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Working in Ireland

Lots of potential on the green island

The situation on the job market

In the 1990s the Irish economy became the fastest growing in Europe. This was accompanied by a large number of new jobs and a low inflation rate, so that the standard of living has also risen consistently. Although the banking crisis in 2008/09 led to a number of problems, the Irish economy then experienced another upswing: at the end of 2017, the unemployment rate was below the European average at 6.2 percent (source: Eurostat).

Irish economic momentum remains very robust, particularly with increased investment, exports and private consumption. In 2014 gross annual earnings in Ireland were around 48,000 euros, but the cost of living, especially in Dublin, is significantly higher than in Germany.

It is now very easy to live and work in Ireland. The job market is modern, innovative and attracts many investors. Ireland is booming, particularly in the pharmaceutical, mechanical engineering and high-tech sectors. There are also numerous offers in the service industry. In the course of the economic upswing and not least because of the call centers that are emerging everywhere, many young people from all over Europe have relocated to Ireland. Medium-sized companies in particular are looking for skilled workers. Although Irish is officially the first official language, the following applies to working in Ireland: English language skills are essential.

Highly qualified workers generally have little chance of finding a job. Still, there is a shortage of chemical, design and production engineers. In the future, there will be a shortage of skilled workers in this area due to the decline in the number of students specializing in electrical engineering. At the “technician” level, there is a lack of production and maintenance technicians. There is also a lack of accounting and tax specialists, insurance statisticians and financial analysts.

Finding a job in Ireland

To be employed in Ireland one must first get a Personal Public Service Number. It can be requested on the website The Department of Labor and Social Security also includes Jobs Ireland. There are also many private recruitment agencies who charge fees for their services. You can find their addresses in the Irish Yellow Pages under the headings "Employment" and "Recruitment". Note, however, that it is not customary for the recruitment fees to be covered by the prospective employer. Here you should find out about the services and costs before using them.

Newspaper ads are very important when looking for a job in Ireland. The Friday editions of newspapers such as "Irish Times", "Irish Independent" and "Irish Examiner" are particularly interesting for specialists and managers. Friday is generally the most important day for job advertisements in Ireland. This also applies to the regional newspapers. A look at the Sunday editions can also be worthwhile ("Sunday Times", "Sunday Independent", "Sunday Tribune"). Workers and employees are traditionally best served by evening newspapers such as the "Evening Herald" or the "Evening Echo".

Those who apply on their own initiative will find the addresses of employers next to the yellow pages in the REGI ("Register of Employers in Ireland") and in the DOGI ("Directory of Opportunities of Graduates in Ireland"). The reference works are available in career counseling centers. The Eures advisor to the European Union is an interesting point of contact for jobs in Ireland.


Applications with diplomas and job references are rather uncommon. You should be cautious about self-portrayal in your résumé, but provide two references. The curriculum vitae is structured in tabular and antichronological terms. Information on employment follows information on training ("education and qualifications"). Additional knowledge ("special skills") and hobbies ("interests") round off the picture, an application photo is only added on request. In addition to the usual job interviews, attitudes and skills tests are also widely used in Ireland.


A residence permit and work permit are not required for EU citizens in Ireland. However, one of the following must be true if you intend to stay in Ireland for more than 90 days:

  • You are employed or self-employed or
  • You have sufficient financial resources as well as health insurance so as not to burden the Irish welfare state or
  • You are a registered student or trainee or
  • You are a family member of a Union citizen who meets one of the previous conditions.

Additional Information:

Information about the Republic of Ireland is available from Citizens Information at the Federal Foreign Office.

Irish Embassy in Berlin
Jaegerstrasse 51
10117 Berlin
Tel .: 0049 30 220 72-0
E-mail: [email protected]

German Embassy in Ireland
31 Trimleston Avenue
County Dublin
Tel .: 00353 1 269 3011
Fax: 00353 1 269 3800


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