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11. Posted by MerB (Full Member 147 posts) 10y

Hello let me tell you it is FULLY possible to work in Ireland. That is, I assume you are talking about the South (Republic of) Ireland, and that you are talking about a big city such as Dublin, where all the work, legit and 'non-legit' is.
I am a South African who worked in Ireland (Dublin) a few years ago, both legit and 'non-legit'.
As far as getting legit work, like the IT person asked, THAT can be very difficult - you may have to make two trips, one to find the work, and one to then re-enter the country once your prospective employer has applied for a work permit for you.
But as far as non-legit or under-the-table work goes. It is plentiful especially in high season. And not impossible to get. The reason being that, unlike some other EU countries (the Netherlands springs to mind), in Ireland the tax function is seperate from the work permit function. I.e. you can apply for a tax number from the tax department WITHOUT having a work permit. And many casual employers assume that if you have a tax number, you must have permission to work, or otherwise they just turn a blind eye. Also as long as they have a tax number for you they can fill in the forms that they have to and then they have done their legal bit. You can get a tax number from the tax office if you are not sure where it is ask the tourist office.

There are a few catches of course. The main thing is that if you are young and full of energy you can make it, if you are old or otherwise tired you may not, because it can take a bit of work from your side and there ARE obstacles to overcome. Bargain on it taking you at least a week of CONCENTRATED and continued effor to find a work. And do of course realise that you will be underpaid and grievously exploited.
MAIN TIPS:

  • Stay in a backpackers hostel because that is where 'word of mouth' relating to jobs is rife - a lot of people there are in the same boat and know-people-who-have-gotten-a-job-here-or-there etc.

(Ask the residents not the staff it is better).

  • Do have enough money to carry yourself for at least three weeks comfortably, or four weeks uncomfortably.
  • Do NOT under any circumstances accept a 'job offer' of any company that states that for your 'training period' or 'evaluation period' you will not get paid and then thereafter you will get paid or told if you got the job or not. This is just a scheme to get some free labour with no commitment.
  • Places to look for under-the-table work include pubs and fast-food establishments. Places I know of for a fact that hire foreigners

without too many questions are the Pizza Hut and Abrakebabra chain. Also I think McDonalds too. Having said that I myself worked at an Abrakebabra and it was SHEER AND UTTER HELL and must have taken five years off my life easy. But the girl I knew who worked at Pizza Hut seemed to be happy there. Free pizza too.
At a pub even if you can't get work waitering you can get work cleaning tables or washing glasses. But you have to ask at many pubs. Look in the inner city. Start in the Temple Bar area.
The people at your backpackers may know of factories etc. that are hiring.
A good newspaper to buy for job ads is the Herald.
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That's all I can think of now.

12. Posted by gagnon (Budding Member 27 posts) 10y

Thanks for all the great advice, MerB. So, other than your work situation, did you enjoy your stay in Ireland? How long were you there for?

13. Posted by MerB (Full Member 147 posts) 10y

Yes I did enjoy my stay in Ireland all in all. When all's said and done. At the end of the day.
What I mean is that there WERE adjustments, and some difficlut times, but I am grateful for the experience and how it shaped me.
Also Ireland gets under your skin in a way.
I was there for about two-and-a-half years. I stayed on after my visa had expired i.e. I overstayed my welcome.
I had initially gone on a legitimate work visa which was just a fluke of luck but due to a combination of circumstances allowed my 'legitimate stay' to expire and then just work under the table.

Depending on what climate you are used to Irelands' cold may take some getting used to. However the worst part of winter is only really December. And it is not a dry cold it is a wet cold which is not so bad - except when it is.

However. An experience not to be missed.

14. Posted by steen1976 (Budding Member 26 posts) 10y

Quoting gagnon

I think I could get into soccer if I lived over there.

Make sure you don't go to Scotland then ;)

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16. Posted by saraeg (Full Member 39 posts) 10y

I've just finished up my BUNAC visa in Scotland and found that for me, personally, I could have done without spending the 300 bucks, or however much it was. I was offered a whole heap of jobs where they could have cared less if I had a visa, granted those jobs can jerk you around a bit more because they know you aren't legal and will pretty much take anything. I ended up accepting a job which actually required my visa, but I definitely could have gone elsewhere. Basically, it's up to you; if you want to play it safe then definitely get a visa...it won't hurt. If you're just looking to get the odd job at a pub or the like, then I wouldn't throw the money away. In my opinion BUNAC didn't do all that much for me or the friends I went with; we organized our own flat, found our own jobs, and worked out taxes with the organization. With that said, I believe they are one of the only organizations you can go throw as a recent student that will give you a visa. Use them for the visa then after that you won't need them. I should also add that when I was looking for work it was during the festival, so jobs were everywhere.

Good luck.

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