Thinking of working in Ireland? Read this blog that highlights the positive and negative of making the move to Ireland, and some helpful links for before and when you arrive in Ireland.
Firstly, a few facts about Ireland:
Capital city: Dublin
Population: 4.8 million
The island of Ireland is split into the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
The Republic of Ireland is not part of the UK and uses Euro (€), Northern Ireland is part of the UK, is ruled by the Queen and uses Sterling (£). There is no hard border between the Republic and Northern Ireland, therefore, movement between the two is freely available, for now anyway!
There are many reasons to consider making Ireland your new home.
When the economic recession hit Ireland, we reached an all time high unemployment rate in 2012, registering a financial crisis-peak 16%; however unemployment rates have fell to a post-crash low of 5.1%.
As we move closer to full employment, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find suitably qualified employees. Companies in Ireland are increasingly looking abroad to find people to fill important roles, especially in healthcare. For these companies it is not just about filling the vacancy, it is about finding the right candidate that meets their needs.
We Need You!
Irish healthcare has made the news various times this year; from staff shortages, overcrowding and lack of capacity in public hospitals, mental health disparities, abortion legislation, and the CervicalCheck crisis exposed failures in women’s healthcare.
However, the Sustainability Index set out to find out the sustainability of each EU country’s healthcare system in the future. The good news – Irish healthcare ranks as eighth best in the EU in terms of being ‘futureproofed’ – scoring three points higher the UK (FutureProofing Healthcare: The Sustainability Index, 2018).
Work as a Nurse in Ireland
Irish hospitals currently have 2,299 fewer nurses than they had ten years ago despite the dramatic increase in demand on our health services. Our healthcare system needs our nurses more than ever and with four nursing jobs available in Ireland for every qualified nurse applying, We Need You!
In order to work as a nurse in Ireland, you need to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI).
Additionally, for many jobs, especially nursing, if you are moving from a country where English is not the primary language, you will have to complete the IELTS (International English Language Testing System).
Citizens of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, The United States of America and the United Kingdom are not required to take the IELTS exams if they have studied in these countries.
It is no secret that Ireland is facing a housing crisis; and accommodation can be a little difficult to come by.
The cost of renting a one-bed apartment in larger cities averages €1000 and can be up to €1500 (sometimes more) in Dublin. But cost is not the only obstacle in trying to find accommodation. With growing populations in the larger cities, there are increasing numbers of applicants going for available apartments who are more than willing to pay these prices.
You will need proof of employment for all tenants as well as previous references to be considered for rent in these high-pressure zones.
From personal experience, and from speaking to peers in a similar situation, some have been waiting 4-6 months to be accepted by landlords. This information is not here to turn people off moving to Ireland, it’s here to give you a realistic picture of emigrating.
To get a better picture of accommodation options, Daft is a great website to check out: https://www.daft.ie/
There are plenty of cities and towns that are perfectly livable; outside of the larger cities, in built-up commuter towns that have all the amenities and facilities you would require. Additionally, you can consider any of the other beautiful towns and cities in Ireland; such as Waterford, Galway, Killarney, Tipperary, Kilkenny, Wicklow and Wexford to name just a few.
Working in Construction in Ireland
The construction industry is booming in the bigger cities like Dublin, Cork and Limerick due to the increasing demand for affordable housing options.
To put it bluntly, we will need more construction workers and tradesmen if our building sector is to recover and our housing crisis is to be solved.
The People & Culture:
The Irish are known worldwide for their friendly and welcoming nature, and our culture! The traditions and culture of Ireland are known across the world.
- Official language:
Gaeilge, although this may cause some confusion. When you first arrive in Ireland, you will see all road signs in English first, then Gaeilge. Due to our colourful history with the British, English is spoken everywhere in Ireland, and Gaeilge is now only spoken by approximately 70,000 people within Ireland.
- Festivals / Patron saint:
Saint Patrick. We celebrate St. Patricks Day on March 17th every year with public parades, festivals, Irish traditional music sessions, and the wearing of green or shamrocks in observance of the death of St. Patrick. The first St. Patrick’s Day parade actually started in America, and was held in New York City in 1766
- Pub Culture:
Go anywhere in the world and you will find an Irish bar, even at the gateway to the Himalayas: The Irish Pub at Namche Bazaar, a Khumbu village in Nepal has an elevation of 3,440 meters, making it the highest Irish pub in the world.Even though we are known to be drinkers, we are actually fourth in the world, behind Austria, the Czech Republic and Germany.The pub culture in Ireland, especially in more rural areas, is a very community-based culture. Walk in to any rural pub and you will be greeted with a traditional Irish session. Sometimes, these are planned sessions with a band, other times, they might just be a group of strangers who come together through their love of music.
Music plays a great part in Irish culture and many pubs across the island will host live music. Traditional Irish music typically employs world instruments such as the fiddle, piano and acoustic guitar combined with home-grown instruments like Irish bouzoukis, Uilleann pipes and the Celtic harp aka cláirseach, the official symbol of Ireland.
- Irish Sport:
Sporting traditions and events represent a huge percentage of cultural and national identity in Ireland.
And we also love Spuds (aka the Potato!)
The scenery you will find here is breath-taking, especially along the 2600km of coastal area, the longest defined coastal route in the world. The Cliffs of Moher, the Giants Causeway and the Ring of Kerry are just a few. We are known as the Emerald Isle for a reason.
Having been away from Ireland myself for a period of over 14 months, the thing that I found most striking on my return was the shades of green you will find in our beautiful countryside.
Unfortunately, this does come with a downside; the rain!! The rain rarely stops here, and the average humidity is approximately 85% all year round. During the winter, this causes a damp cold that will have you chilled to the bone. But once you are prepared for this with a good waterproof coat and boots (from Penneys of course!!), you won’t even notice it after some time.
Proximity to Europe:
On a positive note, if you are craving some sun, Ireland is located on the north-west of Europe, which is the perfect launching pad for travelling. Fly 2-3 hours and you have sun 😉 It is relatively cheap to get to other European destinations from Dublin – (Budget Airline: https://www.ryanair.com/ie/en/ )
What will I do when I move here?
When considering making the move to Ireland, the most important things to look at are employment opportunities and accommodation options/costs. Some useful links for job searching:
Moving to Ireland is an easy process for those who are EU citizens. If you are a citizen of a non-EU country.
Read this blog to see what your visa requirements will be before you come to Ireland.
Some other useful information for when you arrive:
Main airports: Dublin (international), Shannon (international) and Cork.
Rail system: http://www.irishrail.ie/
Bus system: http://www.buseireann.ie/
The overall outlook is bright – if you are thinking of emigrating to Ireland to work in Healthcare or Construction Industry, there is an abundance of work.
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Article Written By:
Nicky Blower | Permanent Nurse Recruiter
Tel: +353 21 427 9916 | Ext. 1861