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Contracting in Ireland

Are you planning to be contracting in Ireland? These pages will give you an overview about Ireland as a country, what’s required of you to be contracting in Ireland. Learn more about how to apply for Visa and Work Permit if necessary, the percentage of the Irish Income Tax and how the Irish Social Security works. For more practical information, download our guide Start Contracting in Ireland or our International Contracting Guide.

How to start contracting in Ireland?

Work Requirements in Ireland

If you are from an EU member state or one of the countries of the EEA or Switzerland , you are entitled to come to work in Ireland. You do not need an employment permit and are entitled to have your dependants come to live with you. If your non-EEA spouse or civil partner is coming to live in Ireland with you, they must apply for permission to remain under EU Treaty Rights in order to have similar rights to live and work in Ireland. Read more about Irish Work Requirements.

Irish Visa and Work Permit

If you plan to visit Ireland for a period of less than 3 months, for example, on holidays, for business meetings etc., then you can apply for a short stay ‘C’ visa for either a single entry or multiple entries. The maximum stay allowed under a short stay ‘C’ visa is just 90 days. In fact, if you enter the State on a ‘C’ visa you cannot have your permission to remain in the State extended. Therefore you must leave and reapply from outside the State if you want to return. Read more about Irish Visas.

Irish Income Tax

In general, nearly all income is liable to tax and Tax on income, that you earn from employment is deducted from your wages by your employer on behalf of the Irish Government, which is known as Pay As You Earn (PAYE). The amount of tax to pay depends on the amount of the income and on a personal circumstances. Read more about Irish Income Tax.

Irish Social Security

In general, the social welfare system in Ireland is divided into three main types of payments, which are Social insurance payments, Means-tested payments and Universal payments. With all social welfare payments, it is required to satisfy specific personal circumstances that are set out in the rules for each scheme. For example, to claim the One-Parent Family Payment, you must be parenting alone and therefore not cohabiting and as well as satisfying the necessary circumstantial criteria, other rules also apply. Read more about Irish Social Security.

About Ireland

Ireland is an island in the eastern part of the North Atlantic directly west of the United Kingdom, on the continental shelf of Europe. It covers an area of 70,280 sq km (27,135 sq mi). The Irish Republic is bounded on the north by the North Channel, which separates it from Scotland; on the north-east by Northern Ireland; and on the east and south-east e by the Irish Sea and St. George’s Channel, which separate it from England and Wales. To the west, from north to south, the coast is washed by the Atlantic Ocean.


The island of Ireland is about 486 km (302 miles) long and about 288 km (179 miles) wide. About 6.4 million people live on the island .4.6 million live in the Republic of Ireland and 1.8 million in Northern Ireland. Ireland’s capital city, Dublin, is located on the Irish Sea coast. Many people live in the eastern coasts of both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Dublin has a population of more than one million, and the Greater Belfast region has a population of nearly half a million.

The River Shannon, which runs from north to south, is the longest river on the island. Ireland has many lakes. Lough Neagh, in Northern Ireland, is the largest lake in Ireland. Ireland is known for its beautiful landscapes, music, history, and mythology.

Ireland is divided into two parts – The Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The Republic of Ireland is five sixths (83%) of the island. Its capital city is Dublin. The official languages are Irish and English. Most people in the country can speak a little Irish. On the other hand only a small number of the population are fluent or native speakers. Northern Ireland is the remaining one sixth (17%) of the island. It is part of the United Kingdom. The capital of Northern Ireland is Belfast.

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Contracting in Ireland
Contracting in Ireland
 Capital  Dublin
 Population  Approx. 6.4 million
 Language  English, Irish
 Currency  1 Euro (EUR) = 100 cents
 Government  Republic