The labor market in Ireland


The Irish labor market is now quite dynamic, offering various professional opportunities to foreigners. Find out more on working conditions in this article. 

Ireland's work market is quite open in Ireland though many jobs were lately destroyed by the recent financial and economical crisis. However, there are many professionnal opportunities for foreigners in the sectors of IT, tourism and specialized call centers. Health practitioners and nurses are also needed in the country.

The competitive Irish tax regime has led many large international companies to settle in the country. The geographical distribution of jobs is not homogenous and it's easier to find a job in large cities like Dublin, Cork or Galway. A quality job in Ireland implies good commands of English. Nevertheless, basic knowledge of English is enough for unskilled jobs.


There are different minimum wages in effect in Ireland. The national minimum wage has been set at € 1 461.85  in January 2014. Hence, more than 18 years old with at least two years of professional experience get a minimum wage of € 8.65€ per hour; workers over 18 with at least one year of professional experience get a minimum wage of € 7.79 per hour.

Working hours

Legal working time in Ireland is set at a maximum of 39 hours per week. Employees are entitled to 4 weeks paid holiday plus 8 bank holidays per year.

For further information on the Irish labor market, refer to the Irish National Training and Employment Authority website.

  Useful links :

Irish National Training and Employment Authority
Job, Enterprise and Innovation

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