Eirgrid, the semi-state company in charge of electricity transmission across the country, is to spend up to €4.5m over the next five years on a new payroll service for contract staff.
A tender posted by the company stated that the business occasionally requires the assistance of temporary contractors to support permanent and contract staff in various areas of the organisation, in both the Republic of Ireland and in Northern Ireland.
It said that Eirgrid "is not in a position to payroll these individuals themselves and therefore needs the support of a temporary contractor payroll support services provider to provide payroll services to these individuals, on an all island basis".
The initial contract period is for three years with an option to extend it by two additional two-month periods depending on the performance of the supplier. The estimated spend on the contract is €3.5m-€4.5m.
A spokeswoman for Eirgrid said that the company "supplements its core staff with short term contracts to meet some of the changing and temporary needs of the business in Ireland and in Northern Ireland".
She added: "The contract duration is expected to cover a five-year period and would cost in the region of €700,000 to €900,000 per annum. The short term contracts cover a range of roles varying from interns, summer placements, administration, IT and specialist project requirements."