Minister McGrath publishes Civil Service Blended Working Policy Framework

Published on: 31 March 2022

The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Michael McGrath, TD today, (Thursday), published the Civil Service Blended Working Policy Framework.

Today’s publication of the policy framework facilitates remote working on a blended basis across the Civil Service. It provides direction to individual organisations in the Civil Service to develop tailored policies on ‘blended working’ that are appropriate to their business needs it is also consistent with the Civil Service being an employer of choice.

This move to blended working also supports commitments in Our Rural Future, the Climate Action Plan and the National Planning Framework. 

On the publication of the framework, Minister McGrath said:

“I welcome the publication of the Blended Working Policy Framework which marks the beginning of a new model of working in the Civil Service. The flexibility which blended working affords to both employees and their employers will be essential to the continued delivery of high quality services to Government, the public, and to business.

“Having considered the lessons learnt from remote working during the pandemic, there have been many benefits, challenges and opportunities identified.The Civil Service must strive for an optimal balance, where employees who work remotely, do so on a blended basis in order to allow for face-to-face interaction and collaboration with colleagues. 

“I want to take this opportunity to also acknowledge the collaboration that has taken place, throughout the development of the Framework, between senior management in civil and public service and employee representative bodies”.