Who we recruit for?

The Public Appointments Service through its website, publicjobs.ie, is the centralised provider of recruitment services for the Civil Service. We also provide recruitment services for the most senior roles in Local Authorities, leadership positions and Hospital Consultant roles for the HSE, An Garda Síochána, and a range of specialist professional and technical roles throughout the Public Sector. We also support the appointments, by Minsters, to State Boards through our website at Stateboards.ie.

The Public Service is central to economic and social life in Ireland and as recruiters we aim to have a Public Service that is reflective of the communities of Ireland, ensuring a dynamic workforce that is efficient, innovative, diverse and inclusive.



Operations Infographic

(Public Service in Numbers Infographic from Our Public Service)

More than 300,000 public servants work across a range of government departments, agencies and local authorities to implement policies and services for the Irish people. This includes working in areas of Agriculture, Defence, Education, Environment, Finance, Foreign Affairs, Health, Housing, Justice, Tourism and Transport.

Working within the Public Service offers you the unique opportunity to deliver crucial services to the Irish public and to assist with the vital services that influence and shape Irish society.

For more information on Government Departments, State Agencies and Local Authorities, please click on this Government of Ireland link.

Discover Economist
& Policy Analyst Graduate Opportunities


About the Role

The Irish Government Economic and Evaluation Service (IGEES) are hiring graduates capable of demonstrating the tools and techniques of economic and policy analysis. These skillsets will be used to help inform policy development and decision making around optimising the use of scarce Government resources throughout Ireland.

IGEES roles exist across a number of Government Departments and are typically involved in a variety of responsibilities including:

  • Contributing to national policy development
  • Using data, quantitative and qualitative tools and techniques to conduct policy analysis and evaluation
  • Contributing to appraisals and evaluations of significant areas of expenditure in line with the Public Spending Code
  • Economic modelling and forecasting
  • Contributing to briefing and advising senior officials and Ministers;
  • Providing technical advice and guidance to ensure effective regulation.
Salary:  €33,053

Annual Leave:   25 Days

Opening Date:   02/10/2020

Closing Date:   22/10/2020

Learning and Development

Continuous learning and development is key to the development of IGEES staff to maintain and enhance analytical, economic, and evaluation skills. Induction training is provided, as well as attendance at advanced training modules and master classes.

IGEES Graduate Policy Analysts and Economists also participate in a one year graduate programme, which covers the core competencies required for working effectively in the Civil Service

The IGEES Experience


Rinku Phulphagar
Policy Analyst and Economist

I joined the Department of Public Expenditure & Reform in June 2019 after completing a Masters in Applied Economics at UCD. I’ve already worked on spending review papers covering Higher Education grants, the labour market and public transport.

It’s a heavily analytical role but I also enjoy engagement with senior stakeholders and writing reports that inform policy. It’s interesting, rewarding, stimulating and supportive.

I work on multiple projects at once, with a huge number of colleagues all whilst building my skills on the job and through courses. I’ve taken part in the Civil Service Development Programme and the Public Expenditure Management Course – my skills and my network keep growing.



Colm Farrell
Economic Evaluator and Policy Analyst

I joined the Department Of Public Expenditure and Reform in March 2018 after a degree and postgrad study at UCD.

I am involved in monitoring analysis, policy and expenditure. I’ve co-authored two spending reviews on social housing and social impact assessments. I also provide analysis and advice to the Minister and senior management at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.

This can cover anything from housing and planning to local government finances, Ervia and Irish Water.

I work with a huge range of skills and personalities from an array of different government departments. I’m involved in the big ticket items like budgets but also the nitty gritty detail. My understanding of the housing challenges facing the State is growing every day. My analysis is informing debates about the future of society, that’s quite an impact.

Essential Requirements

Applicants are encouraged to check the Eligibility section of the Candidate Information Booklet prior to applying for this role.

Applicants must also have achieved:

  • A primary honours degree at minimum 2.1 (at least Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications) in a discipline with a strong data analysis component such as Economics, Social Science/Policy Analysis or Statistics on or before the 31st December, 2020
OR
  • A Masters degree level qualification (minimum Level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications) in a discipline with a strong data analysis component such as Economics, Social Science, Policy Analysis, or Statistics by 2nd September 2021 at the latest.
AND
  • Demonstrate the competencies for the role set out in the person specification set out in the Candidate Information Booklet.

Application and Recruitment Process

Prior to application, please ensure to check that you are eligible to apply for our Graduate Opportunities Campaign. You can do this by reading the eligibility section in full within the Information Booklet

The application and recruitment process will follow the below listed steps. Depending on the number of applications received, the selection process may comprise of a number of other elements also.

Applications will not be accepted after the closing date. For full details please refer to the Candidate Information Booklet

Step One

Register on publicjobs.ie – please ensure to use your personal email address so we can contact you throughout all stages of the recruitment process.

Step Two

Click "Apply Now" for the Graduate Policy Analyst & Economist

Step Three

Complete the application forms (Standard and Detailed), before closing date 3pm on Thursday 22nd October, 2020.

Step Four

View your completed application in the ‘My Applications’ tab on your publicjobs.ie profile.

Step Five

Acknowledgment Receipt – You should receive an acknowledgement within 2 working days from when you submitted your application.

Step Six

Stage 1 - Shortlisting (early November)

Step Seven

Stage 2 - Analysis Presentation Exercise - Online (Late November/Early December)

Step Eight

Stage 3 - Invitation to Interview (Zoom) and completion (Mid to Late January)

Information Booklet

For more in-depth information about the role, please read the Information Booklet prior to applying for this role.



Frequently Asked Questions

Discover Health Policy Analyst
Graduate Opportunities


About the Role

As a graduate interested in the health stream at Administrative Officer level, you will undertake policy analysis to contribute to the development of evidence-based health and social care policy and legislation. You may also provide support to senior management on these policies and liaise with stakeholders across the Department and Health agencies. On occasion, you may be responsible for managing a small team of staff.

To be eligible for this role, you must have a first or second class primary honours degree in a health or social care related discipline. This must be regulated by the Medical Council, Dental Council, Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland, Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland, CORU or in a health, social care or healthcare management field. You must also be able to demonstrate the competencies set out for this role.

Salary:  €33,053

Annual Leave:   25 Days

Grade:   Administrative Officer

Location:   Dublin

Opening Date:   02/10/2020

Closing Date:   08/10/2020

The Health Policy Analyst Experience


Liam Hawkes
Health Policy Analyst - Administrative Officer

After studying Psychology at Trinity, I joined the Policy, Strategy and Integration Unit to help develop and maintain policy standards. I have also worked on specialised policy such as Sexual Assault Treatment Units, the Women’s Health Task Force and more recently on the COVID-19 response.

To have the opportunity to work on such important topics at an early stage in my career is both a challenge and a privilege. I feel connected to the everyday experiences of people all over Ireland.

Through the Graduate Development Programme, I have learned about a range of topics including parliamentary affairs, legislative drafting and policy development. I’ve also availed of personal development through Project Management and Speechwriting courses as well as formal qualifications; I’m now studying for a Part-Time Masters.

Application and Recruitment Process

Prior to application, please ensure to check that you are eligible to apply for our Graduate Opportunities Campaign. You can do this by reading the eligibility section of the Information Booklet, and by reading the FAQ section below.

To apply for this campaign you will need to complete an Online Standard Application form. You will then be asked to complete an Online Detailed Application Form. Depending on the number of applications received, the selection process may comprise of a number of other elements, but the process will consist of:

Step One

Register on publicjobs.ie – please ensure to use your personal email address so we can contact you throughout all stages of the recruitment process.

Step Two

Click "Apply Now" for Graduate Opportunities in the Civil Service (Health Policy Analyst)

Step Three

Complete the application form (Web Form) before closing date 3pm on Thursday 8th October, 2020. Please ensure your candidate name, ID, and stream selection is correct before you submit.

Step Four

View your completed application in the ‘My Applications’ tab on your publicjobs.ie profile.

step 5

Step Five

Acknowledgment Receipt – You should receive an acknowledgement within 2 working days from when you submitted your application.

Step Six

Stage 1 - Invitation to Online Assessment and completion of Assessment (Late October)

Step Seven

Stage 2 - Invitation to Video Interview & completion of Video Interview (Mid November)

Step Eight

Stage 3 - Invitation to Assessment Centre (Zoom) and completion (Early December)

Information Booklet

For more in-depth information about the role, please read the Information Booklet prior to applying for this role.



Frequently Asked Questions

Discover HR
Graduate Opportunities


About the Role

As a Human Resources graduate, you will support HR teams throughout a range of government departments in achieving key organisational objectives through the successful implementation of local HR strategies.

This may include transforming and modernising HR in an organisation and across the Civil Service. In this role, your work may focus on the strategic and operational activity in the areas of talent management, workforce planning, recruitment, mobility, employee and industrial relations, performance management, change management, employee engagement and learning and development.

To be eligible for this role, you will have a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management or a first or second class primary honours degree in Human Resource Management and meet the competencies set out in the Information Booklet below.

Salary:  €33,053

Annual Leave:   25 Days

Location:   Dublin

Opening Date:   02/10/2020

Closing Date:   08/10/2020

The HR Experience


Caroline Kielty
HR Business Partner
Public Appointments Service

I work in the HR unit in the Public Appointments Service as a HR Business Partner. My role is to engage with the different units within the organisation, identifying any needs in terms of resourcing and training, along with offering advice and support. I am also involved in the wellness programme for the organisation which ensures employees are fully supported, mentally and physically.

There are other aspects to the job too, like collating data to help compile resourcing reports so my day to day workload is quite varied and sometimes challenging. For me, being of support to my colleagues is probably the aspect I love most. I would highly recommend the AO role, it’s both challenging and rewarding and the job satisfaction is second to none.


Application and Recruitment Process

Prior to application, please ensure to check that you are eligible to apply for our HR Graduate Opportunities by reading the eligibility section of the Information Booklet.

To apply for this campaign you will need to complete an Online Standard Application form. You will then be asked to complete an Online Detailed Application Form. Depending on the number of applications received, the selection process may comprise of a number of other elements, but the process will consist of:

Step One

Register on publicjobs.ie – please ensure to use your personal email address so we can contact you throughout all stages of the recruitment process.

step 2

Step Two

Click "Apply Now" for Graduate Opportunities in the Civil Service (HR)

Step Three

Complete the application form (Web Form) before closing date 3pm on Thursday 8th October, 2020. Please ensure your candidate name, ID, and stream selection is correct before you submit.

Step Four

View your completed application in the ‘My Applications’ tab on your publicjobs.ie profile.

Step Five

Acknowledgment Receipt – You should receive an acknowledgement within 2 working days from when you submitted your application.

Step Six

Stage One - Invitation to Online Assessment and completion of Assessment (Late October).

Step Seven

Stage 2 - Invitation to Video Interview & completion of Video Interview (Mid November).

Step Eight

Stage 3 - Invitation to Assessment Centre (Zoom) and completion (Early December)

Information Booklet

For more in-depth information about the role, please read the Information Booklet prior to applying for this role.



Frequently Asked Questions

Discover Graduate Opportunities
for All Discplines


About the Role

All degree disciplines are welcome to apply for the General graduate stream where opportunities are likely to arise across a number of Government Departments and Offices in the Civil Service. As part of this role you can expect to play a crucial role in policy and strategy formulation across the spectrum of economic, financial, international, environmental and social issues.

Successful applications will have the opportunity to effect real change in the Civil Service and help to shape a changing Ireland. Roles may also arise to support functions such as Facilities Management and Corporate Affairs.

Salary:  €33,053

Annual Leave:   25 Days

Grade:   Administrative Officer

Location:   Dublin

Opening Date:   02/10/2020

Closing Date:   08/10/2020

The Graduate Experience

  • Mary Caffrey
    An Roinn Cumarsáide, Gníomhaithe ar son na hAeráide agus Comhshaoil

  • Aaron O'Suillivan
    An Roinn Dlí agus Cirt agus Comhionannais

  • David Caffrey
    An Roinn Airgeadais




    Catherine Egan
    Administrative Officer
    The Strategic Transformation Office, An Garda Síochána

    Before I joined An Garda Síochána, I gained a degree and two Masters studying in Dublin, Manchester and Birmingham. My role is fascinating. I translate high level recommendations into tangible principles to ensure effective policing and compliance with human rights. I also produce reports for police oversight bodies, analyse legal frameworks and prepare briefing papers all whilst promoting best practice throughout the organisation. It’s non-stop but I love it.

    I make a difference in my job, which is really rewarding, but I also get to build my own skills. I’m now leading research programmes to build evidence of our methods; working across other government departments and statutory bodies, learning more about human rights and disability.

    I’m working deep inside the inner workings of Irish democracy. I couldn’t ask for a better place to learn about equality and human rights, and to actually deliver real change on the ground.

    Application and Recruitment Process

    Prior to application, please ensure to check that you are eligible to apply for our Graduate Opportunities Campaign. You can do this by reading the eligibility section in full within the Information Booklet.

    The application and recruitment process will follow the below listed steps. Depending on the number of applications received, the selection process may comprise of a number of other elements also.

    Step One

    Register on publicjobs.ie – please ensure to use your personal email address so we can contact you throughout all stages of the recruitment process.

    Step Two

    Click "Apply Now" for Graduate Opportunities in the Civil Service (General)

    Step Three

    Complete the application form (Web Form) before closing date 3pm on Thursday 8th October, 2020. Please ensure your candidate name, ID, and stream selection is correct before you submit.

    Step Four

    View your completed application in the ‘My Applications’ tab on your publicjobs.ie profile.

    Step Five

    Acknowledgment Receipt – You should receive an acknowledgement within 2 working days from when you submitted your application.

    Step Six

    Stage 1 - Invitation to Online Assessment and completion of Assessment (Late October).

    Step Seven

    Stage 2 - Invitation to Video Interview & completion of Video Interview (Mid November).

    Step Eight

    Stage 3 - Invitation to Assessment Centre (Zoom) and completion (Early December)

    Information Booklet

    For more in-depth information about the role, please read the Information Booklet prior to applying for this role.




    Frequently Asked Questions

    Discover Business and Finance
    Graduate Opportunities


    About the Role

    As a Business and Finance Graduate, you will provide policy advice to support the Government’s social and economic policy objectives. You may be responsible for drafting financial legislation, briefing senior management and ministers on financial policy, monitoring and reporting on financial performance and advising on national and international financial developments.

    To be eligible for this role, you must have a first or second class primary honours degree having taken Business, Economics, Accounting or another financial discipline as a major subject in your final exam. You are also eligible to apply if you are a qualified Accountant and a member of a recognised body of accountants who can demonstrate the competencies for this role.

    Salary:  €33,053

    Annual Leave:   25 Days

    Location:   Dublin

    Opening Date:   02/10/2020

    Closing Date:   08/10/2020

    The Business and Finance Experience


    Video of Business and Finance Experience

    David Caffrey
    Department of Finance



    Application and Recruitment Process

    Prior to application, please ensure to check that you are eligible to apply for our Graduate Opportunities Campaign. You can do this by reading the eligibility section of the Information Booklet, and by reading the FAQ section below.

    To apply for this campaign you will need to complete an Online Standard Application form. You will then be asked to complete an Online Detailed Application Form. Depending on the number of applications received, the selection process may comprise of a number of other elements, but the process will consist of:

    Step One

    Register on publicjobs.ie – please ensure to use your personal email address so we can contact you throughout all stages of the recruitment process.

    Step Two

    Click "Apply now" for Graduate Opportunities in the Civil Service.

    Step Three

    Complete the application form (Web Form) before closing date 3pm on Thursday 8th October, 2020. Please ensure your candidate name, ID, and stream selection is correct before you submit.

    Step Four

    View your completed application in the ‘My Applications’ tab on your publicjobs.ie profile.

    Step Five

    Acknowledgment Receipt – You should receive an acknowledgement within 2 working days from when you submitted your application.

    Step Six

    Stage One - Invitation to Online Assessment and completion of Assessment (Late October).

    Step Seven

    Stage 2 - Invitation to Video Interview & completion of Video Interview (Mid November).

    Step Eight

    Stage 3 - Invitation to Assessment Centre (Zoom) and completion (Early December)

    Information Booklet

    For more in-depth information about the role, please read the Information Booklet prior to applying for this role.




    Frequently Asked Questions