Working in Ireland

Skilled expat professionals are actively recruited to work in Ireland to address skills shortages in the local workforce. However, the job market has been tight since the recession and competition for work is tough.

European Union (EU) citizens are eligible to work without a work permit for Ireland and tend to have the least trouble finding employment opportunities. Non-EU citizens will usually need an Irish work permit.

Given the economy and institutional difficulties associated with starting a business, almost all expats in Ireland work for an established employer. 

The job market in Ireland

It is seen as strategically useful for specific industries in Ireland to hire expats. Fortunately for foreign candidates looking to move to Ireland, these skills gaps cover various professions in numerous industries such as finance, IT, healthcare, construction management and medical research.

Ireland is also looking to lure industry leaders to raise the standard of its workforce. Sector-specific requirements for hiring expats are often ignored when it comes to those in top managerial positions.

Some jobs in Ireland are not open to foreign workers without exceptional circumstances, such as administrative positions, domestic work, retail work, and various craft workers, including electricians, builders and mechanics. 

Finding a job in Ireland

All professions in Ireland belong to an association and, depending on the type of organisation it is, the association may, in turn, regulate the profession. These associations can be a good place for expats looking for a job in Ireland. Other avenues include online job portals, adverts in local news publications and employment agencies. 

Work culture in Ireland

Expats working in Ireland will find that while the Irish value their free time, they also pride themselves on being hard workers. Work usually starts at 9am and finishes at 5.30pm with a one-hour lunch break. The average work week is 39 hours, from Monday to Friday.

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