How to hire and pay EMPLOYEES IN

Ireland

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Before hiring

EMPLOYEES IN
Ireland

Before hiring employees in Ireland, there are some key things you’ll need to know. Firstly, the basic annual paid leave entitlement for an employee is four weeks. The employer can decide to provide a longer vacation period—but it should be noted that work-life balance is highly valued in Ireland.

In Ireland, the employee and the employer are required to contribute to the pay-related social insurance system (PRSI) that covers a range of social welfare benefits. The employee's contribution is 4% and the employer's share is 11.05% of taxable employment income.

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Get an overview of what you need to know when hiring in Ireland below. 

At a Glance

CURRENCY

EUR

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE

ENGLISH, IRISH (GAEILGE)

PAYROLL FREQUENCY

MONTHLY, WEEKLY

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

9

(based on region;
see here
)

EMPLOYER TAXES

8.8% - 11.05%

of gross salary

13th / 14th SALARY

N/A

Good to know

  • The basic annual paid leave entitlement for an employee in Ireland is four weeks. The employer can decide to provide a longer vacation period.
  • The employee and the employer are required to contribute to the pay-related social insurance system (PRSI) that covers a range of social welfare benefits. An employee's contribution is 4% and the employer's share is 11.05% of taxable employment income.
  • Work-life balance is highly valued in Ireland. Even though overtime rules are not specified by law, it's become increasingly uncommon to expect employees to work late nights and weekends. The typical policies supporting work-life balance include annual leave, parental leave, and flexible working hours.

Employment in

Ireland

Working hours and overtime

The average Irish working week is 39 hours and the legal maximum 48 hours. Overtime pay and maximum overtime hours have not been clearly specified in Irish legislation and are usually determined through collective agreements or agreed upon between the employer and employee.

Employment contracts

There’s no statutory requirement for a contract’s language, but Irish employment contracts are usually provided in English.

Probationary period

The probationary period in Ireland typically lasts three months, but can be longer.

Pensions

There is an Irish state pension that is funded by employer and employee Social Security (PRSI) contributions. Employers can also contribute towards a flexible private pension called a PRSA (Personal Retirement Savings Accounts). The majority of employers in Ireland contribute to these plans.

Notice period

If a notice period hasn't been specified in an employment contract, the following minimum notice periods apply in Ireland:

  • 13 weeks to two years: One week
  • Two to five years: Two weeks
  • Five to 10 years: Four weeks
  • 10 to 15 years: Six weeks
  • 15 years or more: Eight weeks

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Holidays

01 Jan

New Year's Day

02 Aug

August Bank Holiday

17 Mar

Saint Patrick's Day

25 Oct

October Bank Holiday

05 Apr

Easter Monday

25 Dec

Christmas Day

03 May

May Day

26 Dec

St Stephen's Day

07 Jun

June Bank Holiday

01 Jan

New Year's Day

17 Mar

Saint Patrick's Day

05 Apr

Easter Monday

03 May

May Day

07 Jun

June Bank Holiday

02 Aug

August Bank Holiday

25 Oct

October Bank Holiday

25 Dec

Christmas Day

26 Dec

St Stephen's Day

Employer tax

Employers of Irish employees are required to pay social security (PRSI) tax, which is 11.05% of an employee’s salary. 

Individual tax

In Ireland, employees making up to €33,800 annually are taxed 20% and employees making a salary above €33,800 are taxed 40%. Employees also pay social security (PRSI) and a universal social charge ranging from 0.5% to 11%. 

Termination of employment

In Ireland, employers are not required to provide severance pay for employees who are terminated. Upon termination, the employee has the right to receive salary for work completed. They should also receive payment for earned unused annual leave.

In redundancy situations, an employee may be entitled to a statutory redundancy payment.

Start hiring employees in

Ireland

Setting up a business entity everywhere you want to hire a new employee isn’t scalable—it takes too long and the legal fees are high. At the same time, understanding and adhering to the local labor laws and employee expectations can be complex and time consuming. And it’s hard to find reliable information on up-to-date employment information for all the countries where you’re considering hiring. Not to mention tracking down invoices and managing employee contracts over email and spreadsheets—that gets messy fast. 

We can’t afford to take risks when it comes to compliance—we need to make sure we follow the local guidelines, especially when it comes to taxes and legalities. 

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