How Can I Get a Job in Ireland?

Ireland’s economy is booming and more and more foreigners are moving here every day!
No matter where you’re from, you’re guaranteed to find your community here.
And luckily, finding a job in Ireland as a foreigner is a pretty straightforward process.

Coming from the EU, EEA, or Switzerland

Great news for anyone who comes from the EU, EEA, or Switzerland!
If you hold a passport from a country in the EU, EEA, or from Switzerland, your right to live and work in Ireland is the same as it would be in any other country in the EU, EEA, or Switzerland.
You can apply for jobs, find work, and live in Ireland without any formal declaration that you are doing so.
This even includes jobs in the public sector in Ireland, such as the Irish police force and Irish army.
However this does not include jobs in the Irish government.

Coming from a Country Outside the EU, EEA, or Switzerland

People coming from outside the EU, EEA and Switzerland should not be discouraged!
True, the process is a bit more difficult. But is it impossible? Certainly not!
In general coming to Ireland to work and live will require some sort of Work Visa. There are three types of Work Visas:

· Critical Skills Employment Permits
· General Employment Permits
· Third-Level Graduate Scheme Permits

Critical Skills Employment Permits

This is our specialty! The majority of the roles we place fall under Critical Skills, so you’re in good hands if your skills meet any of these criteria.

What is the Critical Skills Employment Permit?

The Critical Skills Employment Permit is a 2-year work visa granted to foreigner workers who possess a skill that’s in demand in the Irish economy. The list of critical skills changes every year, but in general these skills tend to be nursing, healthcare, engineering, and information technology.

You can find the current critical skills list here.

While on this work visa you must meet the following criteria:

· Have a salary above 30,000 euro per year

· Have a job offer of 2+ years from a company in Ireland

RecruitNet handles the process of acquiring a Critical Skills Employment Permit for you by working together with the company who wants to hire you! Together we and your new company will secure your work visa so that all you have to worry about is getting to Ireland and starting your new job!

General Employment Permits

General Employment Permits are similar to Critical Skills Employment Permits. They are offered for 2-years and your annual salary must be over 30,000 euro. What separates the General Employment Permit from the Critical Skills Employment Permit though is that for the general work visa, your sponsoring company must prove to the Irish government why they need you instead of anyone else from the EU.
This can be a difficult task for any Irish business, which is why generally speaking having a skill on the Critical Skills List makes it easier to move to Ireland!

Third-Level Graduate Scheme Permits

A third way to land a work visa in Ireland is to study a third-level graduate degree here. By completing a Master’s Degree or a Doctorate in Ireland you are automatically eligible to remain in the country for 12-months after completing your course to find a job.
Once you get a job, you can transfer your Third-Level Graduate Scheme Permit into a General Employment Permit or Critical Skills Employment Permit depending on what job you get!
Apply to one of our jobs now to kick start the process of finding a job and getting your work visa!