At IT Search, we help to relocate IT Professionals from around the globe. Dublin is a vibrant city teeming with culture and history and is home to over 1,000 EMEA Headquarters in the IT, Financial Services and Telecommunications sectors.


IT Search is a small, Dublin based agency, specialising in permanent and contract IT recruitment across Ireland, UK & Europe. Our consultants have assisted thousands of technology specialists in relocating to several large cities in Europe including Dublin, London, Berlin, Brussels & Paris. We work with some of the most exciting companies in Europe, helping them to attract and retain the best talent for their growing technology teams. Our team can guide you through all stages of the relocation process, from application to your first day on the job.


What You Need to Know

These are some of the main points to consider when considering relocation to Dublin:


  • Visas / Work Permits
  • Accommodation
  • Banking
  • Taxation
  • Cost of Living
  • Healthcare, Transport, Weather, Education etc.


Many candidates will need visas in order to enter Ireland. You can apply for an Irish visa at your nearest Irish embassy or consulate. It is important to note that a visa does not confer any right to live in Ireland or to work but allows your entry into the country. If you are a citizen of any of the following countries (listed below), you do not require an entry visa for Ireland. Countries whose citizens are not required to be in possession of a valid Irish visa can be found by following this link.


Work Permits

European Citizens & Switzerland, Nordics & Liechtenstein:


Can live and work in Ireland without restriction.


All Other States:


Citizens from Non-EU states typically require a valid work permit to work in Ireland.


There are 9 different work permits available:

  • General Employment Permit
  • Critical Skills Employment Permit
  • Dependant / Partner / Spousal Employment Permit
  • Reactivation Employment Permit

Other Employment Permits:

  • Contract for Services
  • Intra-Company Transfer
  • Internship Employment Permit
  • Sport & Cultural
  • Exchange Agreement


Details of all permits, visas and criteria for each of these can be found by following this link.


Once you have been issued with an employment permit you have all the employment rights of Irish or EEA citizens for the duration of the employment permit.




Finding accommodation in Ireland can be competitive so make sure to give yourself as much time as possible when searching for suitable housing. We are on hand to assist and direct you towards agents who can walk you through the process smoothly.

When looking for private rented accommodation in Ireland, you can use local newspapers, estate agencies or rental websites such as:



Rental Prices


  • Average rental prices as of January 2017 can be seen below – it is important to note that there are significant differences in prices depending on location so be sure to shop around.
  • Shared House (Central Dublin) = €500 – €700
  • Shared House (Outside Central Dublin) = €350 – €600
  • One Bed (Central) = €1,200 – €1,500
  • One Bed (Outside Central Dublin) = €1,100 – €1,300
  • Two Bed (Central) = €1,500 – €2,000
  • Two Bed (Outside Central Dublin) = €1,200 – €1,600


Supporting Documentation


When you are renting a property, it is likely that you will be asked for the following documents so it is a good idea to have them to hand when you begin your search:

  • Copies of photographic identification, work permits / visas
  • Bank statement / credit report / tax identification
  • Proof of employment (contract of employment / letter of employment)
  • Letter of reference from previous landlord(s)



It is important to get a clear understanding from your landlord in relation to any utilities which are included in the rental and which you need to pay separately. Your landlord should be able to give you a good indication of what you should expect to pay. Typically, you will have to pay for the following utilities:


  • Electricity / Gas
  • Water
  • Bins (sometimes covered in apartment complexes)
  • Internet / Phone Lines

Bank Accounts


Setting up a bank account is one of the first things you should set up when you arrive in Ireland as you will need it in order to be paid by your employer and to pay rent / bills etc.


The most popular banks in Ireland are:


  • AIB
  • Bank of Ireland
  • Ulster Bank
  • Permanent TSB


In order to open a bank account, you will need the following


  • Photographic ID (Passport / Irish or UK Driver’s Licence)
  • Proof of address (Utility bill from past 6 months, letter from Revenue or letter from Dept of Social Protection


Tax Number


When you move to Ireland you will be required to apply for a Tax Number (PPS Number). You may be able to start working without this number however it is not recommended as you will be taxed at a higher rate (Up to 50%) without it. You can however claim this tax back once you have obtained your PPS Number.

To apply for your PPSN, you will need the following:

  • Valid passport (Irish citizens must also produce a birth certificate)
  • Proof of address (Utility bill, bank statement, official government letter, lease or tenancy agreement, verifiable employer letter)

How to apply:



Tax Rates / Salary Guide


Tax Rates 2017:

Tax rates can vary year on year and it is possible to review an in-depth tax guide for 2017 by following the below link –

Take Home Pay 2017: (based on single employee, no children, under age 65



Annual Gross Income Net Monthly Income Annual Net Salary
€40,000 €2,598 €31,170
€50,000 €3,022 €36,017
€60,000 €3,448 €41,370
€70,000 €3,872 €46,470
€80,000 €4,273 €51,271



Cost of Living


Some details below regarding cost of living in Dublin / Ireland. Again, important to note that these values are based on averages and it is good to research the different amenities in the area you choose to live to gauge a more accurate representation of cost for different things.


You can also use the below cost comparison website as a guide to give you a ballpark estimation of differences in cost of living between different EU cities.

Item Average Cost Range
Meal (Inexpensive) €15.00 €10.00 – €20.00
Meal For 2 (Mid Range) €60.00 €40.00 – €70.00
Draft Beer €5.00 €4.50 – €5.50
Imported Beer €5.00 €4.00 – €5.50
Americano €2.30 €2.00 – €3.20
Milk (1L) €1.00 €0.75 – €1.50
Bread €1.50 €0.99 – €2.00
Rice €1.49 €1.00 – €2.50
Chicken Breast (1kg) €8.59 €6.30 – €10.50


Other (Transport / Healthcare etc)



Dublin has some good transport links within the city and connecting to other locations around Ireland. You can purchase a Leap Card for 5 euro in most newsagents or online for use on all public transport systems at a reduced fare. If you choose not to buy a leap card you will be required to pay your fare in coins (buses will not accept bank notes).


For more information on fares and monthly / weekly / yearly tickets, please see below sites –


Dublin Bus:

Trains / DARTs:




Public Healthcare:

EU/EEA citizens or Swiss nationals, along with Irish residents are entitled to the same level of healthcare as Irish citizens. Depending on income, you may be eligible for a medical care, which entitles you to a full range of medical treatments and services at no cost.

If you are not an EU/EEA citizen or Swiss national you will be entitled to listed number of treatments and services and will required to pay the remainder.


Private Healthcare:

In addition to the public healthcare system, you can avail of private healthcare services from different healthcare providers (some of the most popular ones are listed below). There are different packages at a range of different costs available to you so make sure to shop around in order to get the best package to suit your needs. Some employers may cover all / a proportion of your private healthcare as an added benefit.


Popular Health Insurance Providers:

  • Laya Healthcare
  • Aviva
  • VHI
  • Irish Life Health


Useful Websites: