The Department of Human Resources (DHR) is struggling to hire new graphics and design talent amid the economic downturn.
In an interview with The Irish Telegraph, a DHR senior director said the department did not want to “lose” on the digital and social media teams as the economy was “really good”.
The director, who asked not to be named, said the hiring freeze has left departments “unable to hire staff and make payroll”.
“We’ve done everything we can to recruit, but we’ve not been able to do it because we don’t have enough people,” the director said.
The department has struggled to attract and retain talent in the digital, social media and graphic design fields.
The department is currently in the process of retraining staff in those areas, which will include “new hires”, the DHR director added.
The Irish Times understands that the department is also looking to recruit people to work in new digital and digital media roles in areas including “marketing and digital” and “web development”.
However, a spokesperson for the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation said it would not comment on staffing issues until it received formal employment applications.
The DHR’s director of digital media, John Ryan, told the Irish Times that the agency “is looking at how we can attract and keep talented people in our digital media teams”.
“I want to reassure people that we are not losing any of our talented people to other agencies.
We are very proud of our talent and are investing heavily in hiring them and we will continue to do that,” Mr Ryan said.