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The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.

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€27k - €49k
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In Summary - Civil Service - Executive Officer

Oversees and manages the work in a section of a Government Department.

Career Sectors

Civil Service - Executive Officers typically work in the following Career Sectors:

Civil & Public Service
Government, Politics & EU

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Roseann Gilligan, Executive Officer

Roseann Gilligan is Executive Officer in the Department of Education and Skills. She holds a bachelor of International Commerce with German from NUI Galway. After returning from travelling she applied to an ad for an open competition for the position. Roseann thouroughly enjoys working within the civil service. 

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The Work - Civil Service - Executive Officer

Executive Officers are engaged in critical analysis of proposals and reports and in examining the more complex non routine cases on which decisions are required.  
Executive Officers are involved in a wide range of roles and activities including: researching and drafting proposals relating to policy issues and legislation; acting as junior managers in Government Departments, being responsible for managing operations and, after some experience, large numbers of people and other resources; dealing directly with the public in support of services provided to them by the Civil Service.

Interests - Civil Service - Executive Officer

This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:


Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and are drawn to commerce, trade and making deals. Some pursue sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or in management roles in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.


Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their most productive under supervisors who give clear guidelines and while performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.


The Social person's interests focus on interacting with the people in their environment. In all cases, the Social person enjoys the personal contact with other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.


In recruiting Executive Officers, the Public Appointments Service are conscious of the fact that many of the most senior positions in the service may, in time, be filled by people recruited at this level. For this reason, they are looking for people who show the potential to take on high level responsibilities in the management of public services and the analysis of policy issues.

What are the competencies the public service is looking for in an Executive officer? View the Executive Officer Competency Model Here

Entry Requirements - Civil Service - Executive Officer

Recruitment of Executive Officers takes place through the Public Appointments Service - publicjobs.ie. 

The recruitment and promotion moratorium that has been place since 2009 in the public service, local authorities, non-commercial state bodies, the Garda Síochána and the Permanent Defence Forces was lifted in a targeted way under Budget 2015. 

The recruitment of 550 Public Service roles was announced in late 2014, and campaigns for Clerical Officer and Executive Officer positions have taken place to date.

The key entry level grades for graduates in the Civil Service include the Executive Officer, the Administrative Officer and the Third Secretary in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and other professional roles such as Statistician, Economist and many more.

Last Updated: January, 2015

Pay & Salary - Civil Service - Executive Officer

Salary Range (thousands per year)* €27k - €49k

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Last Updated: April, 2015

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.

Labour Market Updates - Civil Service - Executive Officer

No shortages have been identified for this occupation.

National Skills Bulletin 2018

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