Recent news has said Ireland now has an unemployment rate of 6.1%, expected to drop to 5% next year. This is good news if your are looking for a job in Ireland. With unemployment rates so low there are plenty of jobs in Ireland. However, you do have to put in a lot of effort to find a job. More so for part time jobs as a higher percentage are not advertised online and you need to physically leave your CV at the employers location.
If you are a student from a Non EEA country you can legally work 20 hours per week during the academic term and 40 hours per week during your holidays. The current minimum wage in Ireland is €9.25 per hour, one of the highest in Europe. However, please note, the cost of living, particularly Dublin is also much higher than most other European cities. In a year you can earn up to €15,000 and €14,880 after tax. But due to the cost of living you are only surviving and will not be able to save a lot.
You can find most of the part time jobs in Ireland in the following industries:
- Pubs & Bars
- Coffee shops
Where to search
You can search on websites such as gumtree.ie and jobs.ie. Also, a lot of these companies don’t advertise online and instead place an ad in the front window. So you will need to travel around the city. One tip from someone we interviewed was to look outside the city centre where there is less competition eg Dundrum.
Also, a great place to search is your social networks. A lot of people we spoke to found a job because a friend told them about it. So make sure you work on building your social network when you arrive. Websites like meetup.com are a great place to start.
Experience & References
If you are a non native English speaker some employers may have some concerns about your level of English. One tip from another person we spoke to was to work for a few hours for 2 weeks for free in order to have the experience of working in Ireland and also to get a reference. In Ireland it’s very important to have a reference. Often employers will not accept a reference from an employer from abroad. Having experience in Ireland plus a reference will give you a big advantage over others who don’t. Having good level of English is essential.