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Overview of Ireland

Ireland is located in the north-west of Europe, just off the coast of Great Britain and is known as the Emerald Isle. It is the 20th largest island in the world and is home to more than 6.4 million people. The island is known for its beautiful green countryside and its hilly geography with numerous plains and rivers. Its currency is the Euro. The official language is both English and Irish. Northern Ireland is governed by the United Kingdom while the rest of Ireland is an independent nation.

The Irish are not very time conscious but will usually not be more than 15 minutes late to a meeting. This relaxed attitude towards time also applies to deadlines in business. The Irish dress smart and conservative at work but are not big on flashy colours. A raincoat is a must in Ireland and one should not leave the house without one.

Currency of Ireland

  • Euro

Health Insurance and the Social Security system of Ireland

All residents of Ireland are entitled to receive health care through the public health care system. This is managed by the Health Service Executive and is funded through general taxation and subsidised fees. One can also get private health-care in Ireland. Once covered, many of the public health services are free of charge but in some cases, there may be a fee.

If one falls under a specific income limit, one receives a medical card, which entitles one to a range of health services free of charge. If ones income is above the limit, one has to pay for GP (General Practitioner) visits. Children under 6 and those aged over 70 receive a GP Visit Card without an income test.

Employer cost of Ireland

The cost for an employer to hire someone in Ireland is 11.05% on top of the gross salary.

Salary and bonuses of Ireland

In Ireland, employees are paid either weekly or monthly.

Commissions, incentives, and bonuses are variable and will be agreed upon directly with the employer.

Public Holidays in Ireland

In Ireland, there are 9 public holidays.

  • January 1st – New Years Day
  • March 17th – St. Patrick’s Day
  • Monday after Easter Sunday – Easter Monday
  • First Monday in May – May Day
  • First Monday in June – June Holiday
  • First Monday in August – August Holiday
  • Last Monday in October – October Holiday
  • December 25th – Christmas
  • December 26th – Boxing Day

Working Hours in Ireland

Regular working hours in Ireland are from 9am till 5:30pm. A work week is 39 hours long. A work week cannot exceed 48 hours.

Ireland does not have statutory overtime pay. Any possible overtime compensation should be negotiated and decided upon in advance within the contract if there is the possibility of overtime.

Vacation in Ireland

In Ireland one is entitled to 20 days of vacation (4 weeks).

Sick Leave in Ireland

Under Irish employment law, an employer has no obligation to pay staff who are on sick leave. However, employers can decide on their own policy and may decide to pay employees who are out sick. An employer must give an employee a written information in regards to their sick leave policy.

If one cannot work due to being sick or injured, one can apply to the Department of Social Protection (DSP) for a payment called Illness Benefit. To be eligible, one has to have enough PRSI contributions.

Termination/Severance in Ireland

When terminating an employee in Ireland, one is bound to specific notice periods. If an employee has been with the company consecutively between 13 weeks and 2 years, the notice period is 1 week. From 2 to 5 years, the notice period is 2 weeks. 5 to 10 years it is 4 week, 10 to 15 years it is 6 weeks and over 15 years it is 8 weeks. An employee can be dismissed without a notice period due to misconduct.

A severance pay is required to be paid. For every year of service an employee receives 2 weeks gross pay. A ceiling for the payment calculation exists and it is 600€ per week. Statutory redundancy payments are exempt from tax. A different agreement may be reached with one’s employer in a written agreement but it may not be lower than the above.