The Irish job market is one of the ripest in the European Union. Currently, Ireland is Europe's fastest growing economy, with an incredibly low unemployment rate of 4%. Opportunities for work are enormous especially in the field of information technology. The other areas in which you are most likely to be employed are those of construction and nursing. However, regardless of your level of experience or field of expertise, you are assured a variety of excellent career opportunities in Ireland.
Compared to most other nations, Ireland's immigration laws are relatively relaxed. It is not necessary to obtain a work permit if you are citizen of an EU member country. However, you will need to apply for a residency permit if you intend to be in Ireland for longer than three months. You should do this at the local Garda (police) station when you arrive.
If you are a citizen of a non-European Union country, your employer in Ireland should apply for a work permit on your behalf through the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment. You will need to give your employer two passport photos, your passport details and your personal details (date of birth, address etc) in order for the form to be completed.
> FINDING A JOB
The first place that you should look when searching for work in Ireland, is the Irish Jobs Page on the Internet at www.exp.ie, which is the key to all the information you will need when job hunting. Here you have access to all the jobs listed by Irelands top employers. There is a specific section for graduates as well. Additionally there is the list of all the Irish recruitment firms.
There is a noticeably large amount of I.T. concentrated companies. Here are some of the more useful sites:
- Irelands largest and most informative recruitment web site is www.1-800people.com. It concentrates its employment listings predominantly in Dublin, with additional information on living in Ireland's capital city. The company specialises in recruitment in the fields of information technology, finance, telecommunications, and call centres.
- Additionally, Irish Recruitment Consultants (www.ircon.ie), who are based in two different locations in Dublin, in Cork, Limerick and Dun Laoghare, offer listings of positions requiring multi-lingual skills. In addition, this firm specialises in sales and marketing, technical engineering, human resources, customer services, accountancy, banking and financial services, and information technology.
- One of the best companies specialising in recruiting for information technology positions is Computer Futures (www.computerfutures.ie). It is the market leader in I.T. recruitment in Ireland and is an international company. What makes this web site most unique is the section it has on immigrating to Ireland. It provides information on visas, taxes and perhaps most usefully accommodation. There are links to Irish accommodation and web sites, and is very informative about the current housing situation in various locations around Ireland.
BOND PERSONNEL GROUP: www.bond-personnel.com
BLUE ARROW: www.bluearrow.co.uk
> LOCAL PAPERS
THE IRISH TIMES: www.ireland.com
THE IRISH INDEPENDENT: www.independent.ie
IRISH NEWS: www.irishnews.com
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