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, 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.
The HSE offers both permanent and temporary employment opportunities.
The Government introduced a moratorium on Recruitment and Promotions in the Public Service with effect from the 27th March 2009.
There is a general moratorium on recruitment, promotion and acting appointments to all management and administrative grades and all other grades in the health sector with the exception of the following specified grades; Medical Consultants, Speech and Language Therapists, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Clinical Psychologists, Behavioural Therapists, Counsellors (Mental Health and Disability Services), Social Workers, and Emergency Medical Technicians. It is Government policy, in the case of Medical Consultants, to move to a consultant delivered service, and in the case of the other grades to increase their numbers in order to meet the requirements of integrated care delivery and address community and primary care needs particularly in respect of children at risk, the elderly and those with disabilities
The Minister for Finance has the authority to allow for the filling of some vacancies in very exceptional circumstances.
To check for available vacancies within the HSE click here.
There is currently a moratorium within the HSE on recuitment, however, there are skills shortages in certain areas such as Consultants, Nurses in theatre and ICU and GP's.
In 2009, following a detailed analysis of demand and supply for various health professions the Skills and Labour Market Research Unit, FÁS produced a report . This report 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.