The Agreement is enabling the public service to “do more with less”. Demand for certain public services has increased over the course of the current crisis, particularly in the health and social welfare areas. This increased demand is being met by fewer public servants, as staff numbers are reduced, providing evidence of increasing productivity across the public service. Some examples include:

  • student numbers in the higher education sector are up by 14.9% since the end of the 08/09 academic year while staff numbers reduced by 7.3% during the same period.
  • There are 500,000 more medical card holders now than in 2007 administered by the health sector.
  • Defence Forces operations that are required to be delivered by Government, including international commitments in terms of overseas deployments on peace support operations, have been maintained despite a 10% reduction in personnel in the first two years of the Agreement.
  • The average number of prisoners in custody in the Prison Service is up 23% since 2008 while staff numbers are down 8%.
  • Garda operational services have been maintained while the numbers of Gardaí have reduced by 7.7% in the first two years of the Agreement, supported by the introduction of new roster arrangements.
  • The number of recipients of primary weekly welfare payments from the Department of Social Protection has increased by 240,000 or 20% from 1.21m to 1.45m.