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Holiday Pay in Ireland

16 July 2007 | Ireland | 136 Responses

Here is a quick run down of what you are entitled to with regards to holiday pay in Ireland (officially known as annual leave). Hopefully this guide will remove some of the myths regarding holiday pay. This information has been brought to you in association with

Calculating Holiday Pay

There are three different ways of calculating your annual leave entitlement:

  1. Based on the employee’s working hours during what is called the leave year, which runs from April to March. An employee who has worked at least 1,365 hours in the leave year (that is, an average working week of 26.25 hours) is entitled to the maximum of four weeks’ annual leave. Many employers use the calendar year (January-December) instead of the official leave year to calculate entitlement
  2. By allowing 1/3 of a working week for each calendar month in which the employee has worked at least 117 hours
  3. 8% of the hours worked in the leave year, subject to a maximum of 4 weeks


  • An employee may use whichever of these methods gives the greater entitlement.
  • An employee who has worked for at least 8 months is entitled to an unbroken period of 2 weeks’ annual leave.

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Taking annual leave Rules

It is for your employer to decide when annual leave may be taken, but this is subject to a number of conditions. Your employer must take into account your family responsibilities, opportunities for rest and recreation that are available to you and to consult with you (or your union) at least one month before the leave is to be taken. In addition, annual leave should be taken within the appropriate leave year or with your consent, within six months of the relevant leave year. Further holding over (also known as carrying-over) of annual leave at your wish is a matter for agreement between you and your employer. So if you don’t take it you could loose out entirely.

Irish Green Card FAQ

28 June 2007 | Ireland | 84 Responses

Here is a quick summary with answers of the main questions about the new Irish Green Card. This information has been gathered from various source, but it’s especially based on the information available at , The Deptartment of Enterprise, Trade & Employment, Ireland.

  • Who applies for the Green Card Permit?
    • Either the employee or employer can apply for the green card.
  • Who will the Green Card be sent to ?
    • The employee will receive the official document, and the employer will receive a copy.
  • What jobs qualify for a Green Card Permit
    • All jobs that earn over €60,000 per year
    • Certain jobs that are on the list which earn between €30,000 and €60,000 per year
  • What is the list of for jobs that pat between €30,000 and €60,000 per year?
    • A comprehensive list can be found [here].
  • What is the minimum length of contract allowed ?
    • The job offer must be for at least 2 years.
  • Are there any special qualifications or exams needed ?
    • The applicant my possess relevant experience, skills , or experience that are required for the position.
  • What must the company do to qualify to offer a Green Card ?
    • The company must be registered with the CRO and not have more than 50% non EU-citizen employees.
    • The job offer must not be older than 60 days.
    • The job offer must be on company headed notepaper.
    • The job offer must be for a position of length, at least 2 years.
  • What must the job offer contain to qualify?
    • Details of start date.
    • Annual salary , excluding bonuses.
    • A full job description.
    • Information in respect of the qualifications, skills or experience that are required for the employment.
  • How much does a Green card Cost ?
    • A new green card costs €1,000 and is valid for 2 years
    • A renewal green card costs €1,500, and is valid indefinitely
  • Can I get a Green Card for less than 2 years ?
    • No, the minimum length is 2 years.

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We hope that has helped you a little, if you have any questions please feel free to post them below. And as we mentioned above, see the list of [job that qualify for an Irish Greencard if you want to know what jobs qualify for this program.

Third Level Graduate Scheme Permit

25 June 2007 | Ireland | 62 Responses

Since April this year there has been yet another product from the Dept. of Enterprise, Trade and Employment. This one is called the “Third Level Graduate Scheme“, which allows a “legally resident non-EEA third level graduates to remain in Ireland for the purpose of seeking employment and applying for a Green Card or Work Permit“. This may seem like a mouthful, but what it means is that once you have finished your studies in Ireland, you now apply for permission to look for a job here. They will give you 6 months to find such a position, otherwise you will have to leave.

Irish Green Card

Who can Apply

This permit is for anyone who will be receiving a primary, masters or doctorate degree from an Irish third level educational institution.

Length of Permit

The graduate is allowed to stay for 1 stay of up to 6 months after the date they receive their exam results. The purpose of these 6 months is to give the graduate a chance to find a job that would allow them to qualify for an Irish Green Card.

How to Apply

The relevant forms can be picked up from a local Garda station, and you will need to include the following in your application:

  • An original signed letter from the college registrar’s office stating your completion of your course.
  • Current Passport (this must be valid for at least 6 months after the end of any such permit)
  • Certification of Registration issued by Garda National Emigration Bureau.


With this permit you can legally work 40-hours a week without a further employment permit. And unless you receive an Irish Green Card or get another valid permission to stay under some other scheme you will be required to leave the country.

eirjobs news – off the air

21 June 2007 | Ireland | 2 Responses

Just a quick note to our readers that we are off the air until, July 16th, normal service will resume sometime around then ! This is not quite a posting. There will be a few (i.e. 4) delayed posts here, that will provide some reading for our visitors. In fact this is one of the 4, I should be jumping on a plane (hopefully with my baggage safely stored in the hold) right now. But besides these, the shop will be proverbially shut.

Year so far

Just a quick look back at the last 5 or so months of blogging, it’s been great, I think I racked up about 130 posts. Maybe not all of them were interesting to everyone, but I’m sure posts like the Irish Green Card one have helped a few people (hopefully coming to Ireland). It’s been a blast, but now it’s time for some holidaying.

Here are some hints as to where I will be:


All the best and see you after the break !

That €11,000 a day job

20 June 2007 | Ireland | 7 Responses

Ever wondered who earns the most in Ireland at a regular day job ? Well figures released today suggest that Bank of Ireland ( chief executive Brian Goggin earned almost €4m in the 12 months to the end of March or €3,998,000 to be precise, or just under €11,000 a day. In the previous year he earned a measly €2.5 million. This isn’t bad for the 55 year old who joined BOI in 1969. Really this figure is only a small percentage of their €986 wages and salary bill for 2006 for their 15,952 workers. Mr Goggin is touted as the highest paid executive of an Irish stock market listed company. His rival at AIB ( Eugene Sheehy, chief executive of the AIB Group, earned €2.5m last year.

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So do you think these guys are worth their weight in gold ? Is such a high salary necessary to keep them in their positions ? Or were they actually worth that to the company ? Who knows, but I guess these guys (and the tax man) are laughing all the way back to their respective banks !

Edit : those of you who would like to see a picture of Eugene Sheehy, check

Our Creme Eggs are safe !

19 June 2007 | Ireland | Comments Off on Our Creme Eggs are safe !

Yesterday we were worried about Cadbury’s in Ireland axing some jobs. But today we can bring the good news that there are no further job losses planned for the Coolock plant.

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Management has announced that there won’t any further cuts in Ireland, but there will be cuts in some of the other plants abroad, and some will be completely closed down.  In all the plan to close 15% of their world wide plants !

Editor : But at least our Irish Creme Eggs are safe !


Further job losses at Cadbury ?

18 June 2007 | Ireland | 1 Response

News has come today (via RTÉ, via The Irish Independent) about fears of further redundancies in the pipeline for workers at Cadbury-Schwepps. Currently they employ 1,100 staff at their plant in Coolock, Co. Dublin. But last year they started a 3-year plan to shed 450 jobs. This is part of the company wide cost-cutting efforts to save €450m and to make over 5,000 workers redundant worldwide.

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It is reported today that there might be further job looses on the cards for the Coolock plant.

Editor :Hopefully this won’t hinder our supplies of Cadbury Creme eggs .

Laepple to close in Carlow

15 June 2007 | Ireland | Comments Off on Laepple to close in Carlow

More grim jobs news today for Ireland, first it was Molex, now it’s the turn of Läpple Ireland Ltd. ( who have announced their plans to close their Carlow plant. 140 jobs will be lost in the company who manufacture press dies and tools as well as sheet metal components for the car industry. The company has been operating in Carlow for over 20 years, and the management cited the increase in operating costs in recent years as to the reason for closing.

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Läpple managers will start the redundancy negotiations on Monday with shop stewards, and the plant will cease operations by the end of the year.

Molex to close in Cork, 80 jobs lost

15 June 2007 | Ireland | 1 Response

And we’re back after a short outage with some sad news for the people of Millstreet. Today Molex Ireland ( have announced that they are closing their North Cork plant in Millstreet and consolidating their Irish operations to Shannon, Co. Clare. Molex manufacture electrical connection systems, and have been doing so in Millstreet since 1985. It’s estimated that 80 jobs will be lost in the town.

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A reshuffle by Bertie

15 June 2007 | Ireland | Comments Off on A reshuffle by Bertie

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Bertie has picked over 2/3 of the outgoing cabinet to return to his front bench for his 3rd term as Taoiseach. Brian Cowen was named as Tanaiste. Brian Lenihan has been promoted to a full ministerial rank. He will be the new Minister for Justice to replace the former PD leader Michael McDowell. Dick Roche and John O’Donoghue were the only ministers axed from the previous cabinet, both got good consolation prizes. Mr Roche be once again the Junior Minister for European Affairs, and Mr O’Donoghue was appointed as the new Ceann Comhairle.

The position of Ceann Comhairle comes with a salary of €205,000, which is on a par with his old ministerial salary, and he will also have a state car at his dispoasal. Mr O’Donoghue will also be automatically re-elected to the next Dáil. The Green Party managed to negotiate two senior Cabinet positions, for its support. John Gormley will take the coveted Environment portfolio while Eamonn Ryan was appointed Minister of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources. More can be read via

Regulations that hinder jobs in Ireland

13 June 2007 | Ireland | 2 Responses

An Bord Pleanála ( will be announcing whether IKEA (, the Swedish furniture company, will be allowed to build their 30,000sq m superstore at Ballymun in Dublin. Last October it was planning permission was approved by Fingal County Council, which was subsequently appealed (by a number of bodies, including the Greens) . In Ireland there is a regulatory restriction on the maximum floor space a retail premises can be. And this would be the main reason for stopping IKEA opening a store in Ireland. Because of their methods of operation, a store would need to be of this size to be viable. They cite storing and displaying their goods as the reason why such a large floorspace is needed. If this store goes ahead, it could bring up to 500 jobs in the Ballymun area (which it has to be said would be welcomed with open arms).

IKEA Ireland

So why is there such a problem with this rule ? Is it the lobbying from the small trades organisations ? Do they feel that they business is in jeopardy ? IKEA can offer great things to the Irish economy namely jobs and the availability of affordable furniture. Here is a typical example where the powers that be have been shooting themselves in the foot, with the topic of job creation. The mind boggles ! So with the new government having the Green Party on board, this saga might be drawn out for a bit longer.

EDIT : More in-depth can be found here : Irish Town Planners Blog

Aer Lingus rumoured to set up in Belfast

12 June 2007 | Ireland | 1 Response

News has emerged that Aer Lingus ( is considering using the International Airport at Aldergrove, Belfast as it’s new UK hub. If this comes to fruition it could bring an estimated 1,000 jobs to the area. Aer Lingus are looking at expanding their UK operations and they see that Belfast would be an ideal location. One of the main routes planned, is the reinstatement of the Belfast/Heathrow route.

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[pic from flickr mirecek]

Now this just confuses us here at eirjobs no end, we’ve been scratching our heads on this one. Why does Aer Lingus think that locating it’s UK hub away from all the major cities in the UK a good idea ? Do they think that people would fly via Belfast to get to their destinations ? Granted it could be of benefit when the Open Skies agreement comes in to operation, where Belfast can be used as a stepping stone to go West. But for the regular European flights I can’t see many people opting to fly via Belfast.

402 new Fujitsu jobs in NI

6 June 2007 | Ireland | Comments Off on 402 new Fujitsu jobs in NI

IT service company Fujitsu ( has announced plans to create 328 new jobs in Derry at the Timber Quay Building and a further 74 new jobs at it’s offices in Belfast. These new jobs are in the “Managed IT Facility”, which we think is where they take care of a companies IT needs. Those of you who are interested can check their employment section of their website: [here].

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Head quartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu is one of the world’s largest technology companies and employs over 158,000 people in 500 subsidiary companies around the world.

Vodafone outsource 200 jobs

6 June 2007 | Ireland | 1 Response

Last week it was 02 outsourcing, and now it’s the turn of Vodafone ( The news today is that 200 jobs will be outsourced to IBM ( with a view to reducing operational costs for the company. 130 of these jobs are reported to be in contract positions and the remaining ones are from Vodafone’s full time staff.

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Breeo Foods in Mitchelstown Cork to close

5 June 2007 | Ireland | 1 Response

News last Friday (yes we’ve been away for the last few days) came that 70 jobs are to be lost at a meat processing plant at Mitchelstown in North Cork. Breeo Foods (, which is part of the Dairygold ( group. It is due to close in the coming months, a company spokesman said. The Mitchelstown plant is mainly a meat processing facility for rashers and sausages. Their products will still be made in Ireland, but under licence from 3rd party producers.

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