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Why work at ESB?

We offer a balance of great opportunities, reward, and personal and professional development.

Why work at ESB?

We offer a balance of great opportunities, reward, and personal and professional development.

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How We Recruit...
What are the main entry requirements and recruitment procedures?.

The required qualifications and experience for vacancies are stated in the relevant job advertisements.


Where to go for current vacancies?

Current vacancies within ESB can be viewed HERE.



Working With Us...
What are the main occupation types employed?

From time to time there are a variety of jobs/roles available in ESB. The principal activities in which staff tend to be required are:

  • Technical
  • Engineering
  • ICT
  • Finance and Accounting
  • Legal
  • Marketing


What types of work contract are offered?

Full-time, part-time and contract jobs are available in ESB.


What are the key attractions?

Working at ESB can put you in touch with a wide and exciting range of activities in many different locations.

We employ and develop the best and provide a working environment second to none. We are continuing to develop and build on the many best practice people management and quality employment initiatives.

Our staff enjoy opportunity, reward, personal and professional development, flexibility and equality in working practices and comprehensive staff support programmes. Professional development both at postgraduate level and in seeking senior membership of professional bodies is encouraged.


What locations do you operate from?

ESB headquarters is based in Fitzwilliam St., Dublin 2 and operates from many different locations both in Ireland and internationally. 


What are the current employment trends?

ESB seeks to attract the best across all disciplines. The main careers opportunities are in engineering, finance/ accounting and ICT.


Describe any particular characteristics of your workforce?

ESB is a vertically integrated utility and includes a number of business units. ESB Group employs approximately 8,000 people.

It is the leading Irish company in the energy utility sector. ESB provides structured graduate development programmes across the range of disciplines.

For engineering graduates, this involves a variety of job assignments and offers engineering opportunities in technical, specialist and management fields.

ESB Group will also need to recruit a small number of high-calibre finance and business graduates.


Who We Recruit...
Career opportunities for school leavers.

One of the main opportunities for school leavers is the ESB apprenticeship programme. Apprenticeships are normally for mechanical and electrical apprentices within ESB Networks.

The Apprenticeship Programme is run on an annual basis. The apprenticeships are usually advertised in February/March each year.

Candidates that meet set eligibility criteria complete aptitude tests. Shortlisted candidates are called to interview in June/July with successful candidates starting in September each year.

Video: ESB Apprenticeship Programme


Career opportunities for college graduates.

Working with ESB, you will be part of a winning team in a culture that thrives on teamwork and innovation. Our Graduate Programme is a structured 3-year programme which will help you to develop professionally and personally and further your career.

The development programme will include a combination of:

  • Challenging work assignments
  • Off-the-job training that will further your professional and personal development
  • Mentoring

We have a diverse range of graduate opportunities in the following areas:

  • Engineering (Mechanical, Electrical, and Civil) -  As an Engineering Graduate you will have the opportunity to work on a variety of exciting projects, both in Ireland and overseas, while pursuing your professional accreditation.
  • IT – Join our team of almost 500 IT professionals operating one of the most technologically advanced IT and telecommunications systems in Ireland. We have one of the largest IT spends in Ireland and support over 450 applications.
  • HR – Build your HR expertise by working in a number of different specialist areas across our dynamic HR function, which provides a full range of HR services to our 7,000 employees.
  • Marketing - As part of Electric Ireland’s award winning Marketing team, you will gain valuable experience in marketing communications, sponsorship and digital marketing working on an iconic brand in a fast moving and competitive environment.
  • Energy Trading – Start your career in the exciting and dynamic world of energy trading, gaining experience in trading gas, electricity, coal and interconnector capacity from our fast-paced in-house trading room.

No matter what part of our business you work in, you will continue to grow, while working alongside the brightest and the best!

How to apply

1. Visit our career page at: 
2. Fill in the application form and attach your CV
3. Complete the online assessments
4. Selected candidates invited for interview in November 2017
5. Competency based interview and a case study
6. Successful candidates will start in September 2018

For more information on our Graduate Programme, including application details, click here


Career opportunities for experienced talent.

ESB is always interested in hearing from experienced individuals who can contribute to the on going success and development of the organisation across many different disciplines such as engineering, finance/ accounting, ICT and the Customer Contact Centre.


Career opportunities for adults wishing to return to work.

Opportunities for people returning to work and older adults are posted on our Careers webpage.


Opportunities for those wishing to gain work experience.

ESB offers opportunities for those wishing to gain work experience as follows:

Undergraduate Placements

Undergraduate placements are available for participating third level colleges. Placement Students are usually in the 3rd year of their degree programme and are required to undertake a work placement (for a duration of 6-12 months) as part of their college course. Placements are coordinated through the Placement Officer in the Colleges. Candidates must route their applications through their Placement Officer directly.

Traineeship Programme for People with Disabilities

ESB run a Traineeship Programme for People with Disabilities annually (subject to business needs). Approved positions are advertised online with the Association for Higher Education, Access & Disability in April/May each year. Applications are by CV through these organisations. Shortlisted applicants are called to interview in July/August, with successful candidates commencing in September. Placements are for 9 months.


Meet our People...
"No matter what area you are interested in ESB will provide you with the technical training you need as well as support you from start to finish."
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"One of the really great parts of working with ESB is that you get to see designs from concept right up to operation."
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"My average day involves a lot of communication with other departments such as finance, legal and other engineering areas."
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Wenjing Huang
"ESB is a very diverse company to work for,  I got to work on different dams and wind farms nationwide and I also use drones for 3D mapping."
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Electricity Supply Board (ESB) was established in 1927 as a statutory corporation in the Republic of Ireland under the Electricity (Supply) Act 1927. With a holding of 95%, ESB is majority owned by the Irish Government. The remaining 5% is held by an Employee Share Ownership Trust.

Video: New ESB Networks Apprenticeship 2018 

ESB Generation & Wholesale Markets (G&WM) has a generation portfolio that includes 4.3GW of generation in the Single Electricity Market (SEM) and 0.4GW in Great Britain. ESB G&WM owns and operates generating stations in the Republic of Ireland and UK. 

At present ESB currently operates seven thermal stations and ten hydro stations in the Republic of Ireland using peat, coal, oil and gas fuel types as well as hydro technology. Throughout its history, ESB G&WM has been at the leading edge of power generation technology.

ESB G&WM will be seeking to ensure that it remains at the forefront of electricity generation in Ireland, renewing its portfolio of plant and addressing its position within the all-Ireland market. In order to support the power generation business, high-level engineering expertise is always needed. ESB G&WM has a structured graduate engineer development programme in place for graduate engineer recruits involving a variety of job assignments, structured off-the-job training modules and a mentoring support programme. In addition, opportunities exist for engineers with a number of years experience.

The main engineering roles involve:

  • the operation and maintenance of power stations
  • specialist engineering services
  • project engineering
  • energy management and trading

ESB Networks is the owner of the high voltage transmission system and the owner and operator of the medium and lower voltage distribution system. It provides services to all electricity customers and all generators and suppliers of electricity in the Republic of Ireland including: 

  • connection to the network
  • reading meters and passing these readings to the different supply companies
  • restoring supply in cases of interruptions and emergencies

ESB Networks offers employment in a variety of roles located at main ESB Networks branch centres and at Head Office in Dublin. 

The engineering opportunities are in technical, specialist and management fields. ESB Networks has a structured graduate engineer development programme in place for graduate engineer recruits involving a variety of job assignments. 

ESB International (ESBI) is an international energy company and one of Europe's leading engineering and consultancy organisations. ESBI is responsible for the non-regulated businesses in ESB and operates across a wide area of the energy industry. 

ESBI also provides engineering design, construction management and strategic consultancy services to clients in Ireland and to the power sector worldwide. 

ESBI builds, owns and operates power stations, as well as providing a full range of engineering and consultancy services to clients in the power sector worldwide. With over 1,000 staff, ESBI's expertise covers all aspects of energy projects, from concept to development to operation and maintenance. To date, ESBI has carried out projects in over 115 countries. ESBI has a proven track record in investing and running major power projects and is a trusted partner in the industry. 

ESBI has a structured graduate engineer development programme. 

Electric Ireland 
Electric Ireland, launched in 2011 is the new brand for ESB supply and energy services activities. Electric Ireland’s strategic objective is the foremost supplier of energy and related services in the Irish market offering competitive and sustainable energy solutions. The key priority is to maintain the highest standards of customer service while helping our customers to get the most value from our service. 

There are a variety of roles in Electric Ireland spanning disciplines such as marketing, sales, customer service and trading. 

Business Service Centre Business Service Centre is responsible for a number of unregulated activities and internal services for the various business lines within the ESB Group.

As a strong, diversified, vertically integrated utility, ESB operates right across the electricity market: from generation, through transmission and distribution to supply. In addition, we extract further value at certain points along this chain: supplying gas, using our networks to carry fibre for telecommunications, developing public charging infrastructure and more.

With a regulatory asset base (RAB) of approximately €8.3 billion, 43% of electricity generation capacity in the all-island market and supplier of electricity to approximately 1.5 million customers throughout the island of Ireland, we are a leading Irish utility focused on maintaining our financial strength. As at 31 December 2012, the Group employed approximately 8,000 people.

ESB's mission is to bring sustainable and competitive energy solutions to all customers. ESB's vision is to be Ireland’s foremost energy company competing successfully in the all islands market.