Public bodies with public money have certain obligations to advertise their vacancies.  Well, does good practice suggest any comparable obligation on voluntary bodies with, say, private funding?Equally, if someone has a contract and it finishes, can said voluntary body then just offer them another contract without advertising the availability of said contract?Thanks, Paraic


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In general, voluntary

In general, voluntary organisations are not subject to the same obligations as public sector in relation to recruitment, however there could be obligations within the terms of specific funding streams for specific positions.  However, it would be good practice, regardless, to have a transparent recruitment process.   The main aspect of "good practice" here is to have a written and transparent recruitment policy and then to actually follow it. The policy can deal with this and other similar issues if it wants to, but it is not specifically required.

In relation to a contract that rolls over, it would depend on the circumstances - if an organisation have a very good person in place and there is no obligation to advertise the contract when it comes up again, then it would appear reasonable to offer said contract again.   In fact, an organisation could arguably be in trouble with employment rights law if it was not given to the incumbent (where they are doing a competent job), but went out and hired a different person for exactly the same contract!  However, all of this is contextual.

The equality authority also run a really good helpline service on the basic legal requirements.

"The Public Information Centre of the Equality Authority provides information on the working of the Employment Equality Acts 1998 and 2004, the Equal Status Acts 2000 and 2004. The Public Information Centre also makes information available on the Maternity Protection Acts 1994 and 2004, the Adoptive Leave Acts 1995 and 2005, and the Parental Leave Acts 1998 and 2006.

This information can be accessed by telephone (Locall 1890 245545 or 01-4173333), by textphone (01-4173385), email ( or letter to the Public Information Centre, Equality Authority, 2 Clonmel Street, Dublin 2.

Significant information is also available from this website and a pre-recorded telephone message service outlining the basic features of the five pieces of legislation mentioned above is also available on Locall 1890 245545 or (01)4173333. All these services are provided free of charge. "



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