Living and working in Ireland
Ireland is a charming country with a wonderful blend of the modern and the historic. The people are famously welcoming and friendly, and despite it being a very traditional country it is also home to a number of contemporary industries including many tech firms.
Rural Ireland is truly beautiful, and so it may be worth considering living outside of the major cities and commuting should you wish to take full advantage. Transport links are generally good near the main cities. Dublin is the capital and the main hub for expats with its many bars, contemporary leisure facilities and culture hotspots, but there is plenty to offer in Cork, Dundalk and beyond too. Dublin tends to have a younger population with a more lively nightlife, so families may wish to look elsewhere, depending on your chosen industry.
Jobs in Ireland
There are a number of major businesses across Ireland that employ thousands of people in the country, including in admin, media and field sales, telesales, as well as customer support roles. The major cities are also home to a large number of digital businesses across various IT sectors, with tech support and business development professionals often in high demand.
Finding accommodation in Ireland
It’s easy to find good accommodation when you’re moving to Ireland. The easiest way to search before arriving in the country is to use a website like Daft.ie or Property.ie. These will have hundreds of listings for city centre accommodation, and alternatives on the outskirts should you choose lower rent and a commute. Alternatively, you can visit estate agent offices when you visit or try local newspapers for classified ads. In many of the smaller cities like Cork and Dundalk, rent is relatively cheap, but in Dublin, it is a lot higher – compensated for with higher salaries.
Permits and taxes when working in Ireland
If you’re a member of an EEA country, then you don’t need to apply for a work permit to enter Ireland. However, if you’re planning on moving from a country outside Europe, then you may struggle – the immigration policies were tightened following the 2008/9 economic crisis, and now Irish citizens and members of EEA states (and Switzerland) take priority.
Anything you earn in the Republic of Ireland is liable to be taxed. If you’re employed by a company, your tax will be taken using the PAYE system, with taxes automatically deducted from your wage. There are two tax bands to be aware of. Individuals earning up to 32,800 EUR, married couples or those in a civil partnership earning up to a joint 41,800 EUR, will be taxed at 20%. Any earnings above these are taxed at 40%. You’re exempt from paying tax if you’re aged 65 or over and are single or widowed, up to a maximum 18,000 EUR.