Recently released data on 2011-2016 Irish Government financial metrics shows that despite all the reports concerning the adverse impact of austerity on Irish Government employees, there is hardly any evidence of such an effect at the pay level data.
Specifically, in 2011, total compensation bill for the Irish Government employees stood at EUR 19.389 billion. This 5.39% between 2011 and the lowest point in the cycle (2014 at EUR18.344 billion), before rising once again by 2016 to EUR 19.354 billion. Total savings achieved during 2012-2016 period compared to 2011 levels of expenditure amounted to EUR2.759 billion on the aggregate, or 2.85% (annualized rate of savings averaged less than 0.57% per annum.
Statistically, there simply is no evidence of any material savings delivered by the 'austerity' measures relating to Government compensation bills.
But, statistically, there is a clear evidence of Irish public sector employment poor performance. Oxford University's 2017 International Civil Service Effectiveness Index, http://www.bsg.ox.ac.uk/international-civil-service-effectiveness-index, ranked Ireland's Civil Service effectiveness below average when compared across 31 countries covered in the report.
Spider chart below shows clearly two 'outlier' areas of competencies and KPIs in which Irish Civil Service excels: Tax Administration and Human Resource Management. Rest of the metrics: mediocre, to poor, to outright awful.
- 16th out of 31 countries in terms of Civil Service Integrity and Policy Making
- 26th in terms of Openness (bottom 10)
- 20th in terms of Capabilities, and Fiscal and Financial Management
- 13th in terms of Inclusiveness
- 22nd in terms of Attributes (bottom 10)
- 28th in terms of Regulation (bottom 5)
- 8th in terms of Crisis Risk Management
- 1st in terms of Human Resource Management (aka, working conditions and practices)
- 4th in terms of Tax Administration
- 31st in terms of Social Security Administration (dead last)
- 21st in Digital Services and in terms of Functions (bottom 10)
So while managing to score at the top of the league of countries surveyed in terms of pay, perks, hiring and promotion, Irish Civil Service ranked within bottom 10 countries in terms of areas of key performance indicators, relevant to actual service delivery, with exception of one: Tax Collection. May be we shall call it Pay, perks & Tax Collection Service?
But, hey, know the meme: it's all because of severe austerity-driven underfunding... right?..