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Need to know: Working in Ireland

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Facts and resources when looking at working in Ireland

Coming from the EU/EEA

You do not need an employment permit in order to work legally in Ireland if you are in one of the following categories:

•Citizens of the EEA member states and Switzerland, and their spouses, civil partners and dependants (regardless of their nationality)

•People who have been given leave to remain because they are the spouse, civil partner or parent of an Irish citizen

•Postgraduate students where the work is an integral part of the course of study being undertaken  

Take a look at 'Coming from the EU/EEA to work' for more.


PPS Number

In order to work in Ireland, you need a PPS (Personal Public Service) number. A PPS number is unique to an individual, and is used for identifying individuals for tax and welfare purposes. You cannot apply for your PPS number before you come to Ireland. When applying, you will need either National Identity Card or Passport and proof of residence. Go to for more on PPS numbers and the contact details of the office nearest to where you are (or will be) living.


Paying Tax

When working, you will pay the following tax and social insurance:

PAYE (pay as you earn) - tax which is usually deducted from your earnings by your employer

PRSI (pay related social insurance) - which contributes towards any benefits you may be entitled to

USC (universal social charge) - tax paid on all your income when you earn over €10,036 in a year.


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Working Holidays

AU-Pairing: An Au-Pair is a foreign person who helps with child care and/or light  housework in exchange for room and board. Working as an Au-Pair in Ireland gives you a chance to experience the culture and language in a way you never will as a tourist - not only will you experience typical Irish family life but you also will learn the language and the unique Irish culture.

Rights when working

Minimum wage

A minimum wage of €8.65 per hour applies to a worker over 18 with two years of any working experience, while not in training. See Citizens Information for more details.

Employment law

Check the Citizens Information website for information on working hoursleave entitlements and other areas of employment law. You can also contact Workplace Relations with queries on employment rights.


Trade Unions

It is a constitutional right in Ireland to be able to join a trade union. Irish Congress of Trade Unions is the umbrella body for trade unions. The ICTU site gives information on the trade unions by sector (teachers, trades, engineering etc.)

Paskelbta: T, 22/05/2013 - 15:51

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