Facts About Working In Ireland

Work Permits

In general, non-EEA nationals must have a permit to work in Ireland. EEA and Swiss Nationals do not need an employment permit, except for Bulgarian and Romanian nationals.

Under the Employment Permits Act 2003 and the Employment Permits Act 2006 there are 4 types of employment permits:

  • Work permits
  • Green Card permits
  • Spousal/dependant work permits
  • Intra-company transfer permits

Note: the EEA (European Economic Area) consists of the EU member states together with Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. Find out more…

Income Tax and Allowances

A PPS (Personal Public Service) is an individual’s unique identification number for all dealings with the Public Service, including social welfare, tax, education and health services.

There are two rates of tax in Ireland: 20% on the first earned €33,800 (single person) or €42,800 (married person) and 40% on the remainder of your salary

Each individual has tax credits which is a certain amount of your salary that will be exempt from tax. Please note tax credits vary depending on an individual’s personal circumstances. Find out more…

Social Security Contributions

All employees, whether full-time or part-time, pay PRSI (Pay Related Social Insurance). The PRSI contribution is a percentage of the employee’s earnings. The PRSI contribution goes towards providing State Social and Health Services. Find out more…

Options for Contractors

If you are starting work as a contractor in Ireland you’ll need to work within a Limited Company. You may wish to set up your own Private Limited Company. However there are alternative options that may suit you better.

The main alternative available is to work within an established Umbrella Company. This is a Limited Company that will issue invoices on your behalf and manage your salary payments and associated payroll taxes (PAYE, PRSI and USC). The Umbrella Company handles the administration, tax and salary payments, leaving you free to focus on your assignment. Read more…


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