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Wednesday 20 August 2014

One in five execs wouldn't serve on State Boards

Sarah Stack

Published 03/03/2014 | 02:30

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Ruth Curran
Director of IIC Partners
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Ruth Curran Director of IIC Partners 18SR5CURRAN.jpg

A FIFTH of senior executives would not be willing to serve on a State Board, a survey found.

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Just 80pc would be happy to put themselves forward for the position, with the remainder fearing negative publicity or being unlikely to be successful without political affiliations.

Another six out of 10 high-level workers have also never considered applying for a job in the public sector.

The survey of 472 senior executives at managing director, company director or head of function level was carried out for MERC Partners.

Ruth Curran, managing partner at the executive resourcing firm, said State Boards needed people of quality, expertise and experience.

"The Government's initiative in inviting expressions of interest has had a significant impact in some departments but little in others," she said.

"It is clear from our survey that there is a willing reservoir of untapped senior executive talent out there.

"I would suggest the Government make a greater effort to attract expressions of interest – a more proactive and engaged approach rather than passive advertising might yield a better result."

Ms Curran said the study reveals increasing optimism on career prospects tinged with realism, and a high level of interest in moving employment.

Over half believe career prospects improved in 2013, while a third feel they have stayed the same and 16pc felt they have worsened.

Elsewhere, a quarter had applied for a position in the public sector in the past three years, 15pc considered applying but did not, and 5pc did not even consider applying.

Reasons cited included a perceived different ethos to the private sector, concerns over remuneration, and a poor perception of the public sector as an employer.

Irish Independent

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