Work in Ireland

Employment in Ireland

International students can find many opportunities to work in Ireland, both during and after their studies. Student visas allow you to seek part time or holiday work, but may also give you the opportunity to stay in Ireland to work, after your studies. EU and EEA nationals are entitled to the same employment rights as Irish citizens.

Entitlement to Employment

Students enrolled in full time study courses of at least one-year duration are entitled to seeking part time employment of up to 20 hours a week and full time work during holidays. However, if they are undertaking any foundation courses before starting their full time course, they will not be allowed to work until they begin their full time studies.

While working during your course can help with the financial obligations, it is not advisable to rely solely on part time employment for paying your tuition fees or lodging.

However, certain full-time study programs do not entitle overseas students to seek casual employment. To check if you are entitled to work in Ireland during your studies, please verify that an Irish university, technology institute, the Higher Education & Training Awards Council, or the Further Education and Training Awards Council recognize the course you are attending.

Entitlement Status after Visa Expiration

Once your student visa expires, you will not be entitled to any form of employment, but you can apply for a work permit to continue working in Ireland.


Personal Public Service (PPS) Number:

A PPS number is a reference number that gives employees in Ireland access to social welfare benefits, public services, and public information. It is a necessary requirement, for even part-time employment and students can apply for their PPS number from the nearest Social Welfare Office.

The documents required while applying for a PPS number are:

  • Passport
  • Garda Registration Card
  • Student ID Card
  • Proof of Address such as a bank statement or utility bill in your name
  • A letter from your educational institute stating you are a registered student

Protection by Law

The Irish legal system protects all employees, regardless of their nationality, expertise, or profession. These laws regulate minimum wages, work hours, holidays, health and safety policies, rights to change jobs, and other employment rights.

Pay and Conditions of Employment

Employers are required by law to provide you with a written statement of your terms of employment within two months of your start date. They are also required to provide a contract of employment and written statement of wages every time you are paid. A breakup of the National Minimum Wage is given below:

National Minimum Wage

  • €8.65 (per hour) Experienced Adult Worker
  • €7.79(per hour) In the second year after the date of first employment over age 18 (whether or not the employee changes employer during the year
  • € 6.92 (per hour) In the first year after the date of first employment over age 18
  • €6.06 (per hour) Under Age 18