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Employment Rights in Ireland

Minimum Wage

The minimum wage for experienced adults in Ireland is €8.65 per hour. An experienced adult is anyone over the age of 18 who has been in any employment for two or more years. The two years employment does not have to have been with the same employer or have taken place in Ireland.

Working hours

Employees should not work for more than 48 hours in one week.

Employees are entitled to:-

  • a 15 minute break when working four and a half hours or more; and a 30 minute break when working six hours or more.
  • at least one 24 hour rest period during a 7 day period and have at least 11 hours rest between one day’s work and the next.

Terms of Employment

All employees should receive a written contract of their terms of employment within 2 months of starting their job. The information should include the name and address of the employer, the job title and nature of the work, the rate of pay, hours of work and the number of day’s annual leave.

Pay slips

Employees should receive a written statement outlining their gross pay and any deductions that have been made, examples of deductions include income tax and PRSI.


Full-time employees are entitled to 4 working weeks paid annual leave per year. In addition there are 9 public holiday days throughout the year which employees must have free or else be given an extra day’s pay.


Discrimination in the work place is prohibited under Irish law. If a person feels they have been discriminated against on the grounds of race, religion, gender, family status, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation or membership of the Travelling Community they can make a complaint to the Equality Tribunal.

Maternity Leave

All pregnant women in employment are entitled to 26 weeks paid leave from work which must start at least 2 weeks before their due date. There is also the option of taking a further 16 weeks unpaid maternity leave.

To find out more about Employment Rights see the National Employment Rights Authority (NERA), the Equality Authority’s website or the Citizen’s Information Website.

Health and Safety in the Workplace

Employer’s duties

  • To provide a safe workplace which uses safe equipment
  • To prevent any behaviour likely to put the safety, health and welfare of employees at risk, including bullying
  • To provide training to employees on health and safety
  • To appoint a competent person as the organisation’s Safety Officer

Employees’ duties

  • To take reasonable care to protect the health and safety of themselves and of other people in the workplace
  • To not be under the influence of drink or drugs in the workplace
  • To undergo any reasonable medical or other assessment if requested to do so by the employer
  • To report any defects in the place of work or equipment which might be a danger to health and safety


It is the employer’s duty to prevent bullying in the workplace. There should be established procedures for dealing with complaints of bullying in the workplace and complaints should be dealt with immediately.


If an employee feels they have been a victim of harassment in the workplace due to gender, civil status, family status, sexual orientation, age, disability, race, religious belief or membership of the Traveller community, they can bring a claim to the Equality Tribunal.

An employer may not penalise an employee by dismissal or in some other way for making a complaint.

See the Health and Safety Authority website to find out more about Health and Safety in the work place or call (01) 614 7000

Journey Planning in Ireland

It is important to arrive on time to an interview.

Always plan your journey beforehand and allow for plenty of time in case of delays.

It is a good idea to ring the company/business a few days in advance and ask for directions.

Good websites for planning your route include: Google maps (driving, walking, cycling) and Journey Planner (for public transport).

To check timetables and routes for public transport see: Dublin Bus, Bus Eireann, DART, Suburban Rail, Intercity or LUAS.

Maps and Journey Planning

Public Transport and Timetables in Ireland

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