Living & Working
in Ireland
Geography
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Geographically Ireland is
divided into two parts:
The Republic of Ireland which
is made up of 26 Counties
Northern Ireland which is
made up of 6 Counties and is
part of U.K.
Labour Market Factors
Young highly educated workforce
 Immigration & Irish returnees
 Emigration
 National wage agreements
 English language
 High female participation rate
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Ireland’s Demography
Total Population
 Population Aged 15+
 Unemployment rate
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4.6 million
3.2 million
14.8%
The Irish Economy
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Opportunities – Where are jobs available?
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Specialised high skill areas of IT
Software developers (e.g. JAVA, SQL), IT security experts, network experts and IT
project managers
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Science
R&D scientists (chemists, biologists etc.), managers (clinical trials, supply chain
etc.), animal nutritionists, science technicians (prototyping/development),
regulation experts and multidisciplinary experts (e.g. bio-convergence, blend of
science and business etc.).
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Sales/marketing
Marketing managers with specific industry and product knowledge; multilingual
telesales/customer care workers with IT skills – particularly persons proficient in
Nordic languages and German; experienced sales representatives with specific
product or technical knowledge (e.g. medical sales, technical sales).
Opportunities – Where are jobs available?
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Accountancy/ Financial
Actuaries, risk experts, business analysts, senior claims handlers, fund
specialists and senior accountants with specific skills; multilingual
accounting clerks and debt collectors.
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Health and care services workers
Medical practitioners (general practitioners, non-consultant hospital doctors
and specialist doctors; advanced nursing practitioners (theatre nurses, and
those specialising in radiology, diabetes, renal medicine and midwifery);
senior therapists: occupational and speech and language; physiotherapists
(niche areas e.g. paediatric disability ); medical radiographers; dentists
(orthodontists).
Opportunities – Where are jobs available?
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Engineering and management
(Mechanical design and innovation, process (pharmaceutical industry,
medical devices, water purification), quality control, validation
(pharmaceutical and medical devices sectors), wind energy and high voltage
electrical engineering)
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Transport
(International supply chain managers, experienced individuals with IT skills,
forecasting skills, familiarity with material requirements planning (MRP) and
master production scheduling (MPS), enterprise resource planning, global
team management, proficiency in foreign languages, etc.
More information: www.fas.ie
FÁS Quarterly Labour Market Commentary
http://www.fas.ie/en/About+Us/Publications+and+Resources/Publications.htm
Looking for Work in Ireland
Department of Social Protection
www.welfare.ie
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Employment: 5,119 Jobs (March 2013)
Services and supports to assist in your job search
Learning and Upskilling
www.jobsireland.ie
www.jobbridge.ie
Information on Living & Working in Ireland
www.eures.europa.eu
 Living & Working in all the EU Countries
Looking for Work in Ireland
Private recruitment agencies
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Irish Federation of Personnel Services
(IFPS www.nrf.ie )
No Charge to Jobseekers
Agencies generally charge employers 12%
to 20% of first year’s salary.
Internships/ Work experience
in Ireland
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www.leargas.ie
www.ie.aiesec.org/AI
www.gradireland.com
www.iaeste.ie
EURES portal
{(Access www.eures.europa.eu ; select –
Jobseekers; select - Related links: National
Employment Services (on bottom right hand
side of screen), select - Information and jobs for
graduates (on left hand side of screen)}.
Qualification recognition
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The National Qualifications Authority of Ireland
www.nqai.ie is the Irish centre for the recognition of
international qualifications.
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The Authority represents Ireland in a European
network of Centres known as ENIC/NARIC
www.enic-naric.net
(European National Information Centre/National
Academic Recognition Information Centre)
Know before You Go - Essential Preparation
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Contact your local EURES Adviser before you leave
the country
Seek pre-departure advice on “L&W”
Bring relevant personal documentation,
relevant ‘E’ forms and European Health Insurance Card
(EHIC)
Speak at least basic English
Have enough money to live for 1 month at least
Know before You Go -
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Essential Preparation
Try to find a job before you arrive
or be prepared to look for it
Discuss any queries relating to your contract of employment
directly with your new employer
Have somewhere to stay on arrival – Friend
www.hostelbookers.com www.hosteldublin.com
On arrival - What you need to do
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Register for PPS Number – Social Security
Register for Tax – Tax free allowance Cert.
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Open a Bank Account
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PPS Number – How to apply?
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In your local Welfare office you need to show:
Current Valid Passport or National Identity Card
and
Evidence of address in Ireland!!!
(Household Bill, Official letter/document, financial
statement, property lease or tenancy agreement, verified
employers letter. All documents must show the applicants
name and address)
More information on: www.welfare.ie
Opening a bank account
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Introduction Letter from employer with exact details as
per Passport
or
The letter from PPS application received back from
Department of Social Protection (Social Welfare)
Driving Licence or Passport
Details of Irish Address – Utility Bill
Minimum wage
€8.65 per hour
Please note:
The minimum rate of pay changes from time to
time. Details of current minimum rates are always
available on www.workplacerelations.ie
Personal Taxation
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Tax system: PAYE = Pay As You Earn
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2 rates of Tax
20% on the first €32,800.00 earned
41% on all earnings above €32,800.00
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Personal tax allowances granted to individuals by a
system of Tax Credits
More information on: www.revenue.ie
Income Tax – Example
Single Person - Tax Credit €1,650
Married Person - Tax Credit €3,300
Example: INCOME TAX – Single Person
Salary of €26,000 euro
A single person pays 20% tax on €26,000 = €5,200
Less €1,650 tax credit = €3,550 taxable pay
PRSI = Pay related Social Security
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The amount of PRSI you pay will depend on your earnings and the
class you are insured under.
There are 11 different Social Insurance Classes in Ireland.
Example: for employees insured under Class A:
- No social insurance if you earn less than €352 gross per week (Your
employer is paying social insurance on your behalf.)
- If you earn between €352 and €356 per week you will pay 4% on anything
over €127 (your employer will pay 4.25% on your earnings)
- If you earn more than €356 per week you will pay 4% on anything over €127
(your employer will pay 10.75% on your earnings)
All individuals with an annual gross income above €10,036 are liable to pay
the Universal Social Charge (2%, 4% or 7%).
More information on: www.welfare.ie
Renting a House
or Apartment
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Landlords usually require:
1 month’s rent in advance
1 month’s rent as security
Generally require 1 year’s lease
Rental agreements are legal
Custom is for young people to share accommodation.
Average rents in Dublin per month
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Fully furnished
1 bedroom apartment
2 bedroom apartment
3 Bedroom House
Bedsit/Studio
€
700+
750+
1100+
500+
More information & apartments for rent:
www.daft.ie
www.myhome.ie
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Some Approximate Prices
from a Typical Shopping Basket
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Eggs dozen
€1.70
Chicken (Tesco - medium)
€2.99
Potatoes (2.5kg)
€3.39
Milk (1 litre)
€0.97
Bottle wine (average)
€8.49
Washing up liquid (Tesco) 500ml
€0.79
Cornflakes
€3.00
Three course meal
€ 20.00 – €50.00
Ireland
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Ireland offers a good quality of life
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Temperate climate – lots of rain!
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English speaking – the Irish language
is still spoken in some areas but for
work English is essential.
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Many young people – a variety of
interests – football, Gaelic games,
golf, fishing, rugby, music (U2),
theatre, cinema etc
Thank You
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EURES adviser
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Tel.
E-mail:
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