Employment Rights

Similar to many European countries, Irish employment law has become increasingly regulatory over the past number of years. If you are working in Dublin both you and your employer are subject to a number of employment laws but the onus of these is to ensure that the worker is protected. These laws govern employee entitlements in areas such as contracts of employment, working hours, annual and protected leave, and health & safety in the workplace.

The Employment Equality Acts 1998–2015 prohibits discrimination in a wide range of employment and employment-related areas. These include recruitment and promotion; equal pay; working conditions; training or experience; dismissal and harassment including sexual harassment. For more information, please see citizensinformation.ie


Most employees in Ireland are liable to pay tax of some form on any earnings made. Under the Irish system of taxation, Pay As You Earn (PAYE), your employer will calculate the amount due for Income Tax, Pay Related Social Insurance (PRSI) and the Universal Social Charge (USC), and deduct this from your salary/wage payments on each payday. For full information on the various different taxes, rates and income thresholds, please see citizensinformation.ie