants in the 40-to-60 age bracket had increased fourfold in the previous 20 years, while those aged under 30 had declined.

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