Security, Defence & Law Enforcement


Every state needs to protect its citizens. In Ireland, national security, intelligence and law enforcement is the responsibility of the Irish police force - An Garda Síochána. There is also a large private security sector, providing protection for homes, businesses and large public events or bouncers for pubs.


  • communication
  • critical thinking
  • decision making
  • developing relationships
  • enforcing laws and regulations
  • adaptability
  • independence
  • initiative
  • leadership
  • managing resources
  • negotiation
  • people management
  • persuasion
  • prioritising work
  • problem solving
  • public speaking
  • teamwork
  • time management

Key Facts

About This Sector

Labour Market & Jobs

Approximately 41,100 persons were employed in the Security & Law Enforcement occupations, including security guards, gardai and other protective service occupations.

Between 2013 and 2018, overall employment in legal and security occupations increased by 1000 (0.4%) on average annually (compared to 3.1% nationally). The strongest rate of employment growth was observed for security guards (2.2%) during the period.

Current Jobs