Will I find a job when I come to Ireland?


In a recent post on Ireland’s unemployment rate, the prospect of finding a job in Ireland is very good, even for Non EEA nationals. In this article we will discuss the possibility of finding a job in Ireland. This article will be broken into part time jobs and full time jobs.

Part time 

If you are a Non EEA student you are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week and you will not have a problem finding a part time job. The majority of the jobs are in retail, food and beverage, hotel or childcare (au pair).

For some of these jobs having some experience does help as well as some qualifications such as food safety and manual handling. Often it can be helpful to work a few hours a week for free to get the experience of working in Ireland as well as a reference from a business based in Ireland.

The minimum wage in Ireland is currently €9.55 per hour.

Full time

If you are a non EEA national coming to Ireland to start a career please make sure you have a critical skill in an industry which is not over saturated. The main industries to focus on in Ireland are:

  • Financial Services
  • Web Development
  • Software
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • IT
  • Languages (EU citizen – Specifically German, Dutch, Nordic)

If you focus on these industries it is possible to come to Ireland and grow your career here and become a permanent resident. If you are coming to Ireland to work in the above industries it is highly likely you will find a job. But please note it does require a lot of hard work as there is competition.

You need to treat your job search for a new job like a job. You need to tailor your CV to each job description. When your application gets rejected you need to figure out why and how you can improve your CV. When you fail at an interview question reach out to people on linkedin and ask for their help. A lot of people don’t find a job because the react badly to rejection and as a result they stop looking.

To summarise, the jobs market in Ireland is very good at the moment. You should have little difficulty finding a part time job. If you are looking for a full time job, it really depends on which industry you want to work in. You can look on Irishjobs.ie, indeed.com and linkedin to see how many jobs are available in your area.