What is a recruitment licence?

A recruitment licence is a permit allowing you, as a public body, to carry out your own external recruitment.

If an appointment must be made under the Public Service Management (Recruitment and Appointment) Act 2004, the selection process must be carried out by an approved licence holder.

You can apply to us for a licence. This will be granted either generally, in relation to all positions within your organisation, or specifically, in relation to one or more positions.

You must show you have:

  • Resources to carry out fair and merit-based recruitment on the scale that is needed
  • Staff with knowledge and expertise to carry out fair, merit-based appointments
  • A good understanding of the Codes of Practice and how to uphold them

Licences are issued with terms and conditions. A licence may be terminated if you do not adhere to these terms and conditions.

When is a licence required?

The Public Appointments Service will often carry out a recruitment process on your behalf. In such cases you do not need to apply for a licence. You only need a licence if you want to carry out your own external recruitment process.

Who holds a recruitment licence?

  • Adoption Authority of Ireland
  • An Garda Síochána
  • Central Statistics Office
  • Chief State Solicitor’s Office
  • Child and Family Agency - Tusla
  • Courts Service of Ireland
  • Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
  • Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation 
  • Department of Children and Youth Affairs
  • Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
  • Department of Education and Skills
  • Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection
  • Department of Finance
  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Department of Health
  • Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government
  • Department of Justice and Equality
  • Department of Public Expenditure and Reform
  • Department of Rural and Community Development
  • Department of the Taoiseach
  • Department of Transport
  • Financial Services and Pensions Ombudsman
  • Health Information and Quality Authority
  • Health Service Executive
  • Irish Human Rights Commission
  • Irish Prison Service
  • Law Reform Commission
  • Legal Aid Board
  • National Council for Special Education
  • National Shared Services Office
  • Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland
  • Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General
  • Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions
  • Office of the Houses of the Oireachtas
  • Office of the Ombudsman
  • Office of the Ombudsman for Children
  • Office of the Planning Regulator
  • Office of the Revenue Commissioners
  • Policing Authority
  • Property Registration Authority
  • Public Appointments Service
  • State Examinations Commission
  • Tax Appeals Commission
  • The State Laboratory
  • The Valuation Office
Apply for a recruitment licence