Why did you move to Dublin

Living and working in Dublin

Dublin is the capital of Ireland, so it's a great area to live and work in. The city attracts with a breathtaking landscape around it and with a beautiful city center that attracts thousands of tourists from all countries every year. But not only tourists, also students come to Dublin to settle there. Therefore, in addition to a breathtaking landscape and beautiful architecture, Dublin also offers a pulsating night and music life. The city is by no means only attractive for tourists and students: Dublin also has a lot of job offers for Germans.

Working in Dublin

Job vacancies and job market

Ireland has a low unemployment rate and low corporate tax. The latter in particular makes Ireland a popular location for many international companies such as Apple and Paypal. Since many Irish-based companies are also represented on the German market, there is a high need for German-speaking staff. The career opportunities for Germans are therefore enormous, especially in Shared Service Centers (SSC) and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO). These types of firms typically offer positions in customer service, HR, finance and accounting, and IT services. An SSC in the IT area, for example, processes all information technology tasks centrally so that the other departments in the company do not have to do this. In the case of BPO, this service would be external to the company.

Examples of companies that organize SSCs or BPOs are McKinsey & Company, Accenture, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ernst & Jung. The advantages of an SSC / BPO employment are as diverse as the work itself. As a rule, you have contact with people from different countries. Furthermore, the advancement and promotion in this industry is quite rapid. The salary is relatively high and it is also quite easy to move from one company to another once you have gained enough experience.

Application in Dublin

The application should always contain a cover letter and a résumé (CV). The résumé is the be-all and end-all of an application in Ireland. It should be one or two pages long and in English, even if you are applying for a German-speaking position. Other documents, such as certificates, should also be translated. It is advisable to hire an official translator. You can also visit the NARIC database for an overview of German qualifications with the corresponding Irish qualifications.

Working atmosphere in the workplace

The Irish are open-hearted and naturally curious, witty and very hospitable. The most important thing in the workplace is a relaxed atmosphere. The Irish shouldn't be rushed. That doesn't mean the Irish don't work hard, on the contrary. But a lot of value is placed on a lifestyle that is as stress-free as possible, in which you can still find time for friends and family and activities in your free time. The family is particularly important in Ireland. Furthermore, the Irish tend to remain calm and improvise in crisis situations.

Labor law in Dublin

The minimum wage in Ireland is € 9.55 an hour. However, the wage for German-speaking employees is significantly higher, especially in international companies. This enables a high standard of living. Weekly working hours of 37 to 40 hours are common. The weekly working time must not exceed a maximum of 48 hours. At least one day per week must be free. Permanent employees are entitled to four weeks of paid vacation per year plus nine paid public holidays. If you start in a company, the employer can request a probation period of a maximum of twelve months, but six months is usual.

Notice periods:

  • 13 weeks to 2 years: 1 week
  • 2 to 5 years: 2 weeks
  • 5 to 10 years: 4 weeks
  • 10 to 15 years: 6 weeks
  • over 15 years: 8 weeks

Networking opportunities

The Irish love sports. Football is a popular sport that people like to watch in the pub and play themselves. The most popular are rugby and Gaelic Athletic Association sports such as hurling, Gaelic football and camogie. People usually meet in the pub to watch these sports. The already mentioned hospitality of the Irish is helpful here. Anyone who is just as open-hearted will quickly find themselves with the locals over tea or Guinness in the pub and quickly become involved. If you're not that into sports, you can find plenty of other opportunities to meet. Both Eventbrite and Meetup are good addresses to take part in professional events or more relaxed meetings with like-minded people.

Living in Dublin

Find an apartment

There are numerous accommodations for rent in Dublin. These are usually already furnished, while utensils have to be brought with you. The rent deposit is usually one month's rent. As in Germany, the same applies in Ireland: the more centrally you look, the more difficult it will be to find an apartment. Therefore, it is better to look for cheap apartments a bit outside. The commute to work may be longer, but you will probably find a cheaper apartment faster. The transport system in Dublin is well developed, which is why commuting is usually cheap and not too long and strenuous.

As in most capital cities, rents in Dublin are high. As a result, shared apartments are widespread, not just among students. Even people who have a regular job have often rented a shared apartment and it is not uncommon to live in a shared apartment in their early 30s and have a permanent job. In addition to shared flats, studio apartments are popular. These consist of a small kitchen corner and a bed, sometimes in a separate bedroom. These apartments are not always easy to find, especially in sought-after locations.

Activities in and outside of Dublin

Many will be jealous when they find out that you live in this picturesque city! You will never be bored in Dublin. There are countless cafés and restaurants to discover and a multitude of pubs and bars with live music. If you enjoy doing sports, you can join a variety of teams, from Gaelic football to bowling. And sunny weekends are perfect for hiking in the beautiful Wicklow Mountains National Park. Culture lovers can visit one of the numerous museums, such as the National Museum or the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Generously laid out green areas in the city area, such as Ireland's largest zoo and a botanical garden, can be used for relaxation.

International community / German community in Dublin

Living far away from home can make you homesick. Meeting other Germans regularly can help against homesickness and make it easier to get used to the Irish way of life and mentality. There are a lot of Germans living in Ireland, precisely because the job market attracts so many. Therefore, German communities are not uncommon, especially in big cities like Dublin. Both in real life, for example at work, and online, for example in Facebook groups, there are enough opportunities to get in touch with other Germans.

Cost of living in Dublin

The cost of living in Ireland is generally more expensive than in Germany. However, it must also be borne in mind that Germans who work for international companies receive a much higher salary than the average Irish employee. Therefore, despite higher prices in Dublin than, for example, Berlin, a high standard of living can be achieved. In addition, the ancillary costs for apartments are significantly lower than in Germany. So Dublin may look quite expensive at first glance, but this is offset by savings in ancillary housing costs and the higher salary.

Learn the language

Ireland has two official languages: Irish and English. That is why street signs, for example, are often bilingual. However, there is no need to learn Irish to find your way in everyday Irish life. Only about one percent of the population uses Irish on a daily basis, while English is mastered and used by every Irish. There are numerous opportunities to learn or improve English: using apps, classic language courses offered at the Dublin Adult Education Center and textbooks, English can now be learned quite easily and inexpensively. Living in an English-speaking country alone improves language skills immensely.

Arrive in Dublin

Registration and other formalities

There is no registration requirement in Ireland. Therefore, as a German citizen, you can move to Ireland without having to register with an authority. If you stay in the country for more than three months, you either have to start a job or become self-employed, have sufficient financial means and health insurance, or pursue a degree or training. So if you work for a company based in Ireland, you have automatically fulfilled the first point and can reside in Ireland indefinitely.

  • Find a job
  • Apply for a Personal Public Service number
  • Open an Irish bank account
  • Apply for a certificate of tax credits (income tax allowance)

Opening a bank account

Since Ireland also uses the euro as its currency, an Irish bank account is not a top priority for the first few weeks. However, once you start working in Ireland, you should also open an Irish bank account. It is best to do this in person at a local branch of the bank of your choice. You need two proof of identification for this, one of them with a passport photo, for example your passport. You will also need proof of Irish residency, such as a rental agreement. You can find a comparison of different banks at the Irish Competition and Consumer Protection Commission. There you will also find more detailed information on how to open an account.

Health insurance in Dublin

The health system in Ireland is public and can be used by EU citizens. So anyone who works in Ireland is automatically covered by a state basic pension. As a rule, however, the costs of a doctor's visit must be borne by yourself. It therefore makes perfect sense to take out additional private health insurance, as many Irish do. Many employers offer their employees private health insurance or at least a subsidy for it. If the income is too low for private health insurance, you can apply for a medical card with which you can get certain services free of charge.

Taxes and social security contributions

As soon as the employment contract is signed, one should apply for a “Personal Public Service” number (PPS) and send it to the employer. The PPS is used, for example, for applications to the authorities, by employers and for social security. The Social Welfare Office responsible for your region is responsible for the award. To apply, you will need your passport or ID and proof that you live in Ireland. In addition to the PPS, it is important to apply for a tax credit certificate. To do this, contact your employer or the tax office. After processing, you will receive a Tax Credit Certificate.

The main reasons to move to Dublin

There are many reasons to move to Dublin. Germans in particular have good job opportunities on the Irish job market and often earn a good salary. A German community is represented in Dublin, so that one can help and exchange ideas. Because Ireland is an EU country, there are not too many formalities to clarify on the spot. And of course Dublin is a beautiful city with many attractive sights, museums and a vibrant nightlife. The Irish hospitality also helps to integrate quickly and to feel at home soon after arrival.