Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Health / Social Work
Human Health Services And Activities
Human Health Activities
86 - Human health activities

5,000 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
1 November 2010
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
31 December 2010


Ireland's Health Service Executive (HSE) has announced an early retirement or redundancy package designed to cut the number of clerical, administrative and support staff by 5,000 by the end of 2010. It is understood that the HSE currently employs about 28,000 such staff. Under the scheme, agreed by the departments of Finance and Health as well as the HSE, early retirement will be offered to staff who are above 50 years in age, while voluntary redundancy will be open to staff up to the age of 60.

To be eligible, staff in the clerical, administrative or support grades must apply by 19 November and agree to leave the HSE by the end of 2010. Staff opting for the voluntary redundancy package will get three weeks pay per year of service, capped at two years' salary, plus their statutory entitlements. Those clerical and administrative staff who apply are guaranteed to be accepted for the package, but not all support staff who apply may be approved. The package is being put forward as a once-off offer.


  • 1 November 2010: RTE


Eurofound (2010), Health Service Executive, Internal restructuring in Ireland, factsheet number 71119, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/71119.