Relocation to Ireland

We know how scary relocation to another country can be. Especially if it’s new to you and you don’t know anyone.

As a Can-Do Recruitment Agency, we want to make sure our candidates have a positive experience when relocating to Ireland. We try to make this experience as easy and as pleasant as possible for the candidates, but also for our clients.

Let’s say you just got that job you really wanted. You had the last interview with the company and they want you. What’s next?

Together with the client, we will agree on a start date that suits you and the company. You will be expected to arrive in Ireland a few days before the start date.


There are a few things you should have in order before coming here…


✓ Documents: Make sure you have with you your ID (national ID, passport, driving licence)

✓ Certificates and Diplomas: Bring with you all certificates you own. Are you an experienced welder? Bring your papers. It’s better to have them all in case of need.

✓ Money: We know you come here for work, but you will be expected to have some pocket money until the first payment goes in.


Things we will sort out together…


✓ Flights: You are generally expected to be here a few days before the start date. Our Recruitment Consultants can help you find the best possible flight for you.

✓ Accommodation: Depending on the contracts we have, accommodation may or may not be provided. Whichever the case is, we will always help you with all the paperwork and provide assistance should you require it.


Cost of living in Ireland…


✓ Food: The prices differ from supermarket to supermarket and from shop to shop. You can shop in Aldi or Lidl where prices are generally lower than in supermarkets like Tesco, Dunnes or Marks&Spencer. However, the range of products is much bigger in the last mentioned supermarkets. There are also a lot of butcher shops and bakeries where you can shop in. You can expect to spend around €50 weekly for food. A meal in a restaurant is around €15-€20/person.

✓ Accommodation: House sharing is generally very common among people who come to Ireland for work. The renting of a house or an apartment will be of course more expensive than that of a room. Prices generally depend on the area you’re looking to rent in. Dublin is more expensive than the rest of the country. But if you want to have a look yourself, check out Daft, Ireland’s biggest property rental website.

✓ Utilities: Depending on where you live, you can pay for electricity, gas, water, bin service and it depends on your usage.

✓ Transport: There are buses and trains who act as links between cities and towns.

For more info on trains, check out IrishRail.

For more info on buses, check out BusEireann.

The most important airports are in Dublin, Cork and Shannon. You can check out the best flight for you on Skyscanner.

✓ Taxes: Taxes differ from individual to individual. For example, someone who is married will be paying different taxes than someone who is single. For more information on the taxes, please click here. 


When you start work…


PPS Number In order to work in Ireland, you will need PPSN (Personal Public Service Number). To apply for PPSN, you will need the following:

٭ ID with photo (national ID, passport)

٭ Proof of address (letter from the landlord OR electricity/gas bill)

You can find more information here.

If you start work without PPSN, you will be on emergency tax until you receive it. It usually takes up to 7 days to receive it. Once you receive your PPSN, you will have to contact your Local Revenue so you can be on normal tax and get back the emergency tax.

Bank Account

Your wages are usually paid direct to your bank account. The biggest banks in Ireland are Bank of Ireland, AIB, Permanent TSB and Ulster Bank. In order to open a bank account, you will need:

٭ ID with photo (passport, national ID)

٭ Proof of address (letter from the landlord OR electricity/gas bill)

٭ Proof of employment (letter from the employer)

The requirements vary from bank to bank, so please check with the bank before you decide to open a bank account. Was this helpful? You can drop us a line here.