Living and Working in Ireland


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Moving to Ireland
So you have decided to relocate and are considering Nursing Jobs in Ireland as a future option for your nursing career. As an EU national you are entitled to work and live in Ireland with no Visa restrictions. As of the 1st of Jan 2012 this is also the case for Nationals of Bulgaria and Romania. If you are not already registered with the Irish Nursing Board (ABA) this should be you first port of call. Please go to our ABA registration page for more details.

Moving to Ireland still has a lot going for it for nurses relocating from overseas, especially if you have a genuine interest in Elderly Care / Geriatric Nursing with in a Nursing Home. This sector is growing rapidly and Nursing Homes Ireland estimated this year that there were at least 500 vacancies at any one time. Combine this with many nurses reaching retirement age, Irish Graduates going overseas for acute care experience and the fact that the average age is increasing the sector is a safe and reliable employer.

Like many other countries – the Irish economy has slowed down after several years of massive growth – but there are now daily signs that the worst is over.

Irish house prices in 2012 have fallen by about 50% from their peak – which is great for anyone looking to buy a house in Ireland. Rents are high when compared to other EU countries but this is normally offset by a higher salary potential with nurses in Ireland being among the highest paid in Europe.

Rent will range anywhere from €300 for a room in shared accommodation to €1400 for a 3 bedroom house and everything in-between.

In Ireland the personal taxation levels are still amongst the lowest in the OECD and or companies relocating to Ireland – the corporation tax is still one of the lowest in the world at 12.5% leading to major companies such as Microsoft, Google, Amazon, EBay ,Face book, HP, and Intel having located their European headquarters in Ireland.

Jobs are not as easy to find in Ireland now as they were 3 or 4 years ago. The construction sector was the main area of slowdown but for nurses looking for a position within our sector we have plenty of opportunities.

We hope you find the information on our site helpful and please contact us with any questions.

Steps to take before arrival (We assist with everything listed, Free of charge)

  1. Nursing Registration
  2. CV and interview prep
  3. Decide where in Ireland
  4. Phone interview
  5. Face to face interview
  6. Receive and accept offer
  7. Confirm arrival date

Steps to take on arrival (We assist with everything listed, Free of charge)

  1. Arrive at airport for meet and greet
  2. PPS number application
  3. On receipt of PPS open Bank Account
  4. Complete 12A form to register for taxes

Whenever possible we will assist with sourcing temporary accommodation for your arrival, this is to ensure that you can feel comfortable that you have somewhere to stay when you first arrive. The cost of this is normally €400 per month and will also require a refundable deposit of between €100 and €400 when you first arrive.

You will be able to stay in this accommodation for as long as you like and it will also give you the time to comfortably source more permanent accommodation and safe the money from your Irish pay cheque in order to pay for it.

For advise on any of the points listed above please contact us directly or request a call back.

Working and Living in Ireland
If you are considering moving to Ireland, you will have lots of questions ranging from employment issues to culture and traditions. We have selected a couple of websites that should answer all of your questions and make your move a little easier!

  • – provides public service information regarding money, tax, justice, consumer affairs, rights and entitlements and lots more.
  • – The official website of the Irish Nurses Organisation. This website will answer all your professional questions from rights and entitlements to salary scales and provide up to date nursing news.
  • – The official website of An Bord Altranais, the Irish Nursing Board. Information regarding professional codes and policies and guidelines for practice are available from this site.
  • – The official website of the National Council for the Professional Development of Nursing and Midwifery. Information regarding professional development, continuing education, career pathway development and clinical research are all available here.