Dáil Éireann - Volume 412 - 14 November, 1991

Written Answers. - Job-Sharing and Career-Break Scheme.

23. Mr. Garland asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce if he will outline, within the area of responsibility of his Department and covering each year from the commencement of the job-sharing and career break scheme (a) the total number of applications received and (b) the total granted and not granted; if he will give a breakdown of the grades involved under each heading and the reasons some applications were turned down; if his Department have plans to extend the job-sharing scheme from working halved hours to a system which [1726] facilitates the worker's requirements; and if not, the reason therefor.

Minister for Industry and Commerce (Mr. O'Malley): The details requested by the Deputy regarding applications for career breaks and job sharing, are set out in a tabular statement.

Refusal of applications to participate in either scheme arose because the applications failed to satisfy the conditions governing the scheme, at the time when applications were made.

The question of extending the job-sharing scheme from working halved hours to a different system is a matter for the Department of Finance. That Department lay down, from time to time, the conditions governing both the career-break and job-sharing schemes.

Following is the statement:

Career-Break Scheme Applications.

Year

Grade

Received

Granted

Refused

1984

Higher Executive Officer

1

1

Executive Officer

6

6

Clerical Officer

1

1

Clerical Assistant

4

4

Patents Examiner

1

1

Economist

1

1

1985

Principal Officer

1

1

Assistant Principal

1

1

Higher Executive Officer

1

1

Administrative Officer

1

1

Executive Officer

5

5

Staff Officer

1

1

Clerical Officer

4

4

Clerical Assistant

16

15

1

Messenger

1

1

1986

Principal Officer

1

1

Higher Executive Officer

3

3

Executive Officer

3

3

Clerical Officer

3

3

Clerical Officer

10

9

1

1987

Higher Executive Officer

3

3

Executive Officer

6

6

Clerical Officer

4

4

Clerical Assistant

12

12

Patents Examiner

1

1

1988

Higher Executive Officer

1

1

Executive Officer

4

4

Clerical Officer

3

3

Clerical Assistant

15

15

Quantity Control Inspector

2

2

[1727]1989

Principal Officer

1

1

Assistant Principal

1

1

Higher Executive Officer

1

1

Executive Officer

5

3

2

Staff Officer

1

1

Clerical Officer

2

2

Clerical Assistant

11

8

3

1990

Executive Officer

2

1

1

Staff Officer

1

1

Clerical Assistant

8

8

1991

Assistant Principal

1

1

Executive Officer

1

1

Clerical Officer

2

2

Clerical Assistant

4

4

Job-Sharing Scheme

Year

Grade

Received

Granted

Refused/Not Granted

1984

1985

Executive Officer

2

2

1986

Executive Officer

2

2

Staff Officer

2

2

Clerical Officer

2

2

Clerical Assistant

4

4

1987

Clerical Assistant

4

4

1988

Clerical Officer

3

3

1989

Executive Officer

1

1

Clerical Assistant

2

2

1990

Executive Officer

2

2

Clerical Officer

2

2

Clerical Assistant

4

4

Paperkeeper

2

2

1991

Clerical Assistant

2

2