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Living & Working in Ireland

Big Demand for Life Science Talent in Ireland – What Jobs are Available?

The medical device and biopharmaceutical sectors employ 29,000 and 28,000 people in Ireland respectively. Ireland is host to over 450 medical device companies and over 75 biopharma companies. Large multinational companies can be found in every region of the country, from Abbott in Sligo and Boston Scientific in Galway, to Medtronic in Cork and Genzyme in Waterford.

The life science sector in Ireland requires large numbers of well-educated professionals. 25% of all Ph.D. researchers working in industry are employed by the biopharma sector. In the medical device sector, 50% of companies have an R&D function. Between 2016 and 2020 the life science sector in Ireland will hire over 12,000 people. Some of the skills most in demand are Validation Engineers, Process Engineers, Automation Engineers, Quality Engineers, QA and Compliance professionals and Technical Scientists across Biotechnology and Chemistry disciplines.

There is an excellent opportunity for qualified professionals to find employment in the Irish life science sector. There is a diverse range of employment opportunities with a wide variety of companies manufacturing everything from contact lenses to drug eluting stents and some of the most sophisticated biologics products on the market. Opportunities exist in manufacturing, research, regulatory and support functions. Now is an excellent time to enter the Irish life science sector as part of your next career move.

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Starting Your New Job in Ireland – What You Need to Do

Once you accept a job offer in Ireland, it is important to ensure that your tax is dealt with properly from the start and that your new employer deducts the right amount of tax from your pay. It is also important that you have a bank account set up so that your employer can pay you by direct debit. To ensure that this happens, you will need to do three things:

1)  Apply for your PPS Number

Your PPS Number is your Social Security number and you need one to work in Ireland. To apply for a PPS Number, please click here

You will need the following documents to complete your application:

  • Photographic ID / Passport
  • Letter from your employer in Ireland confirming that you will be working for them in Ireland.
  • Proof of address in Ireland – you can use a copy of your rental agreement with your landlord, or a utility bill in your name in Ireland (e.g. electricity, gas, internet etc.).

2) Register with Revenue

Register the details of your new job with Revenue’s Jobs and Pensions online service under MyAccount

3) Set up a Bank Account

The main banks in Ireland are Bank of Ireland, Allied Irish Bank (AIB), Ulster Bank and KBC. When choosing a bank, make sure to pick one that has a branch in the city where you will be located. Once you decide which bank is best for you, contact them to open an account. You will need to take the following documents with you:

  • Photographic ID / Passport
  • Letter from your employer
  • Proof of address in Ireland
  • PPS Number

It is advisable to do all of the above 3 things as soon as you accept an offer of a job.

My name is Eloísa Ruiz and I will be your Spanish contact at Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services Group. You can contact me by email at eloisa.ruiz@collinsmcnicholas.ie or by calling me at +353 21 4911066

Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services Group is a leading, award winning recruitment company in Ireland with offices all over Ireland in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway, Athlone and Sligo.

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Finding accommodation in Ireland

Once you have accepted a job offer in Ireland, finding accommodation is the next big step.

In the short term, rental accommodation is probably your best option until you settle into your new job and location. The cost of rent varies widely by location and is more expensive in the larger cities, especially Dublin where demand is high and supply is short. Because of the high demand for accommodation, it is often allocated on a first come first served basis.

Renting in Ireland

In Ireland, there are 2 options available to people who want to rent:

  1. House share

House share is where you rent a private bedroom in a shared house with other housemates. Sometimes, the owner will live in the house.

Rent is payable in advance on a weekly or monthly basis from the day you move in, depending on your agreement with the owner/landlord.

On the day you move in, you will be expected to pay a deposit which is usually equivalent to one month’s rent.

You will need to clarify with the owner/landlord if bills are included in the rent or charged as an extra cost (i.e. bins/waste, electricity, heating, internet, phone, TV licence).

  1. Leasing

This is where you sign a legally binding contract agreeing to rent an entire property for a fixed period e.g. 6 months to 1 year. If you leave the property within the duration of your contract, you will lose your deposit. Always read the terms and conditions of any leasing agreement/contract before you sign it.

Before agreeing to lease a property, you should check what additional costs you will be required to pay. In leasing situations, services for bins, electricity, internet, heating, phones and TV licence are usually the responsibility of the tenant and are not included in the price of the rent.

For more information on renting and your rights as a tenant visit:  https://www.threshold.ie/advice/

Cost of renting in Ireland

Source: https://www.daft.ie/report/2017-Q1-rental-daft-report.pdf

Average monthly rents in Ireland Q1 2017:

Dublin                   €1627

Cork                       €806

Limerick               €698

Galway                 €704

Athlone                €770

Sligo                      €644

Searching online for accommodation

The most popular site that people use to advertise and find rental accommodation all over Ireland is www.daft.ie Searching on this site will give you an idea of the cost of renting in Ireland.

Using a Letting Agency

For convenience, you can use a letting agent to help you find the perfect home. They will provide administrative, management and other services for the property, but they will charge a fee. Some of the most widely used lettings agents are:

Sherry Fitzgerald: http://www.sherryfitz.ie/residential/to-let

Savilles: http://www.savills.ie/

What will I need?

You may be asked to provide the following information to your landlord/letting agency:

  • Employer Reference on headed paper to prove that you have a job in Ireland.
  • Bank details/reference to show that you are financially secure
  • Previous Landlord Reference
  • Photo ID to confirm your identity (passport/driving licence)
  • PPS number
  • First month’s rent and one-month deposit

Looking for temporary accommodation?

If you need accommodation quickly or are waiting until you arrive in Ireland to look for accommodation, you have the following options: Hotels, Bed & Breakfasts (bandbireland.com), or short term apartment rentals on Airbnb.ie or HomeAway.com

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My name is Eloísa Ruiz and I will be your Spanish contact at Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services Group. You can contact me by email at eloisa.ruiz@collinsmcnicholas.ie or by calling me at +353 21 4911066

Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services Group is a leading, award winning recruitment company in Ireland with offices all over Ireland in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway, Athlone and Sligo.

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Formatting Your CV for Jobs in Ireland

When applying for jobs in Ireland there is usually a standard CV structure for applicants to follow. It is important that your CV is well presented and easy for the employer to read, as well as being truthful and up to date.

Your CV should be:

  • Clear – organised and clearly presented.
  • Concise – not too long and not too short – just get the message across.
  • Consistent – all formatted in the same manner, using the same fonts
  • Complete – tailored to the industry in question – all information must be relevant
  • Current – CV must be fully up to date

The Structure of a CV

CVs are made up of a number of different sections that contain different kinds of information:

Personal Information

Your full name, full address, telephone numbers (home and mobile) and email address. Some people also include their place of birth, age, gender and a photograph – but these are optional.

Personal Profile (Optional)

Include a brief paragraph that gives the employer an insight into your personal qualities, skills and experience. This need only be about 3-4 lines.

Education

List your academic history in reverse chronological order, include dates, names of colleges/institutions and location. You can also include memberships of professional bodies here.

Further Training (if appropriate)

Depending on your role or your career goals, you may have continued to develop your skills by attending additional training or courses. List any relevant training courses in this section.

Professional Experience

List your previous roles in reverse chronological order. Include your job title, employer’s name, dates of employment and industry.

You also need to include your duties/ responsibilities and achievements. Keep the information clear, and use bullet points to list the duties and achievements. Try to make the information as relevant as possible to the job you are applying for.

Hobbies, Interests & Achievements

List a few of your favourite leisure activities, so that the employer can get an idea of the type of person you are. It can be helpful to show hobbies if they reflect qualities which relate to the job. If you are just starting out in the job market, give any evidence you can to demonstrate initiative or practical skills, for example, voluntary work, elected office in a society, member of a sports team or contributor to a college magazine.

List of Referees

Listing referees is optional at the initial stage and you can include “Referees are available on request” instead. However, some employers may request them on a CV. It is important to use at least 2 references that are current and relevant to the sector you are applying to.

Some Common Mistakes

  • A lie, even a small one can cost you a job
  • Poor layout – too spread out or too condensed, too many different font sizes and styles
  • Referencing the wrong vacancy or company in your cover letter or CV
  • Not having your CV fully up to date, e.g. employment dates, personal details
  • Jargon and Acronyms – don’t use too many in-house terms that others may not understand
  • Rambling sentences
  • Unexplained gaps, if you were traveling, or on maternity leave, please say so
  • CV is too long – using long paragraphs instead of bullet points

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My name is Eloísa Ruiz and I will be your Spanish contact at Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services Group. You can contact me by email at eloisa.ruiz@collinsmcnicholas.ie or by calling me at +353 21 4911066

Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services Group is a leading, award winning recruitment company in Ireland with offices all over Ireland in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway, Athlone and Sligo.

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The Education System in Ireland

Source: Citizen Information – Sending your children to school in Ireland

The Irish education system is made up of primary, secondary, third-level and further education. State-funded education is available at all levels unless you choose to send your child to a private institution. There are also pre-school initiatives to prepare your child for primary school and learn basic skills.

The primary education system consists of 8 years, and although children do not have to enrol until the age of 6, most do so after their 4th birthday. The primary school curriculum in Ireland covers all key areas such as language, mathematics, social, environment and scientific education, arts education including visual arts music and drama, physical integration, social personal and health education. The Irish language (Gaeilge) is compulsory for most students at primary and secondary level, however, exemptions are granted for children not born in the Republic of Ireland.

Secondary (post-primary) education in Ireland sees children develop their skills further, as they specialise in subject areas that they enjoy, and can diversify into international languages, various financial or scientific subjects, or other practical studies. They sit 2 major sets of exams – The Junior Certificate and The Leaving Certificate – throughout their time here. Students must spend at least 3 years in the secondary level of education in Ireland, before they are allowed to leave the education system.

Third level education in Ireland is optional and consists of Universities, Institutes of Technology and Colleges of Education which allow you to earn a degree or partake in training in a certain area of interest to you, just like any other country. There are third level institutions all over Ireland, and you can pursue a career in almost any sector here. Third level education is supported and subsidised by the government.

There are academic support services and alternative programmes available at all levels of the Irish education system for any students who may require special assistance.

Children/Students who arrive in Ireland with little or no English will always be catered for in the Irish education system, and will be taught the language. More information on enrolling children in schools can be found here.

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My name is Eloísa Ruiz and I will be your Spanish contact at Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services Group. You can contact me by email at eloisa.ruiz@collinsmcnicholas.ie or by calling me at +353 21 4911066

Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services Group is a leading, award winning recruitment company in Ireland with offices all over Ireland in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway, Athlone and Sligo.

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Moving Your Pets to Ireland

Source: Citizen Information – Bringing pets to Ireland

The process for bringing a pet with you to Ireland depends on the type of pet you are bringing, and the country you are arriving from. There are different regulations and requirements for each.

For dogs, cats and ferrets arriving from an EU member state, the animal is required to have an EU Pet Passport, which confirms that:

  • The pet is arriving from an eligible country.
  • The pet is identified by an implanted microchip.
  • The pet has been vaccinated against rabies at least 21 days before travel.
  • Dogs coming from countries other than the UK, Finland or Malta have been treated against tapeworm between 24 and 120 hours before travel.

Full information on the EU Pet Passport can be found here, and an application form can be downloaded here.

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Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services Group is a leading, award winning recruitment company in Ireland with offices all over Ireland in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway, Athlone and Sligo.

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How Income Tax is Calculated in Ireland

Source: Citizen Information – How your income tax is calculated

Tax is charged as a percentage of your income. The percentage that you pay depends on the amount of your income. The first part of your income, up to a certain amount, is taxed at 20%. This is known as the standard rate of tax and the amount that it applies to is known as the standard rate tax band.

The remainder of your income is taxed at the higher rate of tax, 40% in 2017.

The amount that you can earn before you start to pay the higher rate of tax is known as your standard rate cut-off point.

Standard rate cut-off points

You pay 20% tax on all income less than or equal to the following standard rate cut-off points: You pay 40% tax on the balance:
Single person €33,800 Balance
Married couple/civil partners, one income €42,800 Balance
Married couple/civil partners, two incomes Up to €67,600

(increase limited to the amount of the second income – see example below)

Balance
One parent family €37,800 Balance

Example of standard rate cut-off point for a married couple or civil partners with two incomes:

In 2017, the standard rate cut-off point for a married couple or civil partners is €42,800.

If both are working, this amount is increased by the lower of the following:

  • €24,800

or

  • The amount of the income of the spouse or civil partner with the smaller income

If one person is earning €48,000 and their spouse or civil partner is earning €25,000:

The standard rate cut-off point for the couple is €42,800 plus €24,800. The increase in the standard rate band is not transferable between spouses or civil partners, so the first spouse or civil partner’s tax bands would be calculated as €42,800 @ 20% = €8,560 and €5,200 @ 40% = €2,080. The second spouse or civil partner’s tax bands would be calculated as €24,800 @ 20% = €4,960 and €200 @ 40% = €80.

This information was taken from the Citizens Information website in Ireland.

For more detailed information, please visit: Citizen Information – How your income tax is calculated

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Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services Group is a leading, award winning recruitment company in Ireland with offices all over Ireland in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway, Athlone and Sligo.

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More Useful Information on Moving to Ireland

LIVING IN IRELAND – EU CITIZENS

Source: Citizens Information – Moving to Ireland

EU nationals do not need a residence permit in order to live and work in Ireland.

You can stay in Ireland for up to 3 months without restriction. If you plan to stay more than 3 months, you must either:

  • Be engaged in economic activity (employed or self-employed) or
  • Have sufficient resources and sickness insurance to ensure that you do not become a burden on the social services of Ireland or
  • Be enrolled as a student or vocational trainee or
  • Be a family member of an EU citizen in one of the previous categories.

When you come to Ireland you do not need to register with the local immigration officer and you do not need a residence card to live here. If you wish to have a record of your residence in Ireland you can register with your embassy of your country in Ireland.

YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER

Source: Citizens Information – Moving to Ireland

As soon as you come to Ireland you should register for tax and social insurance by applying for a Personal Public Service (PPS) number.

To apply for a PPS Number, please click here.

You will need the following documents to complete your application:

  • Photographic ID / Passport
  • Letter from your employer in Ireland confirming that you will be working for them in Ireland.
  • Proof of address in Ireland – you can use a copy of your rental agreement with your landlord, or a utility bill in your name in Ireland (e.g. electricity, gas, internet etc.).

YOUR SOCIAL INSURANCE CONTRIBUTIONS

Your employer will also deduct social insurance contributions, which are referred to as PRSI (Pay Related Social Insurance), from your pay. They will help you to qualify for contributory social welfare payments such as Jobseeker’s Benefit, Illness Benefit and State Pension (Contributory).

More information on ‘Coming to Ireland – tax and social insurance’ can be found here

CHILD BENEFIT IN IRELAND

Source: Department of Social Protection – Ireland

Child Benefit is payable to the parents or guardians of children under 16 years of age, or under 18 years of age if the child is in full-time education or has a disability.

You need to apply for Child Benefit within 12 months of:

  • The birth of your baby
  • The month the child became a member of your family or
  • The month the family came to live in Ireland
  • Commencement of employment in Ireland.

Please note, you do not need to apply for Child Benefit if your child is born in Ireland and is registered within 6 months of the birth. When you register your child’s birth, if you provide the necessary information about yourself and your child to the Registrar, the Child Benefit Office will contact you within 10 days of the birth registration to arrange your payment.

For further information please visit the Department of Social Protection’s web page on Child Benefit

EMPLOYMENT LAWS IN IRELAND

Source: Irish Workplace Relations Commission

The Employment Equality Acts 1998 to 2015 cover employees in both the public and private sectors as well as applicants for employment and training.

The Acts outlaw discrimination in work-related areas such as pay, vocational training, access to employment, work experience and promotion. Cases involving harassment and victimisation at work are also covered by the Acts. The publication of discriminatory advertisements and discrimination by employers, vocational training bodies and employment agencies, e.g. trades unions and employer associations, is outlawed.

The nine grounds on which discrimination is outlawed by the Employment Equality Acts are as follows:

  • Gender: this means man, woman or transsexual
  • Civil status: includes single, married, separated, divorced, widowed people, civil partners and former civil partners
  • Family status: this refers to the parent of a person under 18 years or the resident primary carer or parent of a person with a disability
  • Sexual orientation: includes gay, lesbian, bisexual and heterosexual
  • Religion: means religious belief, background, outlook or none
  • Age: this does not apply to a person aged under 16
  • Disability: includes people with physical, intellectual, learning, cognitive or emotional disabilities and a range of medical conditions
  • Race: includes race, skin colour, nationality or ethnic origin
  • Membership of the Traveller community

The Acts also prohibit victimisation or discrimination against a person on the basis of association with another person, providing support to the person, being named as a comparator, acting as a witness on behalf of that other person, or who has given notice of an intention to take any such actions.

Information relating to discrimination in certain circumstances is available on the individual tabs above.

Further detailed information in relation to Employment Equality is available from the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) on http://www.ihrec.ie/your-rights/

HEALTHCARE IN IRELAND

Source: Citizen Information – Moving to Ireland – Healthcare options

Public healthcare for people coming to Ireland

If you are a national of the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, or if you are normally resident in Ireland, you are entitled to receive the same level of health care as Irish citizens. Depending on your income, you may be eligible for a medical card, which entitles you to the full range of medical services at no cost.

If you are not from an EEA member state or Switzerland, you will be entitled to certain services free of charge and you will have to pay for the remainder.

If you are coming to live, work, study or retire in Ireland you can find out more information on eligibility for public health services. If you are coming to Ireland on holiday or for a short stay (for example, on business), you can read more information on health services for visitors to Ireland.

Private healthcare for people coming to Ireland

In addition to the public health system, people in Ireland can avail of a range of private healthcare services. You must pay the full costs of treatment if you opt for private healthcare.

There are a number of private health insurance companies in Ireland. Providers include VHI HealthcareLaya Healthcare, Irish Life Health and HSF Health Plan (does not provide cover for hospital inpatient costs). As long as you are from the EEA or Switzerland or normally resident in Ireland, you are entitled to the same benefits from your private health insurance with any of these companies as any other Irish citizen.

Since 16 October 2013, up to €1,000 for adults and €500 for children of your private health insurance premium attracts tax relief at the standard rate (20%). This tax relief is deducted at source by the health insurance provider.

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My name is Eloísa Ruiz and I will be your Spanish contact at Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services Group. You can contact me by email at eloisa.ruiz@collinsmcnicholas.ie or by calling me at +353 21 4911066

Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services Group is a leading, award winning recruitment company in Ireland with offices all over Ireland in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway, Athlone and Sligo.

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Testimonials

Moving to Ireland from France was an important decision for me professionally. After a varied career in France, I was keen to progress one of my main professional goals, which is to improve my English so I can work my way further up the career ladder. I am eager to learn every day, challenge myself and grow within a company so my move to Uber in Limerick in June 2016 was perfect for me.

I feel that working with Uber has given me the tools to build on my skills as well as learn new ones. While there is more responsibility within my role, there is a great support network within the company.

I was immediately impressed by the friendly atmosphere at Uber; it is like a big family, and that’s really authentic. People trust you, encourage your entrepreneurial mindset, help you to learn and develop your potential. It is fast paced, dynamic and innovative, but in a relaxed environment. I think that culture is down to both the company and the location here in Limerick.

My work hours really suit a work-life balance and, combined with a good salary, allows me to do a lot of traveling. I’m really happy that I made the choice to move to Ireland and I enjoy my life in Limerick. Although it is not a huge city, it is dynamic and you can enjoy a really good quality of life, and a nice lifestyle. It’s a friendly and welcoming city; I can only recommend it!

Marie Aimee Giard

Team Leader, Uber, Limerick

Moving to Ireland from Barcelona was part of a family plan. My husband got his dream job in Cork as a flight instructor and, in this moment, I was working as a freelancer so we thought it was a great opportunity to let our kids grow in an English speaking environment and improve my English, as it was really low one year ago.

Ireland is a really family friendly country. The first thing you realise the day you arrive is how supportive and friendly Irish people are. From the very first day I felt extremely welcome and (good news) the weather is not as terrible as I thought! Even they made jokes about how you can live the four seasons of a year in only one day.

Now, one year later, I am very happy with the decision we made one year ago. My son, now aged four, speaks better English than myself and has adapted perfectly at school, I am working in a great company, which lets me have a great work-life balance, where every day is a new challenge and where the career path is clear and defined.

I do really love Cork and enjoy my life here. For me, discovering the Wild Atlantic Way every weekend is like being on a permanent holiday. It’s a really nice city with great job opportunities. Do you want to discover the green island?

Eloisa Ruiz

Recruitment Consultant, Collins McNicholas, Cork