Jobs in Ireland

The Eurozone crisis has had a huge impact on the Irish Republic with the nation’s economy being ravaged by debt and needing a hefty bailout from the International Monetary fund and Europe. Finding employment has now become more difficult than in every other European country except for Portugal, Spain and Greece.  It is thought that up to 50 people apply for every available position making competition exceptionally fierce.

As well as a struggling jobs market Ireland was named as one of the five countries where the jobs situation is expected to worsen in the near future.

Work permits

Citizens of the European Union have the right to enter, live and work in Ireland without the need for a work permit providing they have a valid passport or national identity card.

Searching for work

As mentioned earlier the Irish jobs market is deeply saturated with competition for jobs being extremely fierce. Even low paid unskilled jobs are being fought for by Irish citizens desperate to find work. With so many native Irish struggling for jobs an outsider may be at an instant disadvantage. If you are determined to find work then you will need to utilise every tool available to hand if you are to succeed.

Irish Newspapers - It’s a good idea to get your hands on as many local and national newspapers as possible as these will contain job sections. Job adverts tend to be published on set days of the week with for example the Irish independent advertising on Thursdays.

Recruitment agencies  - Companies such as Reed can prove invaluable for helping you find a job in your chosen field. Using the help of a professional agency could lead you to jobs that would otherwise not be advertised elsewhere and the advice they offer can help you with your CV and interviewing technique.

Internet searches – Most of the leading Irish newspapers have websites aimed at job-seekers.

Employment offices – Visit your local FÁS office in Ireland. Jobs on offer are mainly non-professional, skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled.

Casual work- These jobs are often advertised in shop windows, in shopping centres, through daily Irish newspapers and through employment agencies. While many of these jobs do not require any specific professional qualifications, it is advisable to bring evidence of any educational standards (such as secondary school certificates, diplomas, and degrees) you have attained with you to Ireland. It is also useful to bring an up-to-date résumé/CV in the English language with you as you may be requested to supply information on any experience or expertise you may have.

Professional/skilled work – Finding a career job in Ireland will involve a little more planning than looking for casual work. While a career job may take a little