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Given that 42% of Ireland’s GDP is accounted for by Dublin, it is hardly surprising that most expats choose to move to the Irish capital. The variety of sectors also contributes to the number of expats in the city. Read our guide on Dublin to learn more about work permits, the job search, and more.
Although Ireland's economic future used to be brighter, business in Dublin still has potential.

Specialists Wanted

Your chances of employment in Ireland are best if you have qualifications in an occupation which Ireland lacks specialists in, and if you are able to secure a well-paying job. A list of key occupations in which Ireland is recruiting highly skilled expat personnel includes healthcare professionals, engineers, ICT specialists, researchers, and scientists.

Employment Permit Requirements

If you are from outside the EEA and Switzerland, you will need to apply for an employment permit in order to work in Dublin. The list of occupations that are not eligible for an employment permit in Ireland is unfortunately quite a bit longer than it used to be prior to the crisis. The blacklist of ineligible trades includes work in the tourism sector, many different crafts, retail, domestic sphere, and childcare, among others. If you are employed in one of the occupations on this list, you might want to look for another expat destination.

Generally speaking, you have to make more than 30,000 EUR annually to even be allowed to take up employment in Ireland. And although costs of living and housing have fallen considerably since the crisis began, a lower salary is probably not very desirable in a city like Dublin anyway. Your chances of getting an employment permit (or its “deluxe edition”, the Critical Skills Employment Permit) are best if you earn more than 60,000 EUR per year. For more in-depth information about Irish employment permits, you can read our guide to moving to Ireland.

Your First Step: The Job Search Itself

Nowadays, there are many job application websites to help you in the initial phase of your job hunt. You will find a wide variety of jobs based in Dublin, as well as the rest of Ireland, on sites such as Jobsin Dublinjobs.ie and Monster. You may, of course, consider traveling to Ireland — visa permitting — to carry out your job search on location. This will enable you to apply in person and recruiters might admire your initiative, but you need not worry if you either cannot get a visa or do not have the time to do this.

Labor Market Needs Test

There is still a possibility that you might not get the job of your dreams even if you came to an agreement with your employer. The compulsory Labor Market Needs Test requires companies to advertise vacancies with the FÁS and EURES employment networks (the national and European network, respectively) for eight weeks. Additionally, the vacancy has to be advertised in the local media — e.g. newspapers — for six days. Only if nobody from Ireland or the EEA is fit for the job, is the employer allowed to consider applicants with other nationalities.


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