The Civil Service has two basic tasks
There are currently 15 Government Departments. Each department is staffed by civil servants.
The Civil Service offers people the opportunity to work in a wide variety of roles, across a number of Departments. There are also opportunities to work nationwide as many Government offices are based throughout the country. In some cases there may be opportunities to work abroad.
There are a diverse range of jobs available at different levels in the Civil Service. Clerical staff carry out routine work on files, answer phone or email queries from the public and generally assist Middle and Senior Managers. Management grades deal with more difficult casework and are responsible for implementing schemes. A number of graduates are often recruited at Administrative Officer level to formulate and amend policy. There are also professionals recruited to a wide range of specialisms. Senior managers manage and deliver results, giving leadership and direction to the organisation. They need to be able to work effectively with a diverse range of people including Ministers, other civil servants, people from the wider public service and the private and voluntary sectors.
All roles in the Civil Service are suited to individuals who want to contribute to the general good and are committed to a sense of service to the public. Overall to join the Civil Service, you will need to be conscientious and resilient, demonstrate good communication, analytical and decision-making skills. Differing skill sets will be required for different positions.
We suggest that you try the sample tests available on this site. The results will provide useful feedback. This will help you reflect on the skills and attributes needed for the various positions and how you might match them or at least how you might improve your skills in your area of interest.
There are three streams in the Civil Service
The entry qualifications for junior management level, e.g. Executive Officer requires minimum level 5 (NQAI Framework). Graduate entry level requires minimum level 7/8 (NQAI Framework) (Administrative Officer/Junior Diplomat). Entry at higher levels, including the top management grades, both administrative and specialist, will be dependent on the level of work experience of the candidate and his/her educational qualifications.
All grades may be recruited by competition open to all (with the exception of Staff Officer) and by advancement through internal promotion (with the exception of posts at Secretary General and Assistant Secretary levels).
For information on civil service salary scales, go to the website of the Department of Finance: www.finance.gov.ie
Note: This information is intended as a guide only and is not intended to be a legal instrument.
There is currently a moratorium on recruitment to the Public Service, including the Civil Service.
There is a wide range of professional and technical positions in the Civil Service, the wider Public Service and Local Authorities.
Professional and Technical Positions in the Civil Service include
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