Working in Dublin

Expats will be happy to know that working in Dublin places them at the economic centre of Ireland. The city was the focal point of Ireland’s rapid growth before the global recession and property crash and is at the heart of the Celtic Tiger’s tentative recovery.

A number of aspects have made Dublin an attractive business destination, including business tax incentives and access to the EU. As a result, many international companies have set up major divisions and headquarters in Dublin, and many expats have followed their employers to postings on the Emerald Isle.

Dublin’s IT sector is particularly strong and some of the world's most prominent tech companies – such as Microsoft, Google, Dell and Amazon –  have regional headquarters in the city. The financial sector is also still an important industry in Dublin and provides many expats with employment. 

Most expats working in Dublin are transferred within their company and many of these work in the IT sector. Expats in Dublin are likely to find the city's work ethic and business culture similar to that of many British and American companies. 

Job market in Dublin

Expats working in construction-related industries should think twice before heading to Ireland. Jobs for architects, conveyancers, building contractors and lawyers working in property law are thin on the ground.

Anyone hoping to get work in the state sector will also have great difficulty. With the hiring freeze placed on state departments such as health and education ending in 2015, competition for places is high and expats in these fields may have trouble finding work. 

Finding a job in Dublin

Expats looking to live in Ireland’s capital will have to do their homework. The job market in Dublin is tough, and expats will need perseverance and optimism when searching for job prospects. 

Before moving to the Emerald Isle, expats will need to research and line up a job. The most promising sectors are IT, accounting and the pharmaceutical industry.

Most expats moving to Dublin first find work through online sources or contacts already in the country. Given its size, finding work in Ireland is much easier with the help of local contacts. 

Work culture in Dublin

The Irish can be obsessive when it comes to working. Although individuals and industry norms differ, long hours from Monday to Friday and working the occasional Saturday is common.

Offices are seen by the Irish to be quite informal but expats should be prepared for long meetings and a strict hierarchy. Workwear, especially in industries like finance and engineering, is formal. 

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