Ultimate Survival Guide: Ireland — All You Need To Know. Part 2: Employment

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How fast and what job will you find depends on you — on your skills, knowledge, level of English etc.

​You can find for all kind of jobs and niches and you can find them almost everywhere — on internet, news papers, social media sites and even shop windows.

​Best and easiest way to start looking for a job is on one of many official job search web sites like jobs.ie or indeed. Web sites like this offer huge range of different job and you can even filter them by location, industry, skills or keyword.​

On ​the websites like these, beside having an option to filter the jobs, you can also create an alert for the desired jobs or industries and they will notify you every time a similar job is posted on the site.

It is a great option to not miss any opportunity. You can also browse the site for tips and tricks in regards to employment. Many useful information is posted on their blog and you can educate yourself on how to prepare for an interview, salary guidance, tax and revenue and similar topics.

1. Emergency tax

You will be taxed on an emergency tax basis when your employer has not received a Revenue Payroll Notification (RPN).

This may occur in case if:

  • you have not provided your employer with a Personal Public Service Number (PPSN)
  • you have not registered your first employment with Revenue.

If you have worked in Ireland previously, you should provide your employer with your PPSN. Your employer can then request an RPN from Revenue in order to make the correct deductions from your pay.

If you are starting your first ever employment in Ireland, you must register your job through myAccount. Once you have successfully registered your job, an RPN will be available to your employer. This will show your total tax credits, tax rate bandand USC rate band.

Your employer can then make the correct tax deductions from your pay, and take you off emergency tax. You can view your tax record on myAccount.


​If you have given your Personal Public Service Number (PPSN) to your employer you will be taxed under normal emergency tax rules. Under these rules you are allowed a single person’s rate band for the first four weeks of employment.

You will be taxed at the standard rate (20%) on income up to the limit of the rate band. Any income above that rate band will be at the higher rate on any income above this.

After four weeks, your full income will be taxed at the higher rate (40%).

The emergency tax rates, rates bands and tax credits are available in Emergency Basis of Tax Deduction.

2. Payslip

Every month, week or every two weeks — depending on the employer and payroll, you will receive an electronic payslip on your email address.

Every payslip will exactly show your worked hours, amount earned and all taxes and reductions.

Payslip Example

3. What is the easiest way to get a job?​

We are all different so there is no unique rule for all, but it is important to have few things in mind that will increase your chance of getting a job.

1. Irish companies value experience — highlight all relevant experience for the position (even if not official, e.g volunteering)

2. English language — I can’t stress enough how this is important. Especially if you want to pursue a career. Start practicing and improving as soon as possible.

3. Thorough​ preparation for interview — be ready for a lot of questions, have ready few examples of past difficult situations and be confident.

4. You are your CV so make it the best it can be — make sure to have a good design and a professional layout without any grammar mistakes or typos.

When it comes to job search I definitely recommend having a great LinkedIn profile​. It is a place where you can look for jobs, follow companies you are interested in, but most importantly where you can get contacted by an agency or a recruiter if they like you profile.

On this link you can find the 31 best LinkedIn profile tips for job seekers​.

If you want to leave a ‘wow’ effect on the employer have a look on the below sites.

Top 10 Job Interview Questions and Best Answers

How to Answer the Most Frequently Asked Interview Questions​​

How to Answer Interview Questions About You

4. Recruitment Agencies ​in Ireland

(Not an extensive list)

Priority Placements

Wallace Myers​​

People Group

Harvey Nash




Morgan McKinley

Life Science

Irish Recruitment

HRM Recruit

Orange Recruitment

Three Recruitment



Bond Personnel


Michael Page

Job Contax

MCR Group

Maria Logan Recruitment

Noel Group

Cotter Personnel

The Firm Hospitality

MSS Recruitment

CLS Recruitment


Sigmar Recruitment

Lincoln Recruitment

Benson Associate

Approach People

Web Recruit Ireland

GHL Recruitment

HR Search

Software Placements

CPL Healthcare

Quest Recruitment

Grafton Recruitment

Adecco Dublin

Eden Recruitment

5. List of web sites for a job search​

(Again, not a full list of every available website, even though I tried to cover as much industries as I could find)











































6. ​Bonus​

Reference Letters are very important for the employer. In most cases you will need to provide at least one reference from your previous job and in some cases even three.

Before arriving to Ireland try to get at least two reference letters from your last employers. Make sure they are written on English and that the person speaks English, as the references are frequently checked. have them ready and attached to your CV at all times.

If you have any other relevant document that is not a reference but can help with with getting a job, include it also with your CV.

In the next part (part 3. Documentation) of this Guide I will write about what documents you will need to have/obtain:

  1. Before leaving your country

2. ​For PPS number​

3. ​For accommodation

4. To open a bank account

5. To enroll your child for school

6. ​List of useful forms

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