DfE current vacancies
|Competition to appoint a Chair to Northern Ireland Screen (NI Screen)||Noon 11 November 2021|
Why apply for a public appointment?
In this video, Sheila McClelland explains how she developed her skills further by applying for a public appointment.
The benefits of a public appointment
In this video, Frank Bryan (Chair of Belfast Metropolitan College) discusses the many personal benefits associated with public appointments.
For more information on the role of a public appointee, please see the following articles by the current Vice Chairperson of HSENI, Hilary Singleton, and Marie Mallon, Chairperson of the Labour Relations Agency:
- A far cry from "Elf and Safety" by Hilary Singleton
- Profile of Marie Mallon, Chairperson of Labour Relations Agency
Public Bodies sponsored by DfE
The Department sponsors a number of public bodies. Appointments to these bodies are made by the Minister for the Economy.
Regulated Appointments – Appointments within the remit of the Commissioner for Public Appointments for NI (CPANI)
Information on the role of CPANI is on their website.
|Public Body||Web link||Board information|
|The Certification Officer for Northern Ireland||NI Certification Officer website|
|The Board of CITB Construction Skills||CITB website|
|Consumer Council for Northern Ireland||Consumer Council website||Consumer Council board information|
|The Governing Bodies of Northern Ireland's Six Colleges of Further Education||FE colleges information on nidirect|
|The Health & Safety Executive for Northern Ireland||HSE NI website|
|Invest Northern Ireland||InvestNI website|
|The Board of the Labour Relations Agency||LRA website|
|Northern Ireland Screen||NI Screen website|
|The Governing Body of St. Mary's College||St Mary's College website|
|The Governing Body of Stranmillis College||Stranmillis College website|
|Tourism Northern Ireland||TourismNI website||TNI board information|
Appointments within the spirit of the CPANI Code (Unregulated)
|Public Body||Web link|
|Re-instatement Committee for Reserve Forces in Civil Employment||No website|
|The Industrial Court||https://www.industrialcourt.gov.uk|
|Office of the Industrial Tribunals and The Fair Employment Tribunals||https://www.employmenttribunalsni.co.uk|
|Public Body||Web link|
|NI-CO NI Co-operation Overseas Ltd||http://www.nico.org.uk|
Becoming a Public Appointee
You can find out more about becoming a public appointee including information on the application and interview process on the nidirect website.
The “All Aboard” newsletter published by the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister provides an overview of public appointments coming up over the next six months across the whole of the Northern Ireland Civil Service.
Recent appointments and competitions
The table below shows appointments made and competitions launched since May 2016.
How we handle personal information is set out in our privacy notice:
The Public Appointments Unit (PAU) within the Department for Economy (DfE) is committed to the principles of public appointments as set out in the Commissioner for Public Appointments (CPANI) code of Practice.
Contact the DfE Public Appointments Unit
The Department has a dedicated Public Appointments Unit which co-ordinates the Public Appointments process. For general queries or to register your interest in upcoming vacancies visit our contact page: