‘Greying’ public sector needs new recruits, unions warn

Posted in Governance and administration on July 26th, 2013 by steve

“The Government is insisting there is scope for new recruits to freshen up the public sector as new figures reveal the average public sector worker is 46 – and almost half are aged over 50 …” (more)

[Fiach Kelly, Independent, 26 July]

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Early Retirement

Posted in Governance and administration on January 25th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will clarify his plans regarding proposals to bring in compulsory early retirement in the public service; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 23 January]

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Not so retiring

Posted in Life on January 15th, 2013 by steve

“I recently attended a small discussion with a group of United States university professors, and I suddenly realised that all of them were over 60 years old, and about half of them well over 65 …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 15 January]

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Academics ‘dare to know’ only in retirement

Posted in Life on October 25th, 2012 by steve

“Older academics are taking early retirement to pursue ‘authentic study’ because of modern constraints on researchers. That was the view of Vanessa Pupavac, lecturer in international relations at the University of Nottingham, one of the panel members in a debate held during this year’s Battle of Ideas festival in London …” (more)

[Matthew Reisz, Times Higher Education, 25 October]

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Moran calls on Minister to give preference to newly qualified and unemployed teachers for teaching positions

Posted in Governance and administration on July 9th, 2012 by steve

“Recent reports have highlighted that 1,311 retired teachers were employed as supervisors at the recent State examinations. This alarming number is up from 1,147 retired teachers who were employed last year, an increase of 13%. It is inequitable and highly unsatisfactory that retired teachers are being rehired to supervise examinations …” (more)

[The Labour Party, 9 July]

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State retirees jump queue for jobs

Posted in Governance and administration on May 20th, 2012 by steve

“Public servants on generous retirement packages get rehired as jobless are passed over Last Wednesday the €14bn-a-year Health Service Executive, Ireland’s largest employer with more than 67,000 direct employees, and another 40,000 in funded healthcare agencies, updated its ‘Find a job’ web pages …” (more)

[Jerome Reilly, Independent, 20 May]

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Large numbers of public service retirees rehired

Posted in Governance and administration on May 14th, 2012 by steve

“Large numbers of those who retired from the public service are being taken back by Government departments, according to replies given by Ministers in response to questions from a Fianna Fáil TD …” (more)

[Paul Cullen, Irish Times, 14 May]

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Public Sector Retirements

Posted in Governance and administration on February 29th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will provide an estimate of the number of public servants who will retire by the end of February 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 28 February]

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Retirements from the Public Sector

Posted in Governance and administration on February 29th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he is satisfied with the progress made by the transition teams put in place to manage the wave of retirements from the public sector in order that the delivery of key frontline services will be maintained; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Priority Questions, 28 February]

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Over 9,000 civil servants to quit

Posted in Governance and administration on February 28th, 2012 by steve

“More than 9,000 staff will have left the public service before changes to pension and retirement arrangements come into effect on Thursday. A new contingency plan for the Civil Service, published last night, shows widespread redeployment of staff and new business processes have been put in place to prevent gaps in services emerging …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 28 February]

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University Security Staff

Posted in Governance and administration on February 9th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Michael McNamara asked the Minister for Education and Skills if it is the policy of the University of Limerick to require security officers who reach the age of 65 to retire; if so, are they being replaced by retired gardaí or prison officers who are already receiving a State pension; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 8 February]

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6,600 public servants to retire early

Posted in Governance and administration on February 7th, 2012 by steve

“A total of 6,600 public servants are planning to take early retirement, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has told the Dáil today. He said that considering the age profile of public servants, it was assumed that up to 9,000 whole-time equivalent workers would retire by the end of this month …” (more)

[Michael O’Regan and Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 7 February]

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Government criticised for inadequately planning thousands of retirements

Posted in Governance and administration on February 5th, 2012 by steve

“Opposition parties are criticising the government for not planning adequately for the retirement of nearly 8 thousand public servants at the end of this month …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 5 February]

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Taoiseach: Imminent retirements ‘will test’ Croke Park Agreement

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2012 by steve

“The Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said the thousands of staff leaving the public service will test the Croke Park Agreement …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 1 February]

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Howlin says retirements will have minimal effect

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2012 by steve

“Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has said that the effect on the public sector from thousands of retirement at the end of February will be minimal. Howlin said that if all workers and managers co-operate then the everything will run smoothly and the retirements will be processed without fuss and disruption …” (more)

[Inside Ireland, 1 February]

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Retiring teachers to cost €212m this year

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2012 by steve

“Teachers retiring at the end of February will walk away with average lump sum payments of €97,000, according to Department of Education figures. The estimated 1,600 teachers who have applied for the deal will also receive annual pensions of €32,300 …” (more)

[Juno McEnroe and Stephen Rogers, Irish Examiner, 1 February]

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Almost 150 staff to leave Queen’s at end of January

Posted in Governance and administration on January 27th, 2012 by steve

“As part of a university voluntary severance and voluntary retirement scheme, 145 staff will leave their jobs before the spring semester begins. The departures are across all departments and are the result of a voluntary trawl …” (more)

[BBC News, 27 January]

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Up to 1,600 teachers to retire before changes to pensions

Posted in Governance and administration on January 23rd, 2012 by steve

“The Government is likely to have to recruit hundreds of school teachers later this year to plug gaps left by a bigger-than-expected uptake of staff leaving before new pension changes take effect next month …” (more)

[Paul Cullen, Irish Times, 23 January]

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How gaps left by departing school teachers are expected to be filled

Posted in Teaching on January 8th, 2012 by steve

“Teachers going on early retirement in February will be replaced on a temporary basis in classrooms for the rest of the school year. The exodus from primary and post-primary schools will create opportunities for newly qualified teachers seeking regular work …” (more)

[Independent, 7 January]

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1,100 teachers to retire by end of February

Posted in Governance and administration on January 7th, 2012 by steve

“Department figures show that 640 primary teachers and 465 second-level teachers have indicated their intention to retire in January or February 2012 …” (more)

[Education Matters, 5 January]

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