Dáil Éireann - Volume 668 - 20 November, 2008

Written Answers. - Ministerial Staff.

Deputy Mary Upton asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the number, in respect of her and of her Ministers of State, the constituency office and the private office, of staff employed, broken down by grade and the cost of each office in terms of salaries and expenses for 2007 and the projected costs for 2008; if there will be a reduction in staffing levels in these offices, arising from the requirement to effect a 3% reduction in salary costs; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41753/08]

[300]   Deputy Mary Coughlan: The tables following outline the number of staff by grade in my private and constituency office and in those of each Minister of State within my Department. The cost for 2007 of each such office in terms of salary, overtime and expenses are included together with the costs for 2008 to date. It should be noted that the Office of the Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation was created on 20th June 2007 and, therefore, the figures do not represent a full calendar year.

Office of the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise Trade & Employment

Private Office

Constituency Office

2 Special Advisers 1 Press Adviser 1 Private Secretary (HEO) 2 Executive Officers 5 Clerical Officers

1 Executive Officer 2.8 Clerical Officers 1 Personal Assistant 1 Personal Secretary 1 Temp. Clerical Officer

Year

Salaries, Wages and Allowances*

Travel & Subsistence**

Ministerial Allowance

Miscellaneous

Total

2007

1,099,700.40

58,053.27

11,161.20

6,110.78

1,175,025.65

2008 to date

1,138,831.55

26,355.90

14,000.46

9,378.64

1,188,566.55

Office of the Minister for Labour Affairs

Private Office

Constituency Office

1 Private Secretary (HEO) 1 Executive Officer 3 Clerical Officers

1 Personal Assistant 1 Personal Secretary 2 Civilian Drivers

Year

Salaries, Wages and Allowances*

Travel & Subsistence**

Ministerial Allowance

Miscellaneous

Total

2007

333,209.14

81,433.54

12,001.36

846.95

427,490.99

2008 to date

324,569.54

91,379.45

10,142.20

3,633.18

429,724.37

Office of the Minister for Trade & Commerce

Private Office

Constituency Office

1 Private Secretary (HEO) 1 Staff Officer 1 Clerical Officer

1 Personal Assistant 1 Personal Secretary 2 Secretarial Assistants 1 Clerical Officer 2 Civilian Drivers

[301] Year

Salaries, Wages and Allowances*

Travel & Subsistence**

Ministerial Allowance

Miscellaneous

Total

2007

404,894.49

114,483.63

15,213.00

2,062.22

536,653.34

2008 to date

462,390.03

169,112.24

11,156.20

2,594.35

645,252.82

Office of the Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation

Private Office

Constituency Office

1 Private Secretary (AO) 1 Executive Officer 1 Clerical Officers

1 Special Adviser 1 Personal Assistant 2 Personal Secretaries (each staff member on a 0.5% worksharing basis) 1 Clerical Officer 2 Civilian Drivers

Year

Salaries, Wages and Allowances*

Travel & Subsistence**

Ministerial Allowance

Miscellaneous

Total

20th June 2007

176,870.95

46,535.60

4,056.80

790.66

228,254.01

2008 to date

481,304.52

59,964.24

11,156.20

4,766.45

557,191.41

* The totals provided for Salaries, Wages and Allowances include Overtime and Employer’s PRSI.

** The totals provided for Travel and Subsistence Expenses include the cost of flights invoiced directly to the Department.

There are also two additional Ministers of State who have responsibility in this Department, however, they do not have offices in the Department. The Ministers concerned are:

Minister for Equality, Disability and Mental Health at the Department of Health and Children.

Minister for Lifelong Learning at the Department of Education and Science.

Measures to effect a 3% reduction in salary costs have been agreed as part of the estimates process and this includes the suppression of a number of posts which will be spread across the Department.