Terms of Reference

In accordance with Section 3 of the Public Service Stability Agreement 2018-2020 and consistent with its overall Terms of Reference, the Commission should:

1. Seek to establish in the first instance whether, and to what extent, a difficulty exists in terms of recruitment and retention for specific groups/grades/sectors of the public service;

2. Where a difficulty is identified, examine the full range of causal factors, having regard as the Commission considers relevant to:
o The totality of the current remuneration package available;
o The planned future pay adjustments and alleviations from current rates of the Pension Related Deduction (PRD) provided for in the Public Service Stability Agreement 2018-2020;
o Remaining Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (FEMPI) pay unwinding post 2020, where applicable;
o Supply constraints, for example, of newly qualified graduates of relevant post-leaving cert /3rd level programmes;
o Work environment/organisational issues;
o Career structures;
o Learning and development provision;
o Communications/engagement;
o Other relevant HR practice or organisational issues; and
o Any other factor considered relevant by the Commission.

3. Develop appropriate methodological and analytical criteria to ensure a robust evidence-based approach to this exercise;

4. Have regard to arrangements and best practice in other jurisdictions and, where appropriate, the domestic private sector in Ireland in relation to such issues, particularly in respect of those areas where a global labour market exists as well as the responses being adopted in other jurisdictions where similar recruitment and retention problems pertain;

5. Commission such external expertise as the Commission deems necessary to inform its deliberations in the context of the methodologies developed;

6. Provide the parties to the Public Service stability Agreement 2018 – 2020 with the opportunity to make submissions to the Commission;

7. Generate a range of costed options for resolving the specific issues identified having full regard to the fiscal constraints and requirements on Government to manage the Exchequer pay bill in a sustainable way over the medium and long-term;

8. Produce a final report to the Minister by end-2018 and/or at such interim stages as the Commission may decide.