Public Accounts Committee chairman Seán Fleming
At the beginning of the weekly Public Accounts Committee meeting.
Chairman Seán Fleming referred to figures that the PAC received from the National Transport Authority – after they were “shocked” to discover last week that the “majority of the staff” in the NTA are outsourced contracts.
Mr Fleming said: “We never met a State organisation before where the majority of the day-to-day staff are not direct employees.”
He said the 10-year-old organisation has 118 direct employees and 148 people sourced through agencies.
Mr Fleming explained that, after learning that last week, they sought a breakdown from the NTA in regards to pay and other matters.
He said the cost of employing the 118 direct employees is €8.7million and that of the 148 outsourced workers is €21.6million.
Mr Fleming further said this works out at an average of €73,728 per employee and €139,189 per outsourced worker.
Meanwhile, Social Democrats TD Catherine Murphy asked that the committee write to the NTA to find out, among other matters, where the money from advertising on bus shelters goes.
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