Data Scientist (Data Analyst) Grade 8 - Data Analytics ref no: 521

SOLAS, the Further Education and Training Authority of Ireland, was established on 27 October 2013 and its mission is to fund, co-ordinate and monitor a range of Further Education and Training (FET) provisions that is responsive to the needs of learners and employers.  It is an agency of the recently formed Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science.  SOLAS works in close collaboration with Education and Training Boards (ETBs) across Ireland on provision of high-quality further education and training, equipping learners with relevant skills and knowledge, and providing a pipeline of talent into employment and to the Irish economy and society.  

At SOLAS, we put the learner, employers and communities, which FET serves, at the heart of everything we do. Working with sister agencies, SOLAS leads actions in key policy and strategy documents including the most recent Further Education and Training (FET) Strategy 2020 – 2024, the evaluation of the National Youthreach Programmes (2019), the National Skills Strategy 2025 and the People Strategy 2020-2024 and others.

SOLAS is seeking to recruit a Data Scientist (Data Analyst) in the Data Analytics Unit. The Data Analytics Unit reports FET system wide statistics to both internal and external stakeholders using a centrally governed learner database, the Programme and Learner Support System (PLSS).  This ‘live’ database has been pivotal to the Data Analytics Unit’s journey and enables the Data Analytics Unit to monitor learners’ journey through SOLAS funded FET and track FET learner education outcomes. As part of monitoring learner outcomes, SOLAS has also strengthened its core data infrastructure by establishing a Statistical Collaboration Agreement with the CSO in 2018. This has further enhanced SOLAS’ digital transformation journey, leveraged FET data, reshaped policy making and helped SOLAS deliver on government agreed strategic performance targets that ultimately are learner focused. 

This is a permanent position for which the salary scale ranges from €44,703 to €71,099 per annum (inclusive of two long service increments) for a 35-hour week.  Starting pay will be at the minimum point of the scale as per Government Circular E100/8/82.  Exceptional circumstances may apply for candidates with current service in the Civil/Public service. 

SOLAS offers an excellent benefit package including a contributory pension scheme and the opportunity for further training and development. 

Applications, using the SOLAS Application Form, quoting reference number 521, should be e-mailed to  

The closing date is 5pm, Thursday 20th June 2024

521 Role Specification 

SOLAS Competencies 

SOLAS Application form 

A Blended Working policy is in place and an arrangement is available to request with this role, a minimum requirement of 2 days per week in the office (Castleforbes House, Dublin 1). One of the days being the SOLAS Anchor Day - Wednesday.

Please note that as a public sector employee, you must reside in the Irish jurisdiction to avail of blended working, and in accordance with Department Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER) requirements, you must be available to attend in person if and when required.

SOLAS is an equal opportunities employer. Canvassing will disqualify