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Every state needs to protect its citizens. In Ireland, national security, intelligence and law enforcement is the responsibility of the Irish police force - An Garda Síochána. There is also a large private security sector, providing protection for homes, businesses and large public events or bouncers for pubs.

Skills

    communication, initiative, adaptability, managing resources, time management, prioritising work, leadership, teamwork, critical thinking, decision making, enforcing laws and regulations, negotiation, people management, problem solving, developing relationships,

Key Facts

9,500
targeted manpower for the Defence Forces
600
new gardaí to be recuited in 2019
33,415
number of security personal registered with the Private Security Authority
1,560
number of companies providing security services registered with the Private Security Authority

Labour Market Information

Approximately 58,800 persons (75% male) were employed in the Security, Defence & Law Enforcement sector, representing 2.7% of the national workforce.

Between 2012 and 2017, overall employment increased by 2,700 (1.0%) on average annually (compared to 3.1% nationally). The strongest rate of employment growth was observed for security guards (4.5%) during the period.

Excluding security guards, there was very little employment growth in these occupations over the five years examined and there was no evidence in the analysis of difficulties sourcing candidates.




Advice from Experts...

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Keith Lynch, Private (Line)

There is a great team feeling in the Defense Forces and this is seen best in the sports activities that we engage in regularly

College Course Videos...

 
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