The recently-published second annual report of the Croke Park national implementation body identified a total of €891 million in annualised payroll and non-pay savings delivered in the second year of the four-year agreement. This is in addition to savings of €597 million achieved in the first year, giving a total of €1.49 billion over two years.
A copy of the report can be found here: http://implementationbody.gov.ie/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Second-Progress-Report.pdf
The report shows that the Agreement is ahead of Government and troika targets on public sector staffing and payroll savings. It also gives examples of reforms delivered, including significant changes to working practices, some of which – like reduced dependence on overtime and other premium payments – are themselves cost-reducing.
Public Service numbers have fallen by 17,300 in the first two years of the agreement with a further reduction of 9,500 staff targeted between now and the end of 2015.
In its report, the implementation body said the annual public service pay bill was expected to fall by €3.3 billion, after allowing for increased pension costs, between 2009 and 2015. It said the Croke Park agreement continued to be “an effective enabler for the implementation of critical reform and change across the public service,” which has “succeeded in delivering significant exchequer pay bill savings and non-pay administrative efficiency savings.” However, it warned that the sustainability of the Croke Park agreement “will be measured against its ability to accelerate the pace of change across the public service and its potential for extracting further pay and non-pay administrative efficiency savings.”
Assistant General Secretary