For Written Answer on : 05/04/2022
Question Number(s): 585 Question Reference(s): 18167/22
Department: Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science
Asked by: David Stanton T.D.
To ask the Minister for Further and Higher Education; Research; Innovation and Science the current policy with respect to remote working options for staff in his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
Phased return to a physical attendance in the workplace commenced for staff of my department following the easing of Government restrictions on 21 January and staff are currently attending the office for two days per week and working remotely for the remaining days.
Following the publication last week of the Blended Working Policy Framework for the Civil Service by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Michael McGrath, TD, my department is developing its own blended working policy based on the overarching framework, tailored for our department’s requirements.
We anticipate that the policy be completed by the end of quarter 2 of this year. This policy will ensure that staff members will have increased certainty and flexibility, where possible, around their working arrangements while ensuring that the business needs are met.