Jobs freeze imposed on public service

Ireland“Necessary frontline health staff and teachers can be appointed this year despite the Government’s decision to freeze all appointments elsewhere in the public service, Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan has announced. A ban on permanent and temporary recruitment – and all promotions and regrading – will be enforced until the end of 2010 in the Civil Service, local authorities, semi-state companies, the Garda and the Defence Forces, the Department of Finance confirmed. But it rejected charges that the move was an embargo. ‘An embargo would imply that no filling of vacancies whatsoever could take place. The Minister will have the authority to allow for the filling of some vacancies in very exceptional circumstances.’ Staff can be redeployed from departments and other State bodies to where they are needed …” (more)

[Mark Hennessy, Irish Times, 28 March]

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