Health Service Employment Statistics


Department of Health

Key information

Staff employed by the Health Service Executive, the voluntary hospitals and some intellectual disability agencies, consultants, general practitioners, pharmacists, dentists, public health nurses employed or under contract to health service agencies, by health board/regional authority, by categories, specialities and grades.


The Health Service Employment Census, Comhairle na nOspideal, General Medical Services (Payments) Board Choice of Doctor Scheme.


All public health service staff and health professionals employed or under contract to public health service agencies.


Every 3 years

Reference period

31 December

Start date

1994, with some statistics from 1986 or other years


Typically 2 years from the end of the latest reference year


  • Health Board/Regional Authority
    Eastern; Midland; Mid-Western; North-Eastern; North-Western; South-Eastern; Southern; Western.
  • Staff category
    Medical/dental; Nursing; Health and social care professionals; Management/administrative; General support staff; Other patient and client care.
  • Employment category
    Permanent; Job-sharing; Temporary; Locum; Training; Sessional; Part-time.
  • Consultants' speciality
    Accident & Emergency; Anaesthetics; Intensive Care; Medicine; Obstetrics/gynaecology; Paediatrics; Pathology; Psychiatry; Radiology; Surgery.
  • Doctors grade (non-consultant)
    House officer, House officer senior; Intern; Registrar; Registrar senior, Specialist.
  • Dentist grade
    Consultant in restorative dentistry; Consultant, Orthodontist; Dental surgeon, chief; Dental surgeon, clinical grade 1; Dental surgeon, general; Dental surgeon, principal; Dental surgeon, senior.
  • Nurse grade (public health)
    Director of public health nursing; Director of public health nursing, assistant; Public health nurse; Public health nurse, student.


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