Working in Ireland



After decades of being an agriculture-dependent economy, Ireland has shifted gears to adapt to the worldwide trend of high-technology industries. The fields of the software industry, pharmaceuticals, and medical technology are some of the major employers in Ireland.

Other key industries with high demand for employment are transport, communications, storage, and energy generation. More jobs are also available in the fields of financial services, e-business, and the services sector. The average number of working hours in Ireland is 39 hours, and this is governed by directives of the European Union. You are entitled to a minimum of four weeks holiday and nine public holidays annually. 

Most jobs have a salary range of 24,000 to 26,000 Euros which compensates for one's living expenses. Business etiquette observed in Ireland is not hugely different from how it is in the United Kingdom. Unlike the rest of Europe, you would find that the Irish are generally friendly and less formal in the workplace.

Economy and Employment

The country is gifted with acres of arable land, and so it is not surprising that Ireland has built its economy on agriculture. However, Ireland has to adapt to current trends to survive, and there has been a shift of focus to a modern economy.

The Irish economy did take a beating from the worldwide financial slump, decreasing the GDP by 3%. With an impressive GDP of 176.9 billion USD as of 2009, Ireland is obviously taking best measures to weather the current financial crisis.

Ireland has a workforce of 2.187 million people, 49% of which are employed in the services sector, 46% are involved in the industries sector, and the remaining 6% are part of the agriculture sector.

Like its other European neighbours, the Emerald Isle has also opened its doors to the high-technology industry. It also continues to thrive with the help of the trade and investment sectors.

Another key employer in Ireland is the export sector. Multinational companies are the major players in this industry, primarily dealing with the manufacture and export of food products, textile, machinery, chemicals, and even transportation equipment. Recently, the construction sector has also greatly contributed to appease the needs of the increasing labour force.


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