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Working up the list


I refer to the letter from Ian Prior (NCE 9/16 August), concerning recruitment in Ireland. Having worked in Ireland for several years, I note that Irish local authorities do not recruit for specific posts.

A panel of pre-qualified candidates is formed through interviews and used by the personnel department when a vacancy occurs for staff of a particular grade. The interview panel will have placed candidates in merit order, and the vacancy will be offered to the highest available candidate.

Should the first available candidate refuse the post, it is then offered to the next in line.

Panels are normally valid for 12 months, although this is sometimes extended. Given the turnover of staff in Ireland at the moment, I have known panels of 12 to be completely used up in six months.

Prior should not despair, he may yet find that his £450 was not wasted!

RP Wilson (F), Comhairle Chontae Chorcai, Cork County Council, Co Cork, Ireland

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