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Financial Procedures

The financial and accounting rules and procedures in the CSO accord with relevant legislation and with the circulars and guidelines issued by the Department of Finance (see its FOI Model Publication Scheme). Information is also available in the Public Financial Procedures publication.

Payment Procedure

Internal procedures have been put in place in order to comply with the Prompt Payment of Accounts Act, 1997 as amended by the European Communities (Late Payment in Commercial Transactions) (S.I. No. 580 of 2012)Prompt Payments Reports are posted on the CSO website.

Engaging Consultants

The CSO operates under an administrative budget agreement and adheres to the provisions of that agreement in relation to delegated sanction to engaging consultants.  All consultancy projects are put out to an appropriate competitive procedure and comply with European procurement law.

Financial statements

Annual individual Appropriation Accounts for the Central Statistics Office

Purchase Orders

Details of Purchase Orders valued over €20,000 made by the CSO are available here.

Employment of Permanent Staff

Recruitment

The permanent office staff in the CSO are civil servants recruited through open public competitions held by the Public Appointments Service (PAS). These competitions are advertised (see www.publicjobs.ie).

Appointments to the CSO from competitions for general service grades (e.g. Clerical Officer, Executive Officer) are, as vacancies arise, made from panels of successful applicants maintained by PAS over a period of time. 

Special open public competitions are held for the appointment to the Statistician grade in the CSO.  Details of competitions are available from PAS.

Household Survey Collection Unit (HSCU) Field Staff

The CSO employs full-time permanent Field Co-ordinators and permanent part-time HSCU Interviewers on the Quarterly National Household Survey and EU-SILC survey.  These staff are recruited under licence issued by the Commission for Public Service Appointments (CPSA). 

Appointments to the grade of HSCU Co-ordinator and Interviewer are, as vacancies arise, made from panels of successful applicants maintained by the CSO.

Conditions of Service

The conditions of service of permanent staff in the CSO are detailed in the Civil Service Circulars website maintained by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform or, in the case of HSCU field staff, are set out in the contract of employment.  The CSO, as an employer, is committed to a policy of equal opportunity.

Flexible Working Hours

The CSO operates a Flexible Working Hours Scheme agreed by management and staff.

Refund of Fees Scheme

The CSO operates a refund of fees scheme in respect of relevant courses attended by staff members pursued in their own time.

Employment of Temporary Field Staff

Recruitment of Temporary Clerical Officers

The CSO recruits Temporary Clerical Officers under licence issued by the Commission for Public Service Appointments (CPSA) or through PAS.  These competitions are advertised on the website www.publicjobs.ie.

Temporary Clerical Officers are employed under a fixed term contract.  The contract complies with the provisions of The Protection of Employees (Fixed-Term Work) Act 2003.  Temporary Clerical Officers are appointed to unestablished positions. 

Appointments of Temporary Clerical Officers are, as vacancies arise, made from panels of successful applicants maintained by the CSO or PAS as appropriate.

Fieldwork

The CSO employs full-time and part-time staff on a temporary basis for fieldwork throughout the country relating to some of its statistical inquiries.  In some instances this involves the direct collection of statistics (e.g. Census of Population, Quarterly National Household Survey, Household Budget Survey). 

Temporary field staff are appointed to unestablished positions.  These staff are recruited under licence issued by the CPSA.  The salary and conditions of service relating to the different categories of field posts are agreed by the Department of Finance.  Copies are available from CSO Human Resources Section.  Application forms are normally available directly from the CSO or PAS.  Successful applicants are selected, following shortlisting and competitive interview, in accordance with the job requirements set out in the recruitment documentation available to all applicants.  The CSO implements best human resource practices and observes the requirements of relevant Civil Service regulations and employment law in the management of field staff.  Examples of temporary field staff positions in the CSO are outlined below.

Ongoing Field Staff Operations

Household Survey Collection Unit (HSCU) Temporary Field Staff

The CSO employs temporary part-time Interviewers on the Quarterly National Household Survey and EU-SILC survey. 

Tourism Enumerators

The CSO employs temporary part-time Enumerators at airports and seaports.  The Enumerators conduct sample surveys of persons entering and leaving the country.  The results are used to provide estimates for overseas tourism and travel.  These part-time Enumerators are recruited as necessary, directly by the CSO (see http://www.cso.ie/en/aboutus/careers/).

Price Collectors

A national team of Price Collectors collects prices from retail and service outlets in a sample of towns and cities throughout the country.  The data collected is used in the compilation of the Consumer Price Index.  Recruitment of replacement Pricers is carried out directly by the CSO (see http://www.cso.ie/en/aboutus/careers/).

Occasional Field Staff Operations

Census of Population

The CSO recruits its largest temporary field force for the five-yearly Census of Population.  The field force structure encompasses Census Liaison Officers, Regional Supervisors, Field Supervisors and Enumerators required to deliver and collect the Census forms from every household in the State during an 8-10 week period. 

All of the temporary field staff are recruited through open competition organised by the CSO.  The positions are advertised nationally, locally and on the CSO website (http://www.cso.ie/en/aboutus/careers/).

HBS Survey

The CSO employs a temporary field force for the HBS (Household Budget Survey) to collect household expenditure and income details from a national sample of households.

PIAAC Survey

The CSO employs a temporary field force for the PIAAC Survey (Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies) to collect data on what activities adults do in their daily lives, such as reading, finding information, and using computers and technology, and to learn about their education and work experience.

HFCS Survey

The CSO employs a temporary field force for the HFCS Survey (Household Financial and Consumption Survey) to collect data on Irish households’ assets and liabilities.