* Playroll continues to analyse immediate opportunities and fulfilled roles by recruitment partners, contractors and employers to identify in-demand jobs.

Capital City

Euro (€)


WET (GMT -1)

Employment Cost


Annual Leave

4 weeks

In-demand Specialties*
Pharmaceuticals And Biotech, Agribusiness And Food Production, Information And Communications Technology (Ict)

The Ultimate Guide to Hiring Employees in Ireland

Simplify hiring employees in by partnering with Playroll. Our Employer of Record (EOR) handles hiring, onboarding, payroll, taxes, immigration, benefits administration, and compliance. While you maintain control of day-to-day tasks and responsibilities.


Key Considerations Before Hiring In Ireland

Employing in Ireland requires employers to own a legal entity in the country and manage payroll, tax, benefits and compliance through their own in-country resources. Grow your team in Ireland with our Employer of Record solution, ensuring streamlined, compliant business expansion with no entity.

Playroll allows you to hire employee's in Ireland quickly, easily and we even automate tax document collection, benefits, payroll and more.

Good To Know

Ireland boasts a well-educated and skilled workforce, making it an excellent source of talent for various industries, including technology, finance, and pharmaceuticals.

reland is a hub for innovation and research, with many leading universities, research institutions, and tech companies located in the country.

If your business operates internationally, hiring remote workers in Ireland can provide a time zone advantage for covering European markets and collaborating with teams in other parts of the world.

The Irish government offers various incentives and grants to attract foreign investment and promote economic development.


Fundamental Aspects of Employment in Ireland

In Ireland, hiring and contractual formalities are governed by a well-defined legal framework. Employers and employees must adhere to these mandatory formalities to ensure compliance with Irish employment laws. Key hiring and contractual formalities include:

  • Job Offer and Acceptance
  • Employment Contract
  • Registration with Revenue
  • Employment Permits (if applicable)
  • Taxation and Deductions
  • Employment Rights Notification
  • Health and Safety Compliance
  • Employment Equality Regulations
  • Statutory Employee Rights
  • Employee Benefits Information
  • Probationary Period (if applicable)
  • Employee Handbook or Company Policies

Probationary Period in Ireland

Probation in Ireland typically refers to a trial period during which a new employee's performance and suitability for the role are evaluated. While probation periods are not legally obligatory, they are commonly used by employers as a means to assess the working relationship. The duration of a probationary period may vary depending on the employer's discretion but often lasts for three to six months (but cannot exceed 12 months).

Working hours in Ireland

In Ireland, adult employees are subject to a maximum weekly working limit of 48 hours. Additionally, they are entitled to short breaks, receiving 15 minutes for every four and a half hours worked, or 30 minutes for every six hours worked during the workday.

Overtime in Ireland

In Ireland, there is no specific legal requirement for mandatory overtime pay at a fixed rate. Overtime pay is typically determined through employment contracts, collective agreements, or industry-specific regulations.

Navigating Key Aspects of Payroll in Ireland

Ireland has a robust and complex payroll and tax system, and as an employer, it pays to understand payroll process basics.

1 January- 31 December

Fiscal Year in Ireland

1 January- 31 December is the 12-month accounting period that businesses in Ireland use for financial and tax reporting purposes.

Payroll Cycle in Ireland

The payroll cycle in Ireland is usually Monthly , with employees being paid by the last working day of the month.
11.3 EUR p/h

Minimum Wage in Ireland

The minimum wage for employees in Ireland is typically 11.3 EUR per hour, amounting to ~1,959 EUR per month for a typical 40 hour work week.

Minimum wages and salaries in Ireland

The minimum wage rate in Ireland was 11.3 EUR per hour for an experienced adult worker (aged 20 and over). There were lower rates for workers under 20 and for the first two years of employment.

Bonus Payments in Ireland

In Ireland, there is no specific legislation mandating the payment of 13th salaries or bonuses. The provision of such additional payments, is typically a matter of individual employment contracts or collective agreements negotiated between employers and employees or their representatives.

Comprehensive Overview of Employment Taxes in Ireland

Understanding the tax obligations for both employers and employees is crucial when operating in Ireland's business landscape. This section explains how taxes and statutory fees affect payroll and individual earnings in Ireland.

Employer Tax Contributions

Employer payroll contributions are generally estimated at an additional 11.05% on top of the employee salary in Ireland.

Tax Rate Tax Type

Employee Payroll Tax Contributions

In Ireland, the typical estimation for employee payroll contributions cost is around 12%.

Tax Rate Tax Type

Individual Payroll Tax Contributions

Income tax is calculated based on a tax rate band. The individual income tax is 20% until a certain level of income and 40% for any amount above that income.

Tax Rate Income Bracket

Pension in Ireland

The State Pension (Contributory) is available to individuals aged 66 and above who have accumulated sufficient Pay Related Social Insurance (PRSI) contributions. To be eligible, individuals must have made at least 520 full-rate PRSI contributions, equivalent to 10 years of contributions.

The tax-related information provided in this guide is intended for general guidance and informational purposes only. Reach out to our dedicated team for insights on remote hiring in Ireland tailored to your needs.

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Understanding the Protocols for Termination of Employment in Ireland

When it comes to terminating employment in Ireland, understanding the legal obligations regarding severance pay and contributions is essential. Below is a detailed overview of the key considerations for both employers and employees.

Termination Process

In Ireland, the termination process for employment is governed by labor laws and regulations designed to ensure fairness and protect the rights of both employers and employees. Termination can occur for various reasons, but it must be carried out in accordance with legal requirements to be considered just and lawful. Below are some of the reasons that may be considered justifiable for terminating an employment contract in Ireland:

  • Redundancy
  • Misconduct
  • Poor Performance
  • Breach of Contract
  • Insolvency or Closure
  • Health and Safety
  • Legal Obligations

Notice Period

As per the contract terms, the notice period varies based on the duration of employment. Both employees and employers should provide notice as outlined below:

  • For employment of 13 weeks to 2 years: 1 week of notice.
  • For employment between 2 and 5 years: 2 weeks of notice.
  • For employment between 5 and 10 years: 4 weeks of notice.
  • For employment between 10 and 15 years: 6 weeks of notice.
  • For employment of 15 years or more: 8 weeks of notice.

Severance Pay

Severance pay is provided exclusively to employees facing redundancy, provided they have completed at least 2 years of service. The calculation is based on 2 weeks' pay for each year of service, with an additional week's pay included.

Annual Leave Entitlements and Company Policies in Ireland

The annual leave entitlement in Ireland is 4 weeks for a full time worker. These can include public holidays on top of that or within those days, which would otherwise be unpaid.

Public Holidays in Ireland

In Ireland, employees are entitled to nine public holidays a year, for which they are given a day off. These public holidays are:

Holiday Date

Paid Time Off in Ireland

Maternity Leave in Ireland

Paternity Leave in Ireland

Sick Leave in Ireland

Bereavement Leave

Jury Service Leave

Parental Leave In Ireland

Ireland's Benefits Built Into Playroll

Competitive benefits package in Ireland

Playroll is committed to providing tailored, competitive benefits packages that are designed not only to attract but also retain top talent worldwide. Our global team of benefits experts build custom local packages to ensure your employees in Ireland's needs are met. Typically our packages contain some or all of the following benefits.

Health Insurance
Pension or 401k
Life and Disability Insurance
Vision Insurance
Dental Insurance
Discounts & Perks

Playroll Supplementary Benefits For Employment In Ireland

Make your benefits package in Ireland a talent magnet with Playroll's local plans. We offer benefits that are compliant, comprehensive, and flexible — all at competitive rates. Speak with our local territory experts to explore the localized benefits we can offer you, while you scale your team.

  • Health Insurance
  • Pension
  • Background Checks
  • IT Equipment Sourcing

Statutory benefits for employment in Ireland

Playroll allows you to provide localized benefits for employees in Ireland within minutes. All in one manageable online dashboard. If you'd like specific information about our benefits packages in Ireland create an account or contact our global expansion team, today.

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Playroll's Expertise in Facilitating Work Visas for Ireland

At Playroll we're all about empowering employees to work anywhere, making mobility possible for global teams. We sponsor visas and hire the employee for you, so you don’t have to worry about payroll, taxes, and more.

It's important to note, visa support can be complicated. There are many variables that affect whether sponsorship is possible, including one’s nationality, education, marital status, and the immigration policy for the country in question.

Unfortunately, this means we can’t support visas everywhere - with that being said, we handle the entire visa process in-house, and dig into your situation to give you an overview of what to expect if we're able to help with visa sponsorship in Ireland.

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Integrated EOR Platform

Legal and compliance experts are readily available to provide guidance and case-by-case Q&A support.

Accelerated Immigration Timeline

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