Thursday 23 November 2017

Public staff told to get private experience

Fionnan Sheahan Political Editor

The Government wants public sector workers to go off to work in the private sector and then bring back their experience.

The Coalition is also planning to exchange staff between the private sector and public sector to fill gaps in expertise.

The plan is to boost the level of expertise in the public sector in areas like accountancy, law, economics, banking and finance.

The Department of Public Spending is rolling out a plan for mobility between the public and private sectors.

The department's secretary general Robert Watt said yesterday the plans were agreed recently by the Government.

A new career break scheme will allow public sector workers to take up paid jobs in the country for three years, after which the leave will be reviewed.

Until now, public sector workers were allowed to go on leave but could not take up regular PAYE jobs.

A scheme to allow one-year exchanges of staff between the civil service and the private sector is also going to be boosted and reviewed after two years.

Those who go on the exchange will still be paid by their original employers and will be guaranteed to come back to their old positions.

Irish Independent

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