Saturday 25 May 2019

Customs posts to be filled before UK leaves

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Anne-Marie Walsh

A total of 170 budding customs officials will be recruited before the Brexit deadline next March - but they have no guarantee of a job.

The Government is setting up panels to fill vacancies ahead of the UK's departure from the EU - with a further 400 to 500 staff to be recruited by the end of 2020.

Jobs could be offered ahead of the deadline, from January next year.

If appointed, the customs officers will start on €442 a week, or €23,107 a year, plus a shift premium worth up to 25pc of pay.

Their wages will gradually rise in increments to €36,835, while two long-service increments would eventually bring the salary to €38,724.

The competition to fill the posts for customs work in Dublin, Wexford and Cork was advertised by the Public Appointments Service with a closing date last month.

A Revenue spokesperson said the selection process will take place before the end of the year, and panels will be formed that will remain in place for up to two years.

However, after this the panels will expire and no further appointments will be made.

He said appointments will be on a probationary contract for a year, but the fact there might be a hard Brexit or not, will not determine whether job offers are made.

Irish Independent

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