Working in Ireland

Why choose Ireland?

The Irish Government invests over €782 million annually in research in Ireland’s higher education institutions. The result is that, despite being a small country in population terms, Ireland’s higher education institutions are in the top 1% of research institutions globally for research impact in 19 fields, spanning natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities.

Many of the world’s biggest and best companies have located strategic research facilities here in Ireland. All the top 10 ICT companies all maintain a presence here, with several choosing to base their EMEA operations from Irish facilities. The driving factors are often economic, but they frequently cite access to world class innovation, alongside the flexibility and adaptability of the people as reasons to stay and expand.

In Irish research, you’ll find a unique ecosystem that sees academic researchers working hand-in-hand with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as well as large multinational companies, and funding agencies willing to support them.

Please visit the Irish Universities Association International pages for more information on relocating to Ireland as a researcher.

Visas & Work Permits

If you are a citizen of an EU/EEA (European Economic Area) nation or a Swiss national, with the exception of Bulgaria and Romania, you do not require a permit to work or study in Ireland.

Otherwise, you will be required to fulfil a number of conditions to seek permission to work or study in Ireland. The eligibility requirements and contractual terms of the EDGE programme are designed to fulfil these conditions and access the Hosting Agreement Scheme; however you should review all information on visas and work permits to ensure you are able to work in Ireland.

The Hosting Agreement Scheme offers a free and fast track service for visa applications for higher education institutions and the private sector, who wish to recruit non-EU researchers to the country. Under the Scheme visas are issued rapidly and work permits are not required. Researcher’s families can accompany them immediately and use public schooling. Family members have access to the job market and the researchers can stay on to look for a job after their contract ends.

For more information about visas and work permits visit EURAXESS Ireland.

Information for you (and your family) about working in Ireland

As a researcher on a specific purpose employment contract, you have the rights of a public sector worker entitled by Irish law. This includes sick leave, maternity / paternity and parental leave, access to state and other types of pension, public healthcare and access to private healthcare through insurance. You may also avail of many other benefits including welfare payments for children and for carers, and tax-incentive schemes on cycle to work and public travel.

Each of the EDGE host institutes provide comprehensive employee services for staff welfare and development. You can find links to these here.

Living in Ireland

Ireland is renowned for its friendly citizens and warm welcomes is among the ‘World’s Friendliest Countries’ as voted by Lonely Planet. As an English speaking European nation, it is often seen as a gateway to Europe by the rest of the world. Today, Ireland is a dynamic, lively, modern country with a young population and a successful, technologically orientated economy. Ireland also remains a country with deep heritage, where tradition, culture, music, conversation, time to relax, listen and make friends are all important.

For more general information about Ireland place to live and work including travel, food, shopping, accommodation, climate and practicalities see