Sunday 18 March 2018

Number of top civil servants jumps by 462pc

Brian McDonald

THE last decade has seen a massive jump in the numbers of top civil servants working in government departments.

Between 1998 and 2009 there was an astonishing jump of 462pc in the numbers of Higher Principal Officers -- from 60 to 337.

CPSU General Secretary, Blair Horan said the figures, which had never been made public up to now, also confirmed a 339pc rise in the number of Higher Assistant Principals -- from 171 in 1996 to 751 last year.

The number of Executive Officers jumped by 101pc (2,429 to 4,889) over the same period, while Higher Executive Officers increased by 72pc (1,890 to 3,254). In contrast, the lowest increase in staffing levels occurred with clerical officers, almost all of whom are members of the CPSU. Their numbers rose from 9,396 in 1996 to 10,735 last year -- a rise of just 14pc.

"We are chock-full of managers, short of clerical staff who actually do the processing work, and these managers cannot even organise a queue," Mr Horan told delegates.

Irish Independent

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