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Private companies are 'donating' workers to department free of charge

SOME private companies are 'donating' their workers for free to the Department of Finance to try and solve its skills shortage. Around 40 experts are being drafted in to work in the department with a number going on secondment from their private employer. Some employers have agreed to continue to pay salaries while they work for the Government.

KPMG have supplied a banking accountant; legal firm McCann Fitzgerald has supplied a solicitor and AIB and Bank of Ireland have supplied four banking experts for free.

The department is also currently recruiting graduates with skills in economics, finance, banking, tax policy and human resources through the Public Appointments Service.

Around 3,200 people applied for the positions before last February's deadline. The department has not yet decided how many to recruit.

Some will be given full-time jobs, while others will be brought in on six-month contracts with various Government departments to work on Ireland's EU presidency next year.

The new recruits will be brought into the civil service at the relatively high grade level of administrative officer with starting salaries of €29,922, a 41-hour working week and annual leave of 23 days per year.

Irish Independent