This is where your taxes go, to keeping the roads maintained, laws enforced and all the other functions of government that keep society functioning. Politicians create laws and represent the people, the civil and public services then carries out government policy. The European Union operates on a similar basis across Europe. This is a complex sector, which includes independent bodies such as regulators who ensure that products, occupations or the government itself is acting properly and to the correct standard.
There were 101,700 persons employed in Public Administration and Defence in Q4 of 2017, 4.6% of national employment. Employment grew 18% growth over the five-year period between quarter 4 2012 and quarter 4 2017, an increase of 15,500 persons employed.
No shortages have been identified for Government administration occupations.
Careers in the Public and Civil Service are varied, they are characterised by clearly defined career paths with opportunities for progression and upskilling. Positions available include clerical officers, executive officers, management staff as well as technical and specialist roles.
Local Government in Ireland is made up of the local authorities and councils throughout Ireland. These are responsible for delivering many of the essential services that we depend on every day.
As Politician's Offices are often small workplaces, you will need to undertake a variety or roles, acting as an advisor, a personal assistant, a researcher or a speechwriter as necessary.
The EU Institutions need staff with the same range of skills and specialties as any government, but with the added demand for staff with language skills.
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