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HSE Recruitment Freeze: Update for Nurses

A recent announcement by the Health Service Executive (HSE) has stated the current recruitment freeze was to be extended to all categories of staff. Initially enforced for managerial and administrative roles, this freeze has now been updated to include all areas, with only a few exceptions for consultant doctors in training, graduate nurses, and midwives.

The Impact of the Recruitment Freeze

The decision to extend the freeze comes as the HSE on course to exceed its funded workforce target. With over 200 staff members employed beyond the planned and budgeted count, the freeze was deemed necessary last month by the Department of Health, to ensure that no further contracts are entered into in 2023.

“There are to be no further offers made or obligations entered into, in respect of any posts excluding consultant appointments and graduate nurses and midwives and doctors in formal approved training programmes. [...] This move is necessary only because we know now that by year end we will have reached our 2023 ambitions for recruitment.“ – Bernard Gloster, HSE Chief Executive 

Brendan Gloster

Brendan Gloster, chief executive of the HSE

Challenges and Concerns

In a statement, INMO (Irish Nurses and Midwives Association) executives said the announcement of the recruitment freeze extension came “without documentation and without consultation with the union”. Additionally, requests calling for meetings with the HSE were declined. The absence of communication and consultation with the union has raised issues of transparency and collaboration in this critical decision-making process.

“This recruitment freeze represents a serious error on the part of the employer, and the impact on the provision of care is going to be disastrous.”  –  Phil Ní Sheaghdha, INMO General Secretary

Impact on Nurses and Healthcare Workers in Ireland

For nurses in the midst of job applications and interviews within the HSE, the freeze poses a temporary hurdle. However, it's reassuring to note that those affected will have their offers prioritised in the coming new year, and opportunities in the private sector are actively available, providing alternatives for those considering a shift.

If you have been considering a move from the public sector to the private sector now is the time to make that leap. Clarity Recruitment are still actively advertising and hiring for many positions countrywide. Opportunities in clinics, nursing homes, and specialised healthcare facilities offer diverse career paths and benefits. We have listed some current opportunities below.

Our Top 10 Jobs to Consider

1. Staff Nurse - Urgent Care Clinic - North Dublin

New role just in! A state of the art urgent care clinic opening in January 2024 is actively interviewing and recruiting for nurses on a full time permanent basis. Benefits include fully funded health insurance for you and your family, and pension contributions matched up to 5%.

2. Community Nurse - Leinster

An amazing opportunity to move from the acute setting and into the community with a well established private company. Covering the Leinster region you will be treated to a fully funded company car, laptop, tablet and phone!

Nurse working in a clinic

Find a full list of nursing roles over on our jobs page

3. Community Nurse - Galway

Same role as above we are also recruiting for nurses to join the community in the Galway area. Working a 3 day week with limited weekends, and no overnight shifts!

4. Staff Nurse - Nursing Home - South Dublin

A 40 bed nursing home based in South Dublin, that is close to public transport links, pays above the INMO scale and will support visa requirements. However, it is essential that you are fully NMBI registered before applying for this role.

5. Recovery Nurse - Plastics - Wicklow

A private cosmetic clinic is actively recruiting for recovery nurses. The ward consists of just 6 private bedrooms that act as recovery rooms. The clinic offers a stress free environment, as all procedures are elective and you are not treating sick patients.

6. Staff Nurse - Multiple Areas - South Dublin

There is no freeze in recruitment in this Southside private hospital. With ongoing interviews in motion for multiple areas, including but not limited to cardiology, oncology, theatre and many more. An amazing sign-on bonus of up to €5,000 is also on offer to successful candidates.

7. Staff Nurse - Theatre Recovery and Anaesthetics - Cork

Excellent opportunity to secure a permanent position in a revolutionary theatre department. The hospital provides amazing benefits including a company pension scheme, free parking maternity leave and much more.

8. Staff Nurse - Oncology - South Dublin

A private state of the art hospital who are also planning to expand in 2024 have numerous vacancies for nurses with oncology experience. Offering full and part time permanent contracts with maternity leave, sick pay and many other benefits.

9. Staff Nurse - Endoscopy - Kildare

This is an exciting opportunity to join a modern hospital in Kildare, that provides benefits including maternity and paternity schemes, sick pay and many more benefits.

10. Community Nurse - Waterford

Are you looking for a change of scene and interested in taking on a new challenge? Well look no further than community nursing, our community employers offer the ultimate work life balance, premium rates of pay and paid training.

Find Your Dream Role with Clarity

Are these roles not for you? Not to worry! We have over 100 other nursing vacancies available for permanent contracts.


Agency Nursing

Although Clarity is a HSE approved provider, we also have hundreds of private clients outside of the HSE requesting nursing staff on an ongoing basis. We are very aware that there are still huge gaps in the HSE for nursing staff and we can see this on a daily basis in Clarity Locums. We want to ensure new and existing agency nurses that there is no slow down in the amount of shifts that are available. Currently, we have 760 open agency shifts available for booking with the HSE and other private clients all over Ireland!


Get in Touch

If you are worried or concerned about these freezes, please feel free to contact us today to discuss options for the rest of 2023, and indeed  2024. Call us on 01 567 3123 or email using the button below.

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Posted on 13 November 2023 by Laura Mulchrone
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Laura Mulchrone

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