A survey of almost 500 Irish private sector executives shows one in four of them have applied for positions in the public sector over the past three years. The research was carried out by executive search firm Merc Partners.
Managing partner of Merc Ireland, Ruth Curran, says that over half of the participants in their survey believe that their career prospects in the past year have improved while a third feel they have stayed the same. But one of the most interesting findings from the survey was the fact that 25% of respondents had applied for a position in the public sector in the past three years, while a significant number also said they were interested in serving on a state board. Ruth Curran says, however, that not many executives acted on that because they felt they would not get the job because of a lack of political affiliations, while others were concerned about negative publicity and time constraints.
Ms Curran says the process of hiring new executives is a rigorous one which is very research driven and which has both national and international scope. She says that company executives are now more optimistic, while that optimism is tinged with realism as the economic recovery continues. The food, pharmaceutical and ICT sectors are doing well in recent months, while Irish companies with an international presence are also performing strongly.