Dublin is an attractive city for both innovative startups and global companies. This also means that it’s a great place to find exciting job opportunities and develop your career. Here, we introduce some essential things you should know about working in Dublin.

Salary levels are above the European average

While the cost of living in Dublin can be high, the good news is that salaries here are also higher than other parts of Europe.

Statistics from Eurostat indicate that salaries here in Ireland are above the European average. At the end of 2020, the average weekly wage was around €845. This figure has been consistently rising too.

To find out what you can expect to be paid in your specific industry, check out our dedicated article on salaries in Ireland.

Full-time workers receive 20 paid holidays each year

While working in Dublin is a great experience, so is the time you get to spend travelling Europe and exploring the rest of the island.

Every day you work contributes toward your paid annual leave. So a full-time worker can expect to receive around four weeks off each year. This is in addition to any days off for public holidays or sick leave. You can find out more about the basics of employment law in Ireland here.

Multinationals employ 250,000 people

In early 2020, employment among Ireland’s multinational companies hit a record high. With the number of roles rising by over 14,000, the total number of people working in the multinational sector hit a quarter of a million.

With many tech, pharma and financial services companies basing their European headquarters in Dublin, the city benefits from many of these opportunities. Google, which has its European headquarters in Dublin, has a workforce of around 7,000. While both Amazon and Facebook employ around 5,000 workers.

You can find opportunities directly on their websites. Alternatively, you can check popular Irish job search sites like Jobs.ie, IrishJobs.ie, Indeed and Monster.ie for a range of openings.

Ireland issues over 16,000 employment permits annually

The number of non-Irish people working in Dublin is on the rise. While those from countries within the UK, the EU and the EEA don’t need a visa or employment permit to work here, people from outside of these areas do.

In 2020, 16,419 employment permits were issued to workers from across 120 different countries. This was slightly higher than 2019’s figures and continues a trend of growth. The majority of employment permits were issued to people from India, Brazil, Pakistan, the US, China, the Philippines, Sudan and South Africa.

You can find out more about Irish immigration visas here. You may also want to read up on skilled worker immigration and the recognition of foreign qualifications in Ireland.

Below, you’ll find out more about what you can expect from working in Dublin. From work culture and lifestyle, through to visa requirements and tax, we’ve got all the most important details covered.

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