What do I need to get a job in Ireland?

Job in Ireland

It is most likely you have already heard that business in Ireland is booming and that the Emerald Island, as it is called sometimes for the beauty of its landscapes and the many nuances of green you can look around, has become a land of job opportunities. Coming to work to Ireland may turn out to be the best choice of your life thanks to the very welcoming Irish population and to the very dynamic labor market that makes it particularly easy for people to find job opportunities. In addition, do not forget the great chance you will have to learn English if you are not a proficient speaker. Becoming an English proficient speaker will upgrade your cv a lot and hopefully, should you decide to move to another country or even go back to your native one, will help you move up the career ladder whatever job you will do.


What’s your country of origin?

EU/EEA or Switzerland citizens

If you come from these areas, EU (European Union state member), EEA (European Economic Area) and Switzerland, you are entitled to come to work in Ireland and you do not need of an employment permit. You will be treated as any other Irish citizens when you apply for a job in Ireland and you will also have the chance to apply for a job vacancy in the public sector such as Irish Army, Irish police (An Garda Síochána), etc.

Other countries

If you come from a country outside the areas indicated in the previous point, you will need of an employment permit.

You can get further information on citizensinformation.ie.


Personal Public Service Number

Whether you need or not of an employment permit, you surely need of a PPS number to get a job in Ireland. It is a unique reference number, composed of 7 numbers and one or two letters at the end, that is necessary to get access to social welfare benefits, public services and information in this country.

The PPS is released by the Department of Social Protection through the registration centres spread out all over the Republic of Ireland.

Get your qualifications recognized

If you have obtained some qualifications, you might want to get them recognized. This will depend on the type of qualifications but also on in which country you have obtained them. Quality and Qualification Ireland comes to an help because it provides you with a way to relate your qualifications to those in Ireland which are comparable to yours.


Qualification recognized


Prepare your cv

The first thing you should do is to update your cv and attach to it the written working references from previous employers. Your cv should be clear and easy to read, hence, take care of its appereance. It should also contain your personal contact details, history of all of your study, those skills that you think you should show off to grab the attention of the reader, your interests and, finally, details of the work experience you have accrued.

It goes without saying that your cv has to be perfectly translated in English, taking care especially of the translation of the technical words referring to your work experiences or your educational titles and so on. Your cv is just like your winning ticket in a lottery, you should really take care of it because it serves to introduce you as a person, as a professional and as a candidate for the vacant position.


Where to start looking for a job

You should start off with paying a visit to one of the Intreo offices that will be your point of reference and contact for all employment services and income supports. We also suggest you get in touch with your Local Employment Service (LES).

As said at the very beginning of this article, business in Ireland is booming, therefore, you will easily seize your opportunity here. However, in order to foster your research we strongly suggest you take a look at local and national newspapers such as The Sunday Independent, The Irish Time, The Evening Herald, The Irish Independent and so on (be sure that your level of English is adequate to be able to comfortably read them).

Do not forget that nowadays your social capital may often turn out to be your “rescue still”, hence your friends may point out some interesting vacancies that they may happen to know.

In any case, here you have a short list of websites where starting seeking your job in Ireland:

The Irish state also entitles you to two types of Social welfare payments in case you lose your job that are the Jobseeker’s Benefit and the Jobseeker’s Allowance. The only requirements to be qualified for them are that you must be:

  • capable of work
  • looking for a full-time job and always available for it

It might be possible for you to be entitled to a part-payment provided that you are in part-time or casual work.

In order to apply for a Social welfare payment you will just need to sign-on in the Department of Social Protection at your local Social Welfare Office as soon as you happen to lose your job because the first 3 days of unemployment are not paid.


business in Ireland


Setting up a business in Ireland

It could be the case that you might want to set up your own business in Ireland and this would require you to get a permission to start a business if you are from a non-EEA country. This will also depends on your immigration status.

Therefore, you do not need of a business permission if you are:

  • a refugee who has been granted this status by the Minister of Justice, Equality and Law Reform
  • a dependent relative of a non-EEA nation that exercises a valid right to reside in Ireland
  • entitled to remain in the state because of:
    • spouse of an Irish national
    • parent of an Irish born child
    • being granted temporary leave to stay in Ireland for humanitarian reasons

You can find further details on www.inis.gov.ie.


Some useful links to help you start your business in Ireland

We suggest you check these useful links that may provide you with advisory but also financial support:


In all of the cases, make sure that your documents and certificates are perfectly translated by a professional translator licensed to issue certified translations as they are required in many of the situations described above.

Your journey to Ireland starts off right here and if you need to get further information, just get in touch!



This article written by Andrea Nardinocchi  was previously published on https://polyglotscorner.wordpress.com/2017/08/10/what-do-i-need-to-get-a-job-in-ireland/




























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