The Civil Service serves the State and the people of Ireland by carrying out the work of Government and delivering public services efficiently and effectively. There are approximately 40,000 civil servants working in a range of government departments and offices.
The central role of the Civil Service means it is uniquely placed to support the other sectors of the Public Service to achieve their objectives, progress reform and deliver quality outcomes. The Civil Service is committed to ensuring that it has the capacity and capability to support the social and economic development of the country.
In October 2014, Ireland's first ever Civil Service Renewal Plan
was launched. It identifies actions to take in four key areas, which will strengthen capacity, capability, accountability and leadership throughout the Civil Service.
managing the civil service as a single organisation
maximising the performance of all civil service employees and organisations
changing the culture, structure and processes within the civil service for increased flexibility and responsiveness
continuing to learn and improve by being open to external ideas
The Renewal Plan was the culmination of over 12 months work by an independent panel on strengthening civil service accountability and performance, as well as a taskforce of civil servants from all departments.
Contributions were also obtained from the general public, 2,000 staff members, Ministers and members of both Houses of the Oireachtas, heads of departments and offices, international parties, and expert bodies.
Periodic reports on the progress of the 2014 Renewal Plan can be found here.
A new Renewal Plan is expected to be launched in 2019.
The Civil Service Employee Engagement Survey (CSEES) will take place in September 2020 from Monday 14th to Friday 25th. The CSEES is a key action of the Civil Service Renewal Plan and has previously taken place in September 2015 and 2017.
The CSEES is designed to let you have your say in relation to your job, your manager and the leadership of your organisation. The purpose of the CSEES is to measure and evaluate employee engagement, well-being, coping with change and commitment to the organisation.
The spirit of the survey is about employee engagement and making the working lives of civil servants better. While these are unprecedented times, it is critical to obtain your feedback and to feed into the future strategic direction of the Civil Service and the next phase of Civil Service Renewal.
This year additional questions have been added to the survey to give you the opportunity to provide feedback on how the unprecedented challenges which we are now facing have impacted on your working life.
The CSEES 2020 will be available for a period of two weeks from 14 to 29 of September 2020. Access to the survey will be provided via an online generic link which will be made available to all civil servants.
The Civil Service Management Board (CSMB), which includes all Heads of Government Departments and major Offices, has tasked the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER) and the Central Statistics Office (CSO) with administering the survey and processing the results.