Wednesday 21 February 2018

Revenue is recruiting to cover 'crucial skill gaps' of departed staff

Emmet Oliver, Deputy Business Editor

The Revenue Commissioners is planning to recruit people to plug "crucial skills gaps'' in its large cases division and other areas following the dramatic departure of staff over recent years.

The organisation, led by chairwoman Josephine Feehily, said its reduction in staff over recent years had led to a "loss of experience and corporate memory", which was presenting major challenges.

The organisation -- in its own review of its progress on public sector reform -- said it had recruited people in open competitions in 2010, and this would be needed again at principal officer, assistant principal and economist level.

"Further open recruitment will be needed each year,'' said the organisation.

"Revenue will continue the process of conducting its own open recruitment competition to address crucial skills gaps and strengthen our capabilities in key strategic areas,'' the organisation added.


The key skills gaps are in large cases divisions and audit/investigation, two key sections of the organisation.

The large cases division deals with large corporate customers and high net worth individuals. It also has the chief investigatory staff within the organisation.

As a division it has a large number of staff who have specific skills and knowledge about individual industries.

The organisation is also seeking to redeploy staff, particularly to the area of online transactions, which forms an increasing part of its work.

It also plans to clamp down this year on the so-called "shadow economy'', with an emphasis on cash transactions.

Another area being surveyed by the Revenue Commissioners is companies, which are employing individuals who claim to be self-employed, but in reality should be on PAYE.

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