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Ireland — More than 12,000 job cuts planned for the public sector

31 August 2010

The government's plan to transform the public sector will see a total reduction of -12,430 jobs in under four years following the employment controls imposed by the Department of Finance, Irish daily The Post reports.

According to documents obtained by The Post 5,740 job cuts are expected in the Health Service alone as a result of the freeze on recruitment, voluntary redundancy and retirements. A further 2,530 civil servants posts will be shed and staffing levels across local authorities will be reduced by 1,991 jobs.

Non-commercial state agencies will see a drop in staffing levels of -1,028 before 2012. Further reductions will take place in the Justice and Defence sectors. However, Education has been ring-fenced with Finance Minister Brian Lenihan sanctioning an increase of +252 staff to just over 95,000.

The Minister of State for Public Service Transformation, Dara Calleary, said "the employment controls framework was agreed to allow for more flexibility, though obviously we are talking about less resources."

"If they (departments) need to recruit new people, they can do that, as long as they don't exceed the overall level."



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