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Moving from Private to Public Sector

  • 02-09-2022 12:12pm
    Registered Users Posts: 191 ✭✭BalboBiggins

    Hi lads, I'm considering this move at the moment. It's the same salary more or less and I'm considering it for the security. The only thing is that my private sector job is incredibly handy, full time wfh, great work life balance etc. The public job I'm considering is an Executive Engineer role but there is no job description. I'm wondering if anyone has made this move and if they would recommend it. Thanks.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,884 ✭✭✭Tzardine

    Just be aware that your take home pay on the same salary in the public sector will be less than in the private sector. Mainly due to the pension costs.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,786 ✭✭✭Xcellor

    But private sector workers for the most part fund their own pensions - Defined contribution schemes ( if they can afford to do it ), the cost of this is greater I would think than the contribution a public sector worker makes towards their own pension.

  • I moved to the Private sector to the public sector, as a professional . took a pay cut at the time. No regrets, better holidays, on a pay scale, got promotion, no long nights or working Saturdays.

  • Registered Users Posts: 31 Merrymac

    I also moved to public Sector 3 years ago after having worked in the private sector for 34 years. Took a substantial pay cut but have never regretted it. Secure job ,more holidays, flexi time, pay scale, currently plenty of competitions for promotion and blended working being introduced .

  • Registered Users Posts: 561 ✭✭✭jethrothe2nd

    Moved to public sector last year after 20+ years in the private sector. Like others, I've taken a hefty pay cut and lost a lot of benefits in the short term, but there seems to be plenty of scope for promotion. I also feel a lot more secure and not constantly looking over my shoulder for the next round of chops. At this point, I have zero regrets.

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