Careers in the Pensions Authority

Working at the Pensions Authority

The Pensions Authority is a public body set up under the Pensions Act, 1990. The Authority is an equal opportunities employer. Our employees come from varied professional backgrounds in both the private and public sector and include actuaries, lawyers, accountants, regulatory specialists, data analysts, qualified financial advisors, pension administrators, investment managers, customer service providers, administrators and ICT software and hardware engineers. Through our continuous learning and development programme, we provide employees with the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge required to efficiently and effectively carry out their roles to serve the public interest. The Authority is committed to investing in the expertise of our employees so they can progress their careers in our organisation and beyond.

A career in the Authority will give you a unique opportunity to work in the pensions industry from a regulatory perspective and to develop your potential while contributing to the Authority’s vision of achieving a pensions landscape, which encourages pensions savings by being secure, well managed and understandable.

Day-to-day work of the Authority

The day-to-day work of the Authority is carried out by our 70 employees working together across six Units as follows:

  • Compliance (Supervision of compliance with the Pensions Act)
  • Development (Policy)
  • Technical (Information and advice)
  • Legal
  • Regulatory Intelligence (Data and ICT)
  • Operations (Corporate Services)

Further information regarding the Authority and the work of each Unit can be found on our website in the About Us section.

Career development

As a regulatory body, each Unit works closely together and plays an important role in delivering the Authority’s objectives. To deliver on our objectives there are various cross Unit projects underway at any one time in a variety of areas such as supervision, compliance and enforcement activity; data management and analysis; policy development; providing legal and technical advice; ICT systems development; HR, finance, procurement, and communications. These activities enable employees to gain an array of experiences from across the organisation.

The Authority’s supervisory and regulatory role originates not only from Irish law but also from European legislation. The Authority is responsible for reporting on behalf of Ireland to the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority.

Benefits of working at the Pensions Authority

Our modern city centre office, located on Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2, is easily accessible by DART, Luas and many bus routes.

Below are just some of the benefits that the Authority has to offer:

  • public sector pay rates, pension benefits and annual leave entitlements
  • career progression opportunities
  • flexible working hours and the potential to accrue flexi leave for those operating at CO, EO and HEO grades
  • dynamic and interactive work environment
  • personal development opportunities through employer sponsored academic education, paid study leave and extensive in-house training and development programmes
  • tax saver tickets, Bike to Work Scheme and bike storage onsite
  • wellbeing initiatives – lunch and learn sessions on popular topics, mindfulness classes, mental health awareness talks, provision of fresh fruit daily, subsidised pilates classes, health initiatives, employee networking initiatives, confidential employee assistance programme
  • an active and inclusive social committee hosting varied activities.

Application process

The Authority adopts a competency based approach when assessing applications and in conducting interviews. When a vacancy arises, the following is the general recruitment process that is undertaken;

  1. The position/role is advertised on our website and on Public Jobs. You can sign up for email alerts for both websites.
  2. A booklet containing details of the role, and supporting information is provided with the application form.
  3. Candidates apply using the provided application form before the deadline. No applications are accepted after the deadline.
  4. Successful candidates are then shortlisted for interview.
  5. The process may involve a task or second round interview as required.

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