How to Find a Job in Ireland
People from across the globe have long been drawn to Ireland for its gorgeous landscapes, storied history, rich culture and friendly people. But as a foreigner who wishes to live in the Emerald Isle, what are the career opportunities like?
The economy in Ireland is going strong. In fact, the country boasts the fourth-highest GDP in the world on a per-capita basis.
Several industries that have enjoyed significant growth in recent years — meaning skilled professionals in these areas are in demand — include pharmaceutical and medical technology, software and information and computer technology, and financial services. Experts say these fields will continue to thrive down the road. They also anticipate a rise in other areas, including digital marketing and social media, tourism and hospitality, business, languages and anything related to climate change. So, no matter what field you are in, you will find job opportunities.
Finding and securing a job in Ireland might seem like an overwhelming process. Relocate, an independent marketplace for global migration, provides channels to connect directly with qualified Irish Advisors to help simplify the process and walk you through the steps.
Visa and Immigration Requirements for Ireland
Before coming to Ireland, workers from non-European Union countries, the United States or other parts of the world must first apply for and receive immigration permission to stay in the country. Several types of work visas are offered to foreigners in Ireland through the Department of Jobs, Enterprise, and Innovation, including:
General Employment Permit
Those who aren’t from the U.K., an EU member state, or who aren’t a Swiss national need to apply for some sort of visa before coming to Ireland, and this is one option for jobs where there’s a labor shortage in Ireland. More specifically, this permit allows you to work in any field facing a labor shortage in Ireland or in positions that pay at least €30,000 annually.
Critical Skills Employment Permit
This visa is offered to highly skilled workers in specific fields facing a short supply in the labor market, such as information and computer technology professionals and engineers. Work with an independent Advisor on Relocate to discover eligible occupations and specific requirements.
Contract for Service Employment Visa
These visas are for individuals working contract positions ranging from six months to five years. You must be registered with the Office of the Revenue Commissioners and be paid a minimum of €40,000 a year, and the position should meet the Labour Market Needs Test.
Working Holiday Agreement Permission
This agreement between Ireland and the United States allows Irish and U.S. citizens to work and travel freely between the two countries for up to 12 months.
Intra-Company Transfer Employment Permit
This permit is geared toward employees of multinational companies who have worked for them for at least six months and are transferring to an Irish branch of the corporation.
Reactivation Employment Visa
This visa is for non-EEA citizens who came to Ireland on an employment visa but became undocumented through no fault of their own or were treated poorly by an employer.
Immigrant Investor Programme
This program offers a number of investment options for approved non-EEA investors and their immediate families. It allows them to stay in Ireland for up to five years with a possible renewal. The four areas of investment under this program are Enterprise Investment, Investment Fund, Real Estate Investment Trust, and Endowment. Approved investments must benefit the public interest and bring jobs to Ireland. It must also be funded solely by your own money — so you can’t use any loans or credit — and you must have a minimum net worth of €2 million.
Start-up Entrepreneur Programme
This program is designed to encourage non-EEA citizens just starting to bring their business ideas and enterprises to Ireland. Minimum funding of €50,000 is required for this program, which also offers 12-month immigration permission to individuals participating in incubators or innovation boot camps and mentoring programs leading up to their STEP applications. STEP also allows those accepted into the program and their families to stay in the country for up to five years.
What to Consider Before Your Ireland Job Search
If you are serious about working and living in Ireland, there is a lot to consider before you start your job search. Below are some key topics to keep in mind before you make your move.