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Ireland. Living and Working. Young highly educated workforce Immigration & Irish returnees National wage agreements English language High female participation rate. Labour Market Factors. Total Population 4.4 million Population Aged 15+ 3,8 million Employment 2,1 million

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Living and Working

labour market factors
Young highly educated workforce

Immigration & Irish returnees

National wage agreements

English language

High female participation rate

Labour Market Factors
ireland s demography
Total Population 4.4 million

Population Aged 15+ 3,8 million

Employment 2,1 million

Employment rate 68 %

Unemployment rate 6.1 %

Ireland’s Demography

But the Irish economy is changing…

Employment Growth 1996-2009

  • Financial & Business sector (High level)
  • Industry (engineers)
  • Pharmaceutical Sector
  • IT Managers & Senior Professionals
  • Health Services
know before you go essential preparation
Bring relevant personal documentation, relevant ‘E’ forms and European Health Insurance Card

Speak at least basic English

Have enough money to live for 1 month at least

Have somewhere to stay on arrival – Friend

Know before You GoEssential Preparation
know before you go essential preparation9
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

Seek pre-departure advice on “L & W”

Know before You GoEssential Preparation
f s the training employment authority

Employment - 5,300 Jobs (September 2008)

Training Courses

CV on line

Living & Working in all the EU Countries

Looking for job in Ireland

FÁS – The Training & Employment Authority
private recruitment agencies
Irish Federation of Personnel Services (IFPS www.ifps.htm)

No Charge to Jobseekers

Agencies generally charge employers 12% to 20% of first year’s salary.

Private Recruitment Agencies

Looking for job in Ireland

some useful web sites
Irish Government

Citizens Information

Irish Times:

Irish Independent:

Sunday Business Post:

Irish Examiner:

Some Useful Web Sites
on arrival what you need to do
Register for PPS Number – Social Security

Register for Tax – Tax free allowance Cert.

Open a Bank Account

Introduction Letter from employer with exact

details as per Passport


The letter from PPS application received back from Social Welfare Department

Driving Licence or Passport

Details of Irish Address – Utility Bill

On arrival -what you need to do

PPS Number

A PPS (Personal Public Service) Number is your unique reference number. This PPS Number will help you to access benefits and information from public service agencies more quickly and more easily. This includes services such as Social Welfare, Revenue, Public Healthcare and Education.

More information on:

In your local Welfare office you need to show:

Current Valid Passport or National Identity Cardand

Evidence of either birth /work /unemployment /residency /tax liability /education 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)

PPS Number – How to apply?

minimum wage
€8.65 per hour

Please note:

The minimum rate of pay increases from time to time. Details of current minimum rates are always available from the Employment Rights Information Unit or on the Department’s website

Minimum Wage
personal taxation
Tax system: PAYE = Pay As You Earn

2 rates of Tax

20% on the first €35,400.00 earned

41% on all earnings above €35,400.00

Personal tax allowances granted to individuals by a system of Tax Credits

More information on:

Personal Taxation

Income tax - example

Single Person - Tax Credit €1,830

Married Person - Tax Credit €3,660

Example: INCOME TAX – Single Person

Salary of €26,000 euro

A single person pays 20% tax on €26,000 =€5,200

Less €1,830 tax credit =€3370 taxable pay

social security
PRSI = Pay related Social Security

No payment on first €127.00 of earnings

On a basic salary the social security deduction is 4% on earnings over €127

A health contribution of 2% is deducted from all income

More information on:

Social Security
accommodation rough guide
Housing situation

45% Owned outright

35% Owned but with a mortgage

18% Rented (private/local)

AccommodationRough guide
average rents in dublin per month
Fully furnished €

1 bedroom apartment 1000+

2 bedroom apartment 1200+

3 Bedroom House 1400+

Bedsit/Studio 700+

Average rents in Dublinper month
renting a house or apartment
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.

Renting a house or apartment
some approximate prices from a typical shopping basket
Eggs (6) €1.25

Chicken (medium) €7.70

Potatoes (2.5kg) €3.80

Milk (1 litre) €0.90

Bottle wine (average) €10.00

Washing up liquid 500ml €1.50

Some approximate prices from a typical shopping basket
Head of State: Mary McAleese – President

The Dail (parliament) + Senate

Current Prime Minister – Brian Cowen

Coalition Government

Currency € - Euro

Time = GMT -Irish time plus 1 hour

Ireland offers a good quality of life

Temperate climate – lots of rain!

English speaking – the Irish language is still spoken in some areas but for work English is essential.

Many young people – a variety of interests – football, gaelic games, golf, fishing, rugby, music (U2), theatre, cinema etc



Thank you

Kamila Weglicka

FÁS Training and Employment Authority

27-33 Upper Baggot StreetDublin 4

e-mail: [email protected]

Tel. Office: 00 353 1 607 0778

FÁS activities are funded by the Irish Government and the National Training Fund