July 19, 2016 - Comments Off on Milburn Lewis – Making the Move Blog. Part IV – Dublin, Ireland
Milburn Lewis is a recruitment business that conducts cross border searches for our clients, the Big 4 and other international accountancy firms. Most of the professionals we work with are not just considering a career move, but also relocation.
This week, we cross the Irish sea with an exploration of Dublin, the capital of Ireland.
Dublin offers an outstanding location in which to grow and develop your career. With a fantastic work/life balance, a thriving economy, and a cosmopolitan culture, we have enjoyed helping professionals ‘Make the Move’ to Dublin for a number of years.
Welcome to Ireland
The Republic of Ireland is a sovereign state in north-western Europe and occupies about five-sixths of the Island of Ireland. Similar in size to the Czech Republic and Georgia, Ireland offers professionals a competitive business climate, excellent work/life balance, and easy access to the rest of the European Union.
Ireland is widely considered to be one of Europe’s most picturesque countries. It is bounded to the north and west by the Atlantic Ocean and to the northeast by the North Channel. To the east, the Irish sea connects to the Atlantic Ocean and separates Ireland from the mainland United Kingdom.
Similar to the countries previously featured in our ‘Making the Move’ series, Ireland is a relatively small country at 70,273 km². The total population is around 4.595 million, with round 20% of those living in Ireland being “foreign born”.
There are two official languages in Ireland: Irish and English. Although, Irish is recognised as the ‘national language’ in the Irish constitution, the vast majority of those living in Ireland use English as their primary language, with Irish being utilised as a community language only in a small number of rural areas mostly in the west and south of the country.
The Republic of Ireland is a unitary parliamentary republic, with its national parliament based in Ireland’s capital city, Dublin. Ireland is known for its welcoming nature, attracting tourists, professionals, and businesses from around the world.
The Irish, and certainly Dubliners, are also known for their Craic, which is a term for news, gossip, fun, entertainment, and enjoyable conversation, particularly prominent in Ireland.
Ireland has a modern knowledge economy, one that focuses on services and high-tech industries and dependent on trade, industry, and investment. According to the Index of Economic Freedom, Ireland is ranked ninth most “economically free” economy in the world.
Living and Working in Dublin
Dublin is the capital and largest city in the Republic of Ireland, with over 1,801,040 people living in the metropolitan area and around 527,612 in the city centre. Dublin is often referred to as the cultural epicentre of Ireland due to its diverse population, festivals, bars, restaurants, and museums.
Although Dublin is the largest city in Ireland, it is still small compared to many other European capitals. Spread over 115 km² it is comparable in size to Glasgow or Turin. It has excellent public transport links, with a tram/light rail system called the Luas making commuting between the city centre and outer suburbs quick and painless.
As well as offering an exceptional work/life balance, Dublin also presents professionals with fantastic opportunities for career development. In recent years, the Big 4 firms have all announced their intentions of investing heavily in the Irish and Dublin economies, ensuring these opportunities will be available in the long term.
Like most European cities we’ve explored, there is a healthy immigrant community in Dublin, attracting professionals and tourists from across the world. It is therefore highly likely that wherever you come from, you will find someone from your country of origin. Making Dublin a great choice for professionals looking to make an international move.
The Practicalities: Right to Work
Ireland has been a member of the European Union since 1973. Therefore, citizens of EU member countries do not require a visa or work permit in order to travel, reside, or gain employment in Ireland. However, if you are a non-EU citizen the process can become a lot more complicated. As always, however, we would like to point out that it is not impossible to acquire a move for non-EU passport holders.
If you are a non-EU citizen, you will be required to acquire an employment permit in order to work in Ireland. Since October 2014 there are 9 types of employment permit. Currently, there are 4 main types of employment permits, although only two will apply to most professionals ‘Making the Move’ to Ireland:
- General Employment Permit: are available for occupations with an annual remuneration of €30,000 or more. They will only be considered in exceptional cases for jobs with a lower annual remuneration. Normally, a labour market needs test is required.
- Critical Skills Employment Permit: are available for most occupations with annual remuneration of over €60,000. They are also available for occupations with annual remuneration of at least €30,000 on the Highly Skilled Occupations List. There is no requirement for a labour market needs test.
Given the salaries one might expect within the Big 4 or other accountancy firms, we believe that these work permits offer a real opportunity to making the move to Dublin.
The Practicalities: Cost of Living in Dublin
Dublin is a city that is full of culture and excitement. Having undergone a transformation over the last decade, the feedback we’ve received is that it is a safe and enjoyable city to live in. However, given its relatively small size and popularity amongst tourist, it can be rather expensive to rent and buy in Dublin.
We strongly believe this shouldn’t dissuade you from making a move to Dublin, however. The feedback we’ve received from professionals are that these costs a more than mitigated by the high salaries, strong economy, and exceptional work/life balance.
Like most cities, Dublin has its upmarket suburbs that are incredibly popular and therefore expensive. Ranelagh on the south side and Clontarf on the north are popular with professionals. These are known to have a lively nightlife and will offer ample opportunities for socialising and networking with fellow professionals.
For those with families, the areas of Ballsbridge and Donnybrook cater for the more settled crowd and most of the embassies are located here. Still, the closer you get to Baggott Street the more the tempo rises.
Regardless of where you choose to live in Dublin, the exceptional public transport offers quick and painless commutes from most areas – making Dublin a perfect choice for those professional who are wanting to improve their work/life balance.
Another thing to think about when considering a move is healthcare. In Ireland, the healthcare system is modern and reasonably efficient. It is also free, if you don’t take in to consideration the taxes that pay for it. Everyone resident – regardless of status – in Ireland is entitled to free public health coverage. However, the level of free coverage depends on your economic health – the poorer it is, the higher you level of coverage.
Like we’ve already said, however, the cost of living is high in Dublin but so is the quality of life, salaries, and opportunities for career advancement.
Concluding Remarks: Dublin, Ireland
Dublin is a city that offers Big 4 professionals the opportunity to work in a growing and thriving economy, advance their career, whilst simultaneously achieving an excellent work/life balance. If you’re committed to a move to Dublin, or simply curious to know more about our clients and the roles available, email firstname.lastname@example.org.