Whether you're relocating to Ireland or moving back, comparing your salary like for like can be tricky. How do you gauge your salary after tax and expenses?
Ireland is a great choice. We have a booming economy and a real shortage of available candidates in many specialist areas such as IT, engineering and science. We are an attractive destination with our culture, lifestyle and craic.
A high consideration many job seekers have is whether Ireland can offer a good salary and quality of life in comparison compared to their existing situation. In most cases the answer is yes.
While you can review many salary guides it can be tough to gauge what that means at the end of each month when taxes are deducted, and expenses are paid. Comparing like for like can be tricky.
Do your research on the average salary for your role. Check out our well-known Salary Guide and speak with a specialist consultant. Salaries can vary depending on your level of experience, industry or even specialism within a certain area.
For example, as an ERP recruitment specialist I can advise you that a SAP QM functional consultant has a much higher billing power than a SAP FICO consultant.
In Ireland, like many places, our government set out a yearly budget laying out employee tax rates. You can review the tax rates, exemptions and reliefs here. These can change slightly from year to year so it is best to use a tax calculator. There are many tools available online. The main two I use are:
The cost and availability of housing can vary from county to county in Ireland. Do your research on websites like myhome.ie, daft.ie, property.ie, rent.ie. Never pay a deposit before viewing a property. AirBnB is great for short-term stays while you look for more long term accommodation.