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Economy

While there was a bit of a slow period for Ireland during the last world financial crisis, Ireland’s economy is thriving in 2017 and only looking upward. It is predicted that it will grow another 4-5% this year, making it Europe’s fastest growing economy for the fourth year in a row. This is partly due to the fact that Ireland has a competitive tax system, which has encouraged many large, international companies to house their European headquarters within its borders.

The construction, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, and technology industries are booming at the moment, and often in need of skilled workers. As of 2015, Ireland was the world’s 8th largest producer of pharmaceuticals, with 9 out of the top 10 international pharma companies operating there, providing 50% of the country’s exports. Manufacturing – including food, medical equipment, and electronics – accounts for over 20% of the country’s GDP, causing a huge amount of job creation.

There are now so many tech companies in Dublin, including 9 of the top 10 Fortune 500, that the area that houses them is nicknamed the ‘Silicon Docks,’ and the sector recently announced over 2,000 new jobs in the course of one month. Construction has been bolstered due to this growth, with many new projects ordered. Healthcare is also an area that often needs more workers, as do some lesser skilled areas like tourism and customer service.

If you’re looking to relocate to Ireland for work, you will most likely need to live in one of the country’s larger cities, like Dublin or Cork, however it is possible to find things all over the country depending on your speciality and visa situation. Typically, fluency in English is required to find skilled employment in Ireland. Some less-specialised jobs may only need you to have a basic level, but it will depend on the employer.

Wages

As of 1 January 2017, the national minimum wage in Ireland is €9.25 per hour for an experienced adult worker. An experienced adult worker is defined as someone over the age of 18 who has had more than two years of employment in any area. The wage is slightly less if you have had between one and two years experience at €8.33 per hour, and €7.40 if you’ve had less than one year as a worker. If you are under 18 the minimum hourly wage you can receive is €6.48. Trainees have a slightly different wage tier depending on the amount of time they’ve been training. You should be paid extra if you work on a Sunday.

The average yearly salary of Irish workers in 2016 was €45,611, which is a 1.2% increase from 2015. The salary you command will vary depending on your skill set, experience, and industry. Most job advertisements will not give an indication of salary, so it can be hard to know what you might earn when you begin applying for jobs. The highest paying jobs are typically found in the areas of finance and technology, and larger companies tend to pay their employees more than smaller companies. Unions for trade jobs are still fairly influential when it comes salaries for vocational work.

Working hours

The type of work you do and your experience level will dictate your working hours. Most office jobs operate working hours Monday to Friday from 9am to 5:30pm, allowing an hour for lunch between 12pm and 2pm, and weekends off. The average full time workweek is 39 hours, and legally the maximum you can work is an average of 48 hours per week over the course of a four-month period. Basic annual leave entitlement is 4 weeks, however your employer is allowed to give you more. There are nine public holidays in Ireland per year.

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There are various ways to find work if you are already living and settled in Ireland with work permission.
Dublin is Ireland’s most international city, and boasts a huge economy for foreign workers. There are a number of international companies based there.
The city of Cork has a developed economy which is based on several sectors, namely the pharmaceutical and tech industry.
If you wish to set up a business in Ireland as a non-EU/EEA citizen, you will need to apply for the correct visa type and seek the appropriate permissions.

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