Staffing at Cork Simon

Highly Skilled and Experienced Staff

We employ qualified and skilled staff at all our services. Our staff are highly trained to work in challenging and sensitive situations. They often have to deal with the many complex issues relating to homelessness, such as poor mental and physical health, challenging behaviour, alcohol and drug addiction, family and relationship issues, difficulty accessing services and supports and more.

Our emergency shelter and five high support houses are staffed 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

Staff Numbers

In 2015, Cork Simon employed:

  • the equivalent of 83 full time posts, staffed by highly skilled and experienced people providing expert care and support every day of the year;
  • the equivalent of 13 full time posts, resourced by the Community Employment Scheme and the Jobs Initiative Scheme and staffed by committed people providing invaluable support to Cork Simon Community;
  • In the past 5 years, 80% of people engaged in Cork Simon’s Community Employment Scheme have gone on to secure further employment.

Alongside paid staff, 22 full time volunteers and up to 1,000 part-time volunteers support our work across all our services, 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

Staff Posts
Where staff are deployed

It takes trained professionals with diverse skills and expertise, working together efficiently and effectively, to support the life changing work that we do.

Among the full time posts resourced by Cork Simon, 79% are care posts:


Despite year-on-year growth since 2008 in the number of people needing our services – and over €1 million in cuts from our statutory funders during that time, we have increased the level and quality of existing services and developed and opened new services. At the same time we have been constantly looking for ways to become more efficient. Over the last few years we have:

  • Reduced the number of managers
  • Negotiated a pay freeze in 2009
  • Negotiated pay cuts of up to 7.1% in 2010, and
  • We constantly review and revise day-to-day costs every year.

Staff Salaries

At Cork Simon there are:

  • No six figure salaries
  • No bonuses
  • The highest salary, earned by the Director, is €89,800.

Remuneration of Cork Simon’s Director

As the principal employee at Cork Simon Community, the annual salary of our Director, Dermot Kavanagh, is €89,800. Dermot does not have a company car, a car allowance, a bonus, or any other entitlement – no one at Cork Simon does. Dermot is reimbursed for any necessary work-related travel upon submission of appropriate receipts. Cork Simon makes a 5% maximum contribution per member to its defined contribution pension scheme, of which Dermot is a member.

Meet some of our skilled and experienced team