Dublin is a global, entrepreneurial city with a bright future, and people are flocking here to share in its success. Here are seven of the top reasons why a move to Dublin might be the right move for you, too. 1. The robust jobs market Ireland has recovered well from the recession that followed the financial crisis of 2007–2008. GDP growth in 2018 was a remarkable 6.7%, the fastest in Europe. In 2019 the country is expected to have the EU’s second-fastest growing economy.
You’ve moved to Dublin, settled into your new home and found a job. How can you be sure that you’re being treated fairly? Ireland’s employment law is transparent and applicable to all workplaces. Here are a few resources that will help you check that your boss is on the level.
The Workplace Relations Commission
The Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) is your one-stop-shop for your rights at work. It publishes a comprehensive Guide to Employment, Labour and Equality Law, which provides guidance on every aspect of industrial relations in Ireland.
However, your first port of call should be their Employment Law Explained booklet. This is an accessible outline of employment law in Ireland and will provide most people with all the information they need to navigate the labour market. All workers in Ireland are covered by employment law, with special exceptions for the Gardaí (police), the Defence Forces and people who work for their families.
Your employer’s obligations
The WRC outlines your employer’s obligations under Irish law. Your employer must:
- only hire people who have permission to work in Ireland
- provide you with a written statement of terms and conditions of employment
- give you a payslip – a written statement of your pay
- pay you a salary that is equal to or more than the statutory minimum wage rates
- comply with the maximum working week
- provide you with breaks and rest periods during working hours
- give you annual leave from work
- give you a minimum amount of notice before they terminate your employment (see table below)
- maintain records about employees and their entitlements.
The minimum wage
Since 1 January 2018, the minimum wage in Ireland for an experienced adult employee is €9.55 per hour.
The working week
The maximum average working week is set at 48 hours in Ireland. This is calculated over four months for most workers. It is calculated over two months for night workers and six months for employees in seasonable jobs, where there is a foreseeable surge in activity. Other arrangements for calculating the working week might be agreed to in certain industries.
Breaks and rest periods
You are also entitled to rest periods during the week – 11 consecutive hours during each 24-hour period. You must receive 24 hours off per week, in addition to the 11 daily hours of rest. During the workday, you must receive 15 minutes for every four and a half hours you work, or 30 minutes for every six hours.
For each day that you work in Ireland, you earn time off in annual leave. Typically, you will receive four weeks of annual leave for each year that you work, unless it is a year in which you change employment. Your annual leave allowance is calculated on a proportional basis – you earn 1/3 of a working week for each calendar month or 8% of the hours that you work in a year.
Termination of employment
Your employer must give you notice before they terminate your employment. The longer you have worked with your employer, the longer the notice period should be.
|Length of service||Notice period|
|13 weeks – less than two years||One week|
|Two years – less than five years||Two weeks|
|Five years – less than 10 years||Four weeks|
|10 years – less than 15 years||Six weeks|
|More than 15 years||Eight weeks|
You will need a Personal Public Service number (PPS number) to work in Ireland. It’s a unique reference number that helps you to access social welfare and public services. Irish Tax and Customs use this number to register you for income tax. Your PPS number will help you to access: all social welfare services the Free Travel Pass for people over 66 years of age public health services, including the medical card and the Drugs Payment Scheme child immunisation schemes run by
Your qualifications from home may not be immediately recognised by Irish employers and educational institutions. Looking for work is difficult enough without being thwarted by incompatible qualifications, so it’s important that employers can understand your hard-won credentials. Thankfully, there’s a process in place to help you compare your qualifications with the Irish equivalent. NARIC Ireland holds a database of over one thousand qualifications issued by institutions from around the world. Simply search the database, find your qualification and see how it compares to I