In 2012, a research paper in the IPA’s State of the Public Service series (O’Riordan, 2012) explored workforce planning in the Irish Public Service. This paper was written half-way through the Troika (European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund) bailout of the Irish economy. Delivering on the terms of the bailout required significant cuts in public service expenditure and consequently in staff numbers. Workforce planning was seen as a tool to support government departments in maintaining services with an average reduction in the workforce of 10 per cent (Boyle, 2018).
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