IRELAND'S Health Service Executive (HSE) is attempting to lure nurses home – with a financial incentive.
The tax-free €1,500 relocation package is aimed at nurses and midwives working in Britain and further afield, in an effort to bring them home.
Ian Tegerdine, the national director of human resources at the HSE, confirmed that a package would be available to nurses and midwives who applied for positions through the new initiative.
The overall package includes up to €1,500 tax-free relocation expenses including the cost of flights; the cost of registering for the first time with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland; funded postgraduate education and incremental credit for experience gained outside Ireland.
The HSE is seeking to fill 500 vacancies with the recruitment drive, which was launched yesterday (July 23).
Seven major British cities will be targeted with the initiative – with particular focus on cities where Irish nurses have settled in the latest wave of emigration.
Mr Tegerdine also said that the campaign will focus on advertising on social media channels and newspapers to reach the Irish-trained nurses.
The HSE said that those taking up employment would receive a salary scale of €27,211 to €43,800 depending on experience, with generous annual leave packages on offer.