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Working and living in Ireland

Ireland is an island of lush green hills and unique rock formations, dotted with quaint towns being one of the most safest and friendliest countries to live in. It is located in the north-west of Europe. Separated from the neighbouring island of Great Britain by the Irish Sea and the North Channel. To the west is the northern Atlantic Ocean and to the south is the Celtic Sea, which lies between Ireland and Brittany, in France.

Ireland is ranked number 1 in Europe as a place to do business. This is due to the attractive taxation rates and a number of other factors. Many of the world’s biggest and most successful companies have operations/European Headquarters in Ireland. This made Ireland the home of several multinational leading organizations including pharmaceutical companies that are the source of huge numbers of jobs in Ireland.

The superior healthcare system and increase in number of foreign nationals living in Ireland gave rise to Hundreds of public and private hospitals, clinics and medical centres. And the need for health professionals is rising.

Unemployment rate is at 8.8 percent as of March 2016.The working hours per week in Ireland is generally 35 to 40 hours a week for a full-time employee in a typical office setting. The minimum wage for work in Ireland is €9.15 per hour (roughly $11/hour).The salaries in the healthcare sector are attractive, the average annual income other than allowances is 60,000 € for a General Practitioner, Specialist 120,000 €, Nurse 45,000 €, Pharmacist 70,000 € and 50,000 for a Lab Technician.

Ireland is the Gateway to Europe due to its strategic location and growing business opportunities. The best opportunity is obtaining Irish citizenship through naturalizationwhen having a total reckonable residence in the State amounting to 1,825 days (5 years).