Ireland Recruitment & Hiring

How to recruit in Ireland, how to ensure compliance, and more information about Ireland recruitment

Hire employees in Ireland

If your business is planning to expand to the European nation of Ireland, you’ll need to find and recruit the best possible workforce once you’re there. To do this, you’ll need to be well-versed with Ireland’s complex and unique labor laws.

New Horizons’ expansion consultants can guide you through the Ireland recruitment process and provide outsourcing services to take care of your hiring in Ireland so you don’t have to. With our help, you can source, recruit, and onboard employees in Ireland and achieve full compliance with the country’s complex laws, even if you don’t have a registered subsidiary in Ireland.

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Ireland hiring guide

Explore some of the key information about Ireland recruitment and how to hire the top talent for your Ireland expansion.

How to find and recruit employees in Ireland

To begin, you’ll need to source suitable candidates for your company. In Ireland, many job-seekers look online, using various popular websites such as Jobs.ie and LinkedIn. Alternatively, you can outsource the candidate search to local experts such as New Horizons.

When you’ve sourced some candidates, you will generally need to create a shortlist and conduct interviews. When you’ve chosen, you are legally required to provide a contract of employment for every employee.

Discrimination and harassment laws in Ireland

Ireland has strict legal protections for employees to prevent harassment and discrimination in the workplace and during recruitment, and these are detailed in the Employment Equality Acts 1998-2015. Key details include the prohibition of discrimination based on age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, trade union support, ethnicity, disability, and more. There are also provisions for equal pay, protection from unfair dismissal, protection from sexual harassment, and more.

Onboarding staff in Ireland

There is no standard model of onboarding and training for employers in Ireland, and you are free to choose whichever method you believe is suitable. For example, you could choose to train via shadowing of an experienced employee, or you may set aside several days for dedicated group training. The most important part of onboarding is to communicate the company culture and your commitment to providing a positive working environment.

Compliance for Ireland recruitment

The extensive employee protections in Ireland mean you will need to be vigilant in order to ensure compliance at all times. Some of the main things to consider are working hours restrictions (the maximum working week is 48 hours long), mandatory break times, minimum wage laws, and vacation allowance, and details of all of these should be laid out in employment contracts. We advise seeking expert advice to ensure compliance and avoid legal challenges.

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