The Irish government has lifted the suspension on public service recruitment to encourage graduates to stay in the country, with at least 250 such positions to be filled in the next two years.
These include 50 graduates in the civil service, 15 specialist economists in the Irish Government Economic and Evaluation Service and 200 more in the wider public service.
Some of these positions have already begun the recruitment process and details are available on www.publicjobs.ie, with closing dates coming next week.
Fine Gael TDS for Dublin Fingal Alan Farrell is urging graduates to consider a career in the public service.
“Public sector reform remains at the heart of this Government’s agenda and will focus on ensuring efficiency and improving outcomes for those who use public services. Public service staff numbers have been reduced by 10 per cent since 2008,” he said.
“It is encouraging that public sector recruitment has begun by targeting graduates and young people and giving them opportunities to contribute to the future of the country, while providing them with stable employment.”
He added that in addition to these graduate opportunities, that 300 Clerical Officer roles are to be filled over the next two years for positions in the Civin Service and Public Service.
Mr Farrell praised the government’s budget announcement last week which prioritised the recruitment of frontline staff, with 1,700 teachers and 200 Garda recruits starting their training in the coming months.
“It is vital that future public service recruitment is carried out on the basis of need and I welcome the fact that we have begun this process by targeting graduates and frontline staff.
“The public service is a commendable career choice and we are now once again giving that choice to our graduates and young people to allow them to stay at home and make their contribution to the country.”