WORKING IN IRELAND
If you are looking for work in Ireland:-
- Visit the Public Employment Website www.jobsireland.ie for details of employment opportunities in Ireland. It also links to job vacancies in Europe through the EURES Jobs portal www.eures.europa.eu.
- The Department of Social Protection also provides a network of Intreo offices in all main towns and cities which advertise job vacancies. Intreo is a one-stop shop for all employment and income supports. You can get job-seeking advice, information on EURES services, vacancies and income support all in one place. A list of the offices can be found on www.welfare.ie. Each office operates a “self-service facility” where you can access details of job vacancies registered with the Department of Social Protection.
What is a Personal Public Service Number (PPSN) and do I need it?
Your Personal Public Service Number (PPSN) is a unique reference number that helps you access public services, information and financial supports. It is the equivalent of the National Insurance number in Northern Ireland. You will need a PPSN to register with Intreo/Employment services and for the Revenue Commissioners when you start work in Ireland.
To apply for a PPSN visit: http://www.welfare.ie/en/Pages/Personal-Public-Service-Number-How-to-Apply.aspx. If you are a frontier worker, i.e. living in Northern Ireland and are working in Ireland, you apply for a PPS number in the normal way at a designated PPS Registration Centre.
Starting a Business
If you are starting a business, City and County Enterprise Boards provide supports for the development of local businesses. You can find more information about their seminars and start your own business course on www.enterpriseboards.ie
Your rights as a worker
If you work in Ireland you will normally have the following basic rights:
- To be paid the national minimum wage – for more information visit www.jobsguide.ireland
- Not to have unlawful deductions from your wage
- To working hours and holidays in line with legislation
- To join a Trade Union
- To Health and Safety Protection
- Rights relating to Pregnancy
Further information is available from the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Innovation www.DJEI.ie.
You may not be discriminated against on grounds of gender, marital status, family status, age, race, religion or political beliefs, disability, sexual orientation or membership of the Traveller Community. The Non-discrimination legislation applies to all aspects of employment including the recruitment process and access to training.
If you have an issue with discrimination in the workplace or with a service in Ireland please visit https://www.ihrec.ie/your-rights/can-we-help/.