Global PEO Services (GPS) helps companies hire employees in Ireland without establishing a legal entity. All human resources, benefits, payroll, and tax needs for the employees are managed by our Ireland PEO, while the new hires and headquarter teams focus on your business goals. Using an Ireland PEO is the fastest and most efficient way to develop a workforce in Ireland.
When hiring employees in Ireland, establishing a subsidiary or branch office is not always the best route, as it’s often a lengthy and expensive process. Hiring via a Professional Employer Organization (PEO), or Employer of Record (EOR), is a faster and often more effective option – especially when starting up in a new country.
Global PEO Services hires the employees on your behalf, legally contracting them through our subsidiary in accordance with Ireland labor laws. As a result, the burden of compliance is on us and the employees can begin work for your company in a matter of days. PEOs/EORs provide you with a streamlined option for hiring employees, testing markets, and responding to growing business needs in Ireland. With Global PEO Services, you get control without taking on legal entity liabilities, contractor risks, or sacrificing on talent or speed to market.
Ireland - Country Overview
Ireland is in Western Europe, separated from the United Kingdom to the east by multiple bodies of water. The nation is a small country whose economic growth is reliant on commerce. Since 2017, the Irish economy has expanded, owing to significant job growth, a robust export industry, and low inflation.
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Employment Contracts in Ireland
In Ireland, an employment contract can be either in writing or verbal.
However, under the Terms of Employment (Information) Act, an employer must provide employees with a written summary of terms and conditions within two months after their start date.
Some of the details typically mentioned in the written employment contract in Ireland include:
- Employment start date and expected employment duration (if a temporary contract)
- Location and nature of the work
- Information about collective bargaining agreements that affect employment conditions
- and more
The different types of employment relationships are:
- Permanent Employment – Irish labor law does not particularly address permanent employment. However, per the Terms of Work (Information) Act, an employer must provide a written statement of terms and conditions within two months of the start date of employment.
- Fixed-Term Contracts – In Ireland, the employment of a fixed-term employee is:
- to perform specific work or project
- under a contract with a particular start and end date
- under a contract whose continuation is contingent on a particular event, such as external funding
- Temporary Employment – The Terms of Employment (Information) Act of Ireland defines an “agency worker” as an individual recruited by an employment agency under an employment contract that allows the individual to be assigned to work for and under the direction and supervision of an employment agency.”
A probationary period typically lasts up to 12 months in Ireland.
Working Hours in Ireland
Ireland’s statutory maximum working hours are 48 hours per week, and the average workweek is determined over four months.
Employee Leave in Ireland
Employees in Ireland are entitled to the following leaves:
- Annual leave in Ireland – Employees are allowed yearly paid leave of 4 weeks per year.
- Maternity leave in Ireland – Female employees can take paid maternity leave of 26 weeks and additional unpaid maternity leave of 16 weeks.
- Sick leave in Ireland – Employees in Ireland usually do not have a legal entitlement to their employer’s pay while on sick leave. On the other hand, employers can set their sick-leave policies and agree to pay employees while they are unwell.
- Paternity leave in Ireland – Male employees can take two weeks of paid paternity leave which employees must take consecutively.
The following are the statutory national holidays in Ireland:
- January 1 – New Year’s Day
- March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day
- April 18 – Easter Monday
- May 2 – May Day
- June 6 – June Bank Holiday
- August 1 – August Bank Holiday
- October 31 – October Bank Holiday
- December 25 – Christmas Day
- December 26 – St. Stephen’s Day
Employee Termination in Ireland
Employers in Ireland must give their employees a one-week notice to terminate an employment relationship after being employed continuously for at least 13 weeks.
Employers are required to provide employees with the following notice periods in Ireland based on their continuous service:
- Employment between 13 weeks to 2 years – 1 week
- Employment of 2 to 5 years – 2 weeks
- Employment of 5 to 10 years – 4 weeks
- Employment of 10-15 years – 6 weeks
- Employment of more than 15 years of – 8 weeks
Global Mobility in Ireland
There are typically the following categories of visas in Ireland:
- Long-stay “D” visas (over 90 days)
- Short-stay “C” visas (up to 90 days)
- Multiple-entry and single-entry visas
- Re-entry visas
Most non-EEA nationals need work permits in Ireland. There are generally nine different employment permits under the Employment Permits (Amendment) Act of 2014.
- General Employment Permits (formerly work permits)
- Critical Skills Employment Permits (formerly Green Card permits)
- Dependent/Partner/Spouse Employment Permits
- Reactivation Employment Permits
- Contract for Services Employment Permits
- Intra-Company Transfer Employment Permits
- Internship Employment Permits
- Sport and Cultural Employment Permits
- Exchange Agreement Employment Permits
Employee Benefits in Ireland
Social insurance, often known as social welfare, is a government-mandated insurance program that provides financial help to the elderly, disabled, injured, and unemployed.
Currently, the State offers two types of retirement pensions:
- State Pension (Contributory)
- State Pension (Non-Contributory)
Some examples of social insurance programs in Ireland are:
- Dependents’/Survivors Benefit – In Ireland, Widow’s, Widower’s, or Surviving Civil Partner’s (Contributory) Pension is a weekly payment to the widow, widower, or civil partner of a deceased person.
- Life and Disability Insurance/Benefit – In Ireland, the State pays compensation to insured people wounded or disabled due to an accident, whether at work or while commuting to or from work. The Occupational Injuries Scheme likewise covers employees who have suffered a work-related sickness.