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How to Find a Job after Moving to Ireland

So, you’re moving to the land that gave us Samuel Beckett, James Joyce & Guinness? Needless to say, you’re in for a treat. Ireland’s the place that has it all: beautiful natural landscapes, fantastic art & culture, and a history that would animate even the most indifferent of folks. Oh, and let’s not forget wonderful music that seems to amaze people in each corner of the world. Nowadays, there is no country without its own Irish (punk) band. Anyway, besides everything we’ve mentioned above (stuff you’re probably aware of already), you might wonder how one can find a job after moving to Ireland? If that’s the case, you’re in luck. We’ll show you everything there’s to know about the subject. Stick around!

A foreword

Even though the island isn’t so big, there’s a big heart pounding in each Irish citizen. They’re widely known for their hospitality, and you probably won’t have any trouble finding a gig after moving to Ireland. Besides the wholeheartedness of residents, Ireland enjoys something you’d call a favorable economic climate, which means there’s a lot of optimism in today’s Irish job market. Additionally, it should mean that companies are putting in quite an effort to attract and retain talent. Also, it’s not that necessary to organize employment and accommodation before arriving on the island. Still, it could prove helpful if you start the process in advance as much as possible. Since you’re reading this text, you’re already doing yourself a big favor. So, shall we get started on how to find a job after moving to Ireland?

Are you an EU resident?

As an EU resident, you’ll want to know that you can apply for any job vacancy in Ireland, even those in the public sector. When applying for work, EU nationals have the same treatment as other Irish-born job candidates. Also, there’s another benefit of coming from an EU country: you’ll receive access to EURES (European Employment Services) advisers. There are specially trained placement officers who work there in EURES. This European job mobility portal began as a co-operation job network between the European Commission and the public employment services of the EEA (European Economic Area) members. These advisers offer any information and advice to potential job seekers at no cost, which is undoubtedly good. Lastly, EU and EEA nationals can stay in Ireland and look for work even if they’re unemployed at the time. They can transfer their unemployment benefits from their home countries.

What about non-EU residents?

Now, if you’re a non-EU resident, you’ll need to acquire a work permit. The Irish Department of Jobs, Enterprise, and Innovation is the right place to look for these permits. You’ll need to submit the offer of employment. Also, you’ll want to know that an Irish work permit lasts for two years and, of course, can be renewed after that. There’s also a little something that was called the Green Card. It’s basically critical skills permit that applies to skilled and experienced ex-pats that can significantly contribute to the Irish labor force. You’ll need to have a proposed salary of above €60k annually to be eligible for this permit.

A quick non-work-related tip

Let’s pause the article for a bit of advice you’ll probably find helpful. Also, let’s say there’s no time to waste once you’ve moved to another country. If you didn’t find a gig in advance, you’d have to invest some time in finding one. That said, one shouldn’t waste time forever unpacking. In other words: you’ll want to speed up the process and get it done quickly. Anyway, you’ll do yourself a big favor by labeling boxes before you hit the road. That way, you’ll handle the whole process without much stress. Okay, so we can now continue talking about finding a job after moving to Ireland.

A PPS number

You’ll also need to obtain a PPS number. Why? Well, because it’s also a requirement to work in this beautiful country. The thing is: your employers will pay tax and social security contributions on your behalf using this unique reference number. You can apply for it through the Department of Social Protection.

What about qualifications?

You might wonder how one checks their own professional qualification with the Irish branch of a professional body in question? Nothing to worry about! In Ireland, there’s a center called Quality and Qualifications Ireland. You’ll want to know that this center is a database of international qualifications. 

Where to look for a job in Ireland?

Now that you know basic details about what you need to have to find a job in Ireland let’s see where you can look for it.

The old-school way (newspapers)

You’ll want to start by browsing Irish newspapers. They’re a fantastic source of info regarding the let’s-find-a-job process. Anyway, if there are any vacant positions, they’re advertised on certain days. For instance, The Irish Times features job posts on Fridays. On the other hand, the Irish Independent does the same on Thursdays. Luckily, most of these also have websites specially designed for job seeker.

Job portals

Of course, the newspapers are only the beginning. You’ll also want to browse internet job portals such irishjobs.ie or stepstone.ie. There’s no need to emphasize the fact that most companies now recruit online, especially those in the IT sector.

Recruitment consultancy agencies?

These are a good choice for folks looking to fill vacant executive or professional positions (in dentistry, for example). Even if you still haven’t applied for permission to relocate and live in Ireland, these agencies will assist you. If you’re looking for a job in the government department or public body, feel free to contact the Commission for Public Service Appointments. You’ll want to know that they handle all the recruitment for the government, including the public bodies we’ve also mentioned.

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