What is the general pay in Ireland

Working in Ireland

As trade unions are still very influential in Ireland, wages are often negotiated on a collaborative basis and are therefore largely the same across industries.

The regional wage differentials in Ireland are generally smaller than the differences between different industries. In the past, the highest paid industries were mining and the chemical industry. Today, workers in the IT and financial services sectors enjoy the highest salaries, even if work in chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturing is also well paid.

Other above-average paying industries are communications (including telecommunications and transportation); Food, beverage and tobacco processing; Manufacture of medical devices; Oil and gas exploration (there is a particularly high bonus for the first person to find oil in Ireland!); and construction. The worst-paying areas include materials production (including metals, plastics, textiles, rubber, leather, glass, and ceramics), printing and publishing, electrical and electronic engineering, and sales.

Larger companies usually pay better than smaller ones, who just as often expect employees to work longer. For the same job, you can expect up to 30% more wages in a company with over 500 employees than in a company with fewer than 50 employees. In terms of departments, department heads in production and manufacturing earn the most, followed by IT, administration, marketing or sales, and finance and accounting.

Salaries in lower positions are determined by collective bargaining and the annual increase determined by national wage agreements. The newest agreement, called Partnership2000, introduced a number of tax breaks that increased net income by up to 14 percent over three years.

Working hours and overtime

Irish people are generally not workaholics - they value social life too much for that. Most Irish people do not work on weekends when something can wait until Monday, nor will they work overtime or get a second job when it is not necessary. A working day in an Irish office is from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with a one-hour lunch break, usually between noon and 2:00 p.m. Many offices, including government offices, are closed between 12.30pm and 2pm.

The average Irish work week is 39 hours. The legal limit is 48 hours (note that this is the average of four months, so your actual working hours could vary significantly). The working hours are determined by EU directives, which give you at least 11 hours of continuous break every 24 hours and at least one break every day for a working day over six hours. You are also entitled to a 24-hour break every week. Employers must compensate their staff for Sunday work (i.e. pay more than other days). As a night worker, you will receive a free health check-up before you start work and at regular intervals after work.

By Just Landed

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