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Factsheet for measure IE-2021-29/2025 – measures in Ireland
|Country||Ireland , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 13 July 2021|
|Type||Other initiatives or policies|
Protection of workers, adaptation of workplace
– Teleworking arrangements, remote working
|Author||Roisin Farelly (IRN Publishing) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||07 October 2021 (updated 15 November 2021)|
In July 2021, a policy statement on blended working in the Civil Service was launched.
This follows an extended period during the Covid-19 pandemic when the civil service, in common with many other sectors, has, in the main, been working in a fully remote environment.
According to the Government, subject to changes to public health advice, some degree of remote working will continue to be a feature for the Civil Service for the remainder of 2021.
The policy statement will assist organisations in the civil service in the development of tailored policies that are appropriate to them and their employees. Long-term blended working policies and implementation plans will be rolled out from September 2021 to March 2022.
Key objectives of the policy include:
Common principles on blended working include:
Not yet available.
Sector specific set of companies
||Does not apply to citizens|
No special funding required
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
The Civil Service Management Board produced the Policy Statement. Management will then engage with trade unions on implementing the blended working policy across different sections of the civil service.
Fórsa, Ireland’s largest public service union welcomed the publication of the ‘Blended Working Policy Statement’. Fórsa general secretary Kevin Callinan said his union was ready to engage immediately with civil service management to reach agreement on the details. But he warned that the initiative should be capable of rapid roll-out across the entire public service, rather than being confined to Government departments and agencies.
The SIPTU union also welcomed the publication of the ‘Blended Working Policy Statement’ but added that ‘blended working’ arrangements should be made available, where possible, to workers throughout the public service and state sector.
This case is sector-specific (only public sector)
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|O - Public Administration And Defence; Compulsory Social Security||O84 Public administration and defence; compulsory social security|
This case is occupation-specific
|Occupation (ISCO level 2)|
|Business and administration associate professionals|
|Other clerical support workers|
|Chief executives, senior officials and legislators|
|Administrative and commercial managers|
|Business and administration professionals|
Eurofound (2021), New policy on 'blended working' in the civil service published, measure IE-2021-29/2025 (measures in Ireland), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/IE-2021-29_2025.html
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