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About this Sector

About this Sector

Please give an overview of your sector?

The Public Service is at the heart of economic and social life in Ireland, and the services delivered by and within the Public Service directly influence people’s lives.

Made up of 16 different Government departments and many other offices and agencies including the Local Authorities, the Irish Health Service Executive and An Garda Síochána, the crucial overall function of the Public Service is to serve and assist the Irish Public. Among many other things, this involves working alongside the Government, helping in the drafting of new legislation, and ensuring timely and efficient implementation of policies and services.

The services delivered by and within the Irish Public Service today directly influence the ways in which the country is experienced and regulated, and has a great impact on the ways in which Ireland is perceived both at home and globally. As a result, whether implementing policies, delivering crucial services or facilitating the regulation of vital resources, the Public Service requires an extremely varied and dynamic workforce of people with a range of expertise, interests and talents.

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The Public Service involves itself with everyday life issues, changes and innovations constantly, resulting in developments and continuous advancements that improve the lives of the Irish people and ensure that the best possible service is delivered. Working within the Public Service, therefore, offers the unique opportunity to assist in the provision of vital services that influence and shape Irish society today.

To do this work, we need to be continuously adding new talent to our team in the form of committed, ambitious individuals with an interest in developing policy and improving services delivered to the Public in Ireland.

If this sounds like something that would interest you, then be sure to check out our website at www.publicjobs.ie and read on about Public Service opportunities.

What is the size and scope of the sector?

The Public Service deals with the most diverse workload of any organisation in Ireland. There are currently around 289,600 Public Service Employees, with Civil Servants making up approximately 36,100 of these numbers working in 17 Government Departments and other agencies. The Local Authorities then employ around 28,600 people while the Health Sector is comprised of about 97,800 workers. The other numbers represent employees working in areas such as Defence, Education and Non-Commercial State Agencies (Source: Reform Plan available here).

The following chart provides a good overview of the different sectors, sub sectors, relationships and positioning in relation to Government:

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What are the current issues affecting this sector?

The Public Service is undergoing sustained and efficiency-centered reform, as outlined and examined in the Reform Plan available here.

This plan stresses that there will be a real and measurable change in the way the Public Service designs and delivers services to achieve the best possible outcomes for our people, for our economy and for our society, and outlines the steps required currently and over the coming years to achieve these outcomes.

As a result of this ongoing focus on Public Service reform and renewal, there are opportunities for school leavers at Clerical and Executive Officer level as well as for graduates at Administrative Officer level.

What changes are anticipated over the next 5 years

The Public Service must continue to modernise if it is to continue to meet the expectations and requirements of our increasingly sophisticated, complex and diverse society. As a result, there will be continuous efforts made over the coming years to sustain and develop this reform and our people will be at the forefront of these developments.

Further information in relation to the Public Service Reform Plan is available here

Do you have any statistics relevant to the sector?

The Public Service deals with the most diverse workload of any organisation in Ireland with

  • 289,600 Public Service employees
  • Civil Servants make- up approximately 36,100 of these numbers
  • Local Authorities make up around 28,600
  • The Health Sector currently employs around 97,800 
  • Defence, Education and Non-Commercial State Agencies 

For more information and Public Service statistics see the Reform Plan here and the databank here.

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Are there any areas in your sector currently experiencing skills shortages?

We are currently recruiting at various levels and in various areas.

Please check out www.publicjobs.ie and www.gradpublicjobs.ie for our current vacancies.

You may also register a profile on our site and set up job alerts on your profile to be notified of vacancies as they arise.