Ireland, a hot spot for some of the world’s biggest and best companies (due to its low tax rates), is also a hot spot for professionals and graduates from all over the globe. With so many appealing companies operating their businesses from Ireland, it is easy to see why job seekers rate Ireland as one of the most sought after locations to relocate to! Ireland’s EU member status, geographical positioning and favorable tax structure makes it one of the most readily sought after locations.
Top companies operating in Ireland:
(Electronics and technology)
- Dell Ireland
- Google Ireland
- Intel Ireland
- Microsoft Irelands
Ireland’s Job Market
Due to the number of popular companies operating their businesses there, the country’s job market has become fiercely competitive. The competition from local graduates and professionals is high, and many companies who set up business in Ireland are required to hire locals for jobs that can be filled by skilled and qualified local applicants.
However, due to the vast number of companies operating and setting up shop in Ireland, the number of job opportunities is also on the rise. Foreign nationals who possess specialist skills and knowledge can quite easily land a top job in Ireland, however, they will be subject to visa restrictions and requirements.
If you are a non-EU citizen, then you must obtain the correct employment permit before commencing work in Ireland.
The Employment Permits Act 2003 and Employment Permits Act 2006, provides for the following options to applicants:
- Work permit
- Green Card permit – sought for salaries over €60,000 and no labour test is required
- Spouse/dependant permit
- Intra-company transfer permit
In general, work permits are available for occupations with salaries of €30,000 or more, and are granted on an initial 2 year basis, provided there is an offer of employment. After 5 years, the permit holder may not be required to renew their permit. Occupations with salaries under €30,000 may qualify for a permit in exceptional circumstances, however this is very rare.
Major Industries of Employment:
- Computer equipment and textiles
- Trade and exportation
English and Irish (also known as Gaelic or Gaeilge) are the two official languages of Ireland, although English is the first language of the majority of the country. Without an excellent working knowledge of English, you will struggle to land yourself a job!
On average, an employee cannot work more than 48 hours per week of which the average can be calculated over a 4 month period for most industries. Employees are entitled to a basic annual paid leave of 4 weeks. Additionally, employees receive paid holiday allowance based on their average working salary rate. Employment rights extend to public holidays, maternity leave, and parental leave, to name a few.
With a friendly population and a recovering economy it is an increasingly promising destination; especially if you are involved in the IT industry.