Relocating to Ireland is far easier than in most other European Union Countries. European Union citizens are free to work in Ireland without requiring a visa or work permit (except the recent accession states of Bulgaria & Romania).


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English (official) is the language generally used, Irish (Gaelic or Gaeilge) (official) spoken mainly in areas located along the western seaboard.

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Social Security & Tax System

Candidates that are relocating to Ireland will be able to register for a social security number ( ) by visiting a local social security office. To register you will only need your Passport identity and you will be able to then request a PPS tax number. ( First things first!

  • In order to be paid in Ireland you will require a PPS number.
  • If you do not have a PPS number or do not have a P45 (from your last Irish job) you will be taxed on an emergency basis.
  • If you require a PPS number because you are new to Ireland you can complete an SW100 at REMEMBER; you will need to get a PPS number before you can get a tax certificate. You may also find your closest social welfare office to your home address on and visit them in-person to get the PPS number.
  • You should also register on for “PAYE ANYTIME”. This will allow you to see your own tax credits and details. In order to register you will require a PPS number and mother’s maiden name.


Accommodation rental in Ireland is readily available and is not difficult to arrange. Typically people rent rooms in houses or apartments rather than studio apartments. Studio apartments are not as common as in other EU countries and command a premium that most people do not consider necessary. To satisfy a landlord you will need proof of ID (Passport or ID card), social security number, employer reference and possibly a copy of a bank statement. You will need to pay one month’s rent in advance and a months’ deposit in order to secure a room.

Average Monthly Rent

Single/Double Room €400 - 600 €300 - 500 €200 - 400
Bed in Shared Room €200 - 400 €150 - 350 €150 - 250
Studio €600 - 800 €400 - 700 €300 - 600


Opening a Bank Account in Ireland

You must be aged at least 18 and provide two forms of identification (including one with a photograph, such as a passport) plus proof of residence in Ireland (e.g. a recent utility bill) if applicable. It’s best to set up an account before moving to Ireland so that you can transfer funds in advance. It’s also sensible to keep an account open in the country you’re leaving to deal with final bills and unexpected expenses.

You will want to select a branch near to where you will be living in Ireland. Although it’s possible for non-resident homeowners to do most of their banking via a foreign account using debit and credit cards, you will still need an Irish bank account to pay your Irish utility bills and receive your pay from your employer.

There are eight banks in Ireland, the most widespread being the Bank of Ireland (with 320 branches) and the Allied Irish Bank, known as AIB Bank (with 300 branches). These two along with Ulster Bank (114 branches) and the National Irish Bank (62 branches) are known as the Associated Banks, because they provide a clearing system for all other Irish banks. The four remaining banks are the Trustee Savings Bank (83 branches), First Active, formerly the First National Building Society, (65 branches), ACC Bank (49 branches) and ICC Bank (5 branches).

How much will I need to relocate to Ireland?

  • Money for a flight
  • Hostel accommodation while looking for a room & job
  • Deposit + 1 month’s rent
  • Food, travel and subsistence
  • Enough money to cover you until you receive your first pay from your employer. Note most employers will pay you monthly in arrears for office/professional jobs. Employers that use temporary staff will pay weekly or bi-monthly.
  • You will need to be paid into a bank account. You must put this as a priority when you arrive in Ireland. Arranging your social security, pps number and bank account will dictate how much and how quickly you get paid.