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Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be atrracted to the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design activities, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.

Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.

Working in the HSE

Working in the HSE

What are the main occupation types employed?

There are a broad range of occupations in the Health Sector.  When thinking of the Health Sector one might assume that it is mainly Doctors and Nurses, however there are a vast number of careers within the sector.  The types of careers are categorised as follows:

  • Medical: positions in the medical area include Medical Consultants, Non-Consultant Hospital Doctors, Public Health Doctors and Medical Officers.
  • Nursing: within the nursing sector positions may arise for Clinical Nurse Managers, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Staff Nurses, Theatre Nurses, Emergency Nurses, Public Health Nurses and Midwives.
  • Dental : Dental positions include Dental Surgeons and Orthodontists.
  • Allied Health and Social Care Professionals:  Included in this category are all therapies e.g. Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech & Language Therapy, Radiography, Psychology, Social Workers, Emergency Medical Technicians and Audiology.
  • Management/Administration/ICT:  There is a broad range of careers in this category from, Finance to General Administration, Human Resources, Health Promotion, Corporate Affairs and ICT.
  • General Support Staff: the roles in the general support area include: Attendants, Drivers, General Operatives, Nurses Aides, Homehelps and Supplies Officers.
  • Technical and Maintenance: these include Draughtsmen/Technicians, Electricians, Engineer/Engineering Officers, Maintenance Craftsmen/Technicians, Mechanics, Plasterers, Plumbers and Technical Services Officers.
  • Catering and Housekeeping: opportunities include Catering Officers, Chefs, Cooks, Dining Room Staff, Housekeeping Staff, Porters and Laundry Staff.

What types of work contract are offered?

The HSE offers both permanent and temporary employment opportunities. 

To check for available vacancies within the HSE click here.

What are the key attractions?

As an employer, our aim is to attract and retain good people. This means taking care of our employees. Working in a rewarding and challenging career is just one of the many benefits you'll enjoy as a HSE employee. Here are some of the other benefits on offer:

Competitive salary and increments

There are too many careers within the health sector to outline what the salary scale for each one is, however the Health Service pay scales can be found on the the HSE Website. Please click here to view.

Pension Scheme - click here

Travel and Subsistence click here

Time Off - Leave and family friendly working arrangements click here

Training and Development Opportunities click here
Health Services Staff Credit Union click here

Cycle to Work Scheme click here

Mediation Service click here

What locations do you operate from?

The HSE delivers Services nationwide.  For more information click here

What are the current employment trends?

There are skills shortages in certain areas such as Consultants, Nurses in theatre and ICU and GPs.

A detailed analysis of demand and supply for various health professions was conducted by the Skills and Labour Market Research Unit, which provides details of possible skill shortages based on an analysis of demand and domestic supply for a variety of health care professions. To view the report, please click here.

All vacancies in the HSE are advertised on the HSE website.  To view vacancies, please click here.

Describe any particular characteristics of your workforce?

The HSE is committed to having the right number of people, with the right skills, in the right place, and at the right time.

We are committed to impementing our Health Services People Strategy, which recognises that engaging, developing, valuing and retaining our workforce, enables them to deliver the best possible care and services to our patients and clients.

We recognise that well managed and engaged employees’ leads to better healthcare outcomes for patients. This Strategy will allow us to maximise the potential of all of our staff through the provision of an engaging work environment. By creating a culture of innovation and support our people can use their talents and abilities to lead change and bring about quality improvements at all levels.