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Joining the CSO team could be the best career move you’ll ever make. Why?

1. Our work is extremely important - we collect and collate the facts that are used by businesses, governments and the EU to make more informed decisions.

2. The CSO is a highly respected statistical body internationally.

3. You will be joining a strong team of successful professionals and you would undoubtedly enjoy your time working with them.

The CSO has a wide range of Civil Service posts – including general service grades, professional, technical and field staff. CSO recruitment campaigns are widely organised and all recruitment competitions are organised in compliance with the CPSA’s code of practice.

The CSO will advertise any vacancies with the Public Appointments Service (PAS).

We regularly look for recruits to the following key staffing grades:


Are you interested in turning data into information and information into insight which helps decision makers understand and tackle some of the key challenges facing society today ?

We have the largest team of professional statisticians and analysts in the country and we are always looking for dynamic and talented individuals to join us. The work itself is fascinating and offers a variety of roles, including requirements analysis and design, analysis and reporting, continuous performance monitoring and quality control plans.

Most positions include operational and human resource responsibilities as well as liaising with other departments and international organisations. Sometimes, our statisticians and analysts may be assigned for a specific period to carry out statistical work in other Government departments or agencies.

Field Staff

Did you know that CSO interviewers conduct surveys in 3,000 households every single week?

We work all through the year, talking to people and gathering information from households throughout our nation.

Through these surveys we can get a really accurate picture of the economic and social situation of the citizens of Ireland in a way and with a level of detail that no one else can gain.

With the help and cooperation of people living under every possible circumstance in every corner of Ireland we can record the true facts about our society. We recruit full-time and part-time staff, on both permanent and temporary bases working throughout the country on household surveys such as the Labour Force Survey (LFS) and the Survey on Income & Living Conditions (SILC). 

Working with the CSO

Working with the CSO is quite different to anywhere else and there is an excellent team spirit and sense of mutual trust and camaraderie here.

As an organisation, the CSO has been careful to nurture a culture of promoting the continuous personal and professional development of every team member. This means that we will help you and your career to grow through in-house coaching/mentoring for new staff, in-house courses to continuously up-skill you and we support and sponsor staff who are pursuing recognised professional qualifications. You can receive paid study leave and exam leave as we actively encourage staff to undertake further education to develop your career in the CSO.

The CSO also has a flexible attendance scheme and we promote a culture of staff engagement, innovation and wellbeing. We don’t just pay lip service to that either: in 2016 the CSO was named Ireland’s Best Large Employer at the inaugural National Workplace Wellbeing awards.

Recruitment Policy

Recruitment to the Central Statistics Office (CSO) is governed by the Public Service Management (Recruitment and Appointments) Act 2004 which established the Commission for Public Service Appointments (CSPA) and the Public Appointments Service (PAS). It empowers Government Departments and other public service bodies to recruit staff directly under licence, as well as through the centralised recruitment system provided by PAS.

Appointment processes for recruitment to all positions within the remit of the Act are subject to Codes of Practice published by the Commission. These Codes set out the regulatory framework for such appointment processes and centre on six recruitment principles. These are:

  • Probity
  • Merit
  • Best Practice
  • Fairness
  • Transparency
  • Appointments promoting equality, diversity and inclusion

The PAS acts as the centralised recruitment, assessment and selection body for the Civil Service of which the CSO is a part. All open recruitment competitions run by the PAS are advertised in the public domain. The PAS also conduct confined competitions on behalf of Civil Service Departments and Offices. Candidates for assignment to General Service roles from open and confined recruitment are provided for the CSO by the PAS.

There is also provision whereby a Government Department or Office may, under licence from the CPSA and in compliance with the Commission’s Codes of Practices, conduct its own recruitment and selection process. The CSO has its own recruitment licence. The CSO conducts competitions under this licence where required.  

The CSO also adheres to employment legislation in all its recruitment practices and is an equal opportunity employer. We positively support candidates with disability and provide reasonable accommodation in both recruitment and promotion processes. The CSO is committed to providing reasonable accommodation for staff with disability and we have a dedicated disability liaison officer in place to assist and support staff with disability.

This policy will be reviewed in line with any changes in the CPSA Code of Practices and employment legislation.

Current Opportunities

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