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Ireland is well known for its unique scenic view, sparsely populated within the country. The Republic of Ireland has developed with a boasting economy in recent years. Ireland holds the global ranking of 4th of 186 in the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The country mainly focuses on services in high-tech, financial services, agribusinesses, and life sciences.

Major economic hubs:

Dublin, Cork, Galway

Skills in demand:

Technology, Construction, Accounting And Finance, Creative Designing

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Resident Tax Information

Residents are taxed on their income derived in Ireland on the worldwide income. A non resident is liable to Irish income tax on Irish-source income only.

Ireland does not have local income taxes.

Exemption limits

Individuals aged 65 years and above are entitled to an income tax exemption. These individuals are only liable to income tax if their income is above a specified limit.

For 2022, the specified limit is  

These limits are increased for dependent children.  

Individual taxation based on ‘Pay-As-You-Earn’ or ‘PAYE’ is applicable for foreign employees in Ireland.

Social Security

There are two categories of Irish social security

  • Contributory (social insurance)  
  • Non-contributory (social assistance)

Alongside the two categories of social security, the three main types of payments include

  • Social insurance payments  
  • Universal payments  
  • Means-tested payments  

The Department of Social Protection is responsible for administering all benefits. There are two divisions to the Department of Social Protection  

  • The Aireacht is responsible for legislation, policy formulation, and general administration
  • Social Welfare Services is responsible for the day-to-day running and delivery of services of the Department.

Employer contributions to the social security system are mandatory. They are


An employer must collect an employee’s Personal Public Service Number to make PRSI  contributions on behalf of the employee. If the employer does not make the furnished  contributions, the sole responsibility for the cost of the contribution and any arrears due will be on the employer. Employers failing to comply with this rule will attract penalties that involve recovering the contribution amount as a debt to the State in court.

Employee contributions to the social security system are mandatory. They are 4% of the employee’s gross salary.  

Employees in Ireland must pay Universal Social Charge (USC) on their gross income. This tax includes the notional pay and is counted after deducting certain capital contributions but before pension contributions.

The USC rate of tax for individuals below the age of 70 are as follows:

Individuals above 70 years of age, with aggregate income EUR 60,000 or less, or those in possession of a medical card with an aggregate income of EUR 60,000 or less have to follow the below rates:

Statutory Benefits

Ireland’s mandatory employer-sponsored employee benefits in Ireland are limited to a personal retirement savings account. Several state-funded benefits cover medical, pensions, workers' compensation, and an assortment of leaves, including maternity.  

PRSA Facility – All employers in Ireland must provide access to a Personal Retirement

Savings Account (PRSA) Facility. This is provided to all excluded employees.  

As per the provisions under social security, an excluded employee is defined as an  individual who is not enrolled under an occupational pension scheme within 6 months of  joining employment. It is mandatory for an employer in such cases to contribute to the  PRSA; however, an employer must facilitate the arrangement of a PRSA for any staff who  wish to make contributions to provide for their retirement and provide tax relief at source  via their payroll.

Fringe Benefits

Employers commonly provide fringe benefits that do not form a part of an employee’s compensation. Fringe benefits are provided to an employee in addition to their regular salary.  

Commonly provided fringe benefits in Ireland include

  • Additional paid leave
  • Performance based incentives
  • Subsidized food
  • Cycle-to-work  schemes
  • Commuter  benefits
  • Gym memberships
  • Office equipment such as company mobile phones

Exempt Benefits

Exempt benefits in Ireland include:

  • Accommodation
  • Subsidized meals
  • Car parking
  • Course or exam fees where the course is
  • Necessary for an employees' duties 6
  • Directly related to increasing effectiveness of the assigned responsibilities
  • Employer pension contributions to a Revenue approved scheme
  • Work permits (for foreign employees in Ireland)
  • Medical services that are paid by the employer
  • Travel passes or travel reimbursements

Long-term Incentives

The best way for an employer to show their appreciation of hard work and dedication is through long-term benefits. Employees will often be rewarded with company specific goals, such as stock options or other forms of equity ownership that provide incentives over time horizons greater than one year when they achieve certain performance milestones within the business unit/organization where employed.

The most commonly provided stock options in Ireland are  

  • Stock appreciation right (SAR)  
  • Phantom equity plan  
  • Sweat equity

Group life assurance:

This is a common benefit in Ireland because  

  • It is a cost-effective benefit  
  • Of no tax implication for the employee on the premiums  
  • It serves as a protective measure for the dependents if an employee dies

The sum will depend on the sector = 4 x (base salary would be deemed a good level of benefit)  

These schemes are established under trust. Group life assurance as a benefit makes it  potentially easier to be paid out quickly and outside of probate.

Group income protection

This benefit is significant for employees in Ireland as it is a replacement income for  disabled or long-term ill employees.

The insurance providers will insure an employee/individual up to 75% x (base salary) and  include the state disability benefit.  

The deferred period before claims payments commence for employees is

  • 26 weeks  
  • Shortened to 13 weeks
  • Can be extended up to 1 year.

This timeframe reduces or increases premium costs respectively.  

Premiums on group life assurance are exempt from taxes for the employee, although the  

benefit paid under claim via payroll is taxable as income.

Group medical & dental insurance:

Private Medical Insurance remains one of the most popular benefits in Ireland when paid  

partially or in full by the employer. There are 3 major medical and dental insurance  

providers and over 300 plans in the Irish Market Place.  

For employers, there are 3-6 plans per provider that are common to the employer-paid  plan market, including  

  • Visits to GPs (Family Doctors)
  • Physiotherapists
  • Other practitioners
  • An EAP service
  • Digital / Online Doctor  

Occupational Pensions

(alternatively known as a company pension, Group PRSA, Executive Pensions, or Occupations Pensions under a Master Trust): Voluntary contributions to pension funds provided by employers are relatively common in Ireland. Several structures are available for employers that contribute to a pension for employees. The selection of these structures can depend on several factors, including  

  • The business’s structure  
  • Number of employees and headcount growth projection  
  • Remuneration and recruitment strategies  
  • Parent company practices in other jurisdictions  

Across all sectors in Ireland, for employers that offer a pension with an  

  • Employer contribution on average is 6%  
  • Employee contribution on average is 5%

Additional employee voluntary contributions are also possible.  

Termination/Severance in Ireland

Termination Process

The employer can terminate the employment contract based on any misconduct from the employee. Employees will receive any left-out remuneration and payslips after the termination of employment.

Notice Period

The notice period for probationary employees and regular employees can be up to 7 days.

Severance Pay

In Ireland, Severance pay is not mandatory. The employer can add severance pay to the employment contract. However, if the employee has completed 2 years of service, the employer must provide 2 weeks of severance pay.

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