Job in Ireland: where to look for vacancies and high salaries

There are many different types of jobs available to foreign workers in Ireland. Within each industry, there are different positions with corresponding salary levels.

Salary levels in Ireland:

  • Minimum wage: €10.50 per hour (2023)
  • Working in shops: €1,800 to €3,000 per month
  • Freight transport jobs: €2,000 to €4,000 per month
  • Bus or tram driver jobs: from €2,000 to €4,000 per month
  • Taxi driver job: from 1,500 to 3,000 euros per month
  • Work in a nursing home: €1,800 to €2,500 per month
  • Gardener’s job: from €2,000 to €2,500 per month
  • Work as a loader: €1,800 to €2,500 per month
  • Construction work: from 2,500 to 3,500 euros per month
  • Electrician, plumber, etc.: 3000 to 4000 euros per month
  • Work as a cleaner: from 1700 to 2500 euros per month
  • Nanny work: from 1200 to 2400 euros per month
  • Work at the port: loader from 10.5 to 16 euros per hour, other jobs from 3,000 to 4,000 euros per month.
  • Work in information technology: from 2500 to 9000 euros per month
  • Work in health care: from 2100 to 5000 euros per month
  • Jobs in finance: from 2200 to 6000 euros per month.
  • Work in hospitality (hotels): from 2,000 to 3,500 euros per month
  • Work in education: from 2200 to 4000 euros per month.

In addition, salary levels can depend on many factors such as level of experience, qualifications, region, company size, etc.

People working in Dublin or other large cities may receive higher salaries than those working in smaller towns or rural areas.

The official sites for finding jobs in Ireland are:

  1. JobsIreland (www.jobsireland.ie) is the official site of the Irish Employment Department (Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection), which provides information on job vacancies and support services for finding a job in Ireland. There are also sections with information on rights and benefits for the unemployed.
  2. PublicJobs (www.publicjobs.ie) is a job search site for government agencies and public services.
  3. Indeed (www.ie.indeed.com) is the largest job search site in the world and also lists job vacancies in Ireland.
  4. IrishJobs (www.irishjobs.ie) is one of the most popular job search sites in Ireland, where you can find thousands of jobs across the country.
  5. Jobs.ie (www.jobs.ie) is another major job search site that provides vacancies at all levels.
  6. Monster (www.monster.ie) is an international job search site that offers jobs in a variety of fields.
  7. LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com) is a social network for professional contacts that also offers job listings and the ability to network with employers.
  8. Glassdoor (www.glassdoor.ie) is a site that provides information on salaries, employer reviews and job vacancies in various fields.
  9. RecruitIreland (www.recruitireland.com) is another job search site where you can find vacancies in a variety of sectors.
  10. JobsDoneDeal (www.jobsdonedeal.ie) is a site that provides a list of job vacancies in Ireland.
  11. Careerjet.ie (www.careerjet.ie) is a job search site for jobs in Ireland. It collects job adverts from many other sites and aggregates them on its platform.

What professions are in demand in Ireland

1. Health professionals – doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other health professionals. To work as a nurse in Ireland, you must be licensed and registered with the Irish Medical Council. In addition, employers may also require additional qualifications and experience in the relevant field.

2. There is a demand for workers in nursing homes in Ireland. Due to a rapidly ageing population and an increasing number of elderly people, there has been an increase in demand for healthcare workers, including nursing home workers, in recent years.

3 There is also a demand for plumbers and electricians. There is a national shortage of skilled workers in these fields, especially with the growth of the construction and renovation industry. To work as a plumber or electrician in Ireland, you may need a qualification certificate and/or registration with the relevant professional organisations. Some employers may also require a certain level of experience in the trade.

4. There is a need for bus, tram and lorry drivers in Ireland. These occupations are in demand in a variety of sectors including public transport, logistics and construction.To work as a driver in Ireland, you will need a valid driving licence as required by the Irish government. In addition, some employers may also require a certain level of driving experience and additional professional qualifications such as CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence) certificates.

5. There is a demand for skilled builders, particularly those who specialise in new build and refurbishment of residential and commercial premises. There is currently a shortage of construction workers in Ireland, so the government is actively encouraging the construction industry and offering various programmes and incentives for those who want to work in this field. In order to work as a construction worker in Ireland, you need to have the relevant qualifications and experience. In most cases, employers will require certificates and licences for certain types of work such as electrical work, pipework and others.

6. There is a need for workers in the hotel business. These can be restaurant staff, bartenders, baristas, concierges, cleaners, administrative staff, room service masters, etc. Tourism is one of Ireland’s key industries and there are many different types of hotels, from small family run inns to large luxury resorts, which means that there are many job opportunities in this area depending on skill level and experience.

7. There is a demand for airport workers in Ireland as Ireland has several major airports such as Dublin Airport, Cork Airport and Shannon Airport which serve millions of passengers each year. There are many different types of jobs at airports including passenger check-in, security, maintenance, baggage handling, transport management, culinary services, etc. In addition, airports often require specialised professionals such as aviation engineers, air traffic controllers and other specialists.

8. Jobs in ports in Ireland are also in demand, especially in major ports such as Dublin, Cork and Belfast. These ports are significant to the Irish economy and provide transport services for many companies. The ports require various trades such as warehouse workers, loaders, crane operators, ship mechanics and maintenance technicians, sea captains, logisticians, project managers and traffic management workers.

In addition to the professionals listed above, also in demand in Ireland are:

1. IT specialists: software developers, information security specialists, system analysts, etc.

2. Programmers and game developers: Ireland is one of the centres of game development in Europe and there are many large game studios there.

3. Financial experts: financial analysis specialists, accountants, auditors and financial advisors.

4. Marketing and advertising experts: marketing managers, copywriters, designers, etc.

5. Specialists in the field of tourism and hospitality: hotel managers, hotel administrators, guides, etc.

6. Teachers and research teachers in science and technology: universities and research institutes in Ireland have an excellent reputation in the world, and they are looking for talented researchers.

7. Health and social work professionals: in addition to nurses and workers in nursing homes, Ireland also needs doctors, psychologists, social workers and other professionals in this field.

8. Engineering professionals: Ireland is a centre of the high-tech industry, so engineers in electronics, mechanics, aerospace engineering and other fields are in demand.

Please also pay attention in your contract to the terms and conditions of accommodation, or to finding a house or flat in Ireland to live in.

How to get a job in Ireland if you are an EEA citizen

If you are an EU citizen, you have the right to move freely and work in Ireland without the need for a visa or work permit. However, you will still need to follow a number of steps to get a job in Ireland:

  1. Applying: You can either apply for jobs directly through websites where they have been advertised, or you can apply directly to employers.
  2. Preparing a CV and cover letter: You should prepare a professional CV and cover letter (in Ireland, references are important) in English. This will help employers realise that you are suitable for the job you are applying for.
  3. Interview: If your application is accepted, you will be invited for an interview. This can be in-person or virtual (via Zoom, Skype or other platforms).
  4. Paperwork: If you have received a job offer, you may need to complete some paperwork such as a contract, a P45 form and a PPS (Personal Public Service) number.
  5. Moving: Once you have secured a job, you can move to Ireland. If you plan to live in Ireland for more than three months, you will need to register with your local GNIB (Civilian Police and Borders Ireland) office.

It is important to know that having English language skills can be a key factor in successfully finding a job in Ireland. It is also important to be aware that job search procedures can take several months, so it is advisable to start the process as soon as possible.

Jobs for non-EEC citizens in Ireland

In this case, an employer who employs non-EEC nationals is usually responsible for processing a work permit in Ireland. Therefore, it is more appropriate to look for jobs on official websites, on your own or contact Irish employment agencies that can help find vacancies and organise the employment process for foreign workers.

In general, the employment market in Ireland is considered to be quite dynamic and relatively stable. The country has one of the highest employment rates in Europe, which means that many sectors of the economy are constantly looking for new workers.

However, it is worth bearing in mind that there is competition in the labour market for the most sought after and highest paid jobs, especially in the capital city, Dublin. Therefore, to successfully find a job in Ireland, you need to have competitive skills, good language skills and relevant qualifications. And of course pay attention to the pros and cons of living in Ireland.

It is also worth considering that some industries, such as tourism and hospitality, may have seasonal fluctuations in demand for workers, so finding a job in these industries may be easier during certain periods of the year.

The labour market in Ireland offers many employment opportunities, particularly in the IT, medical and finance sectors, and is growing rapidly, opening up new opportunities for workers.

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