For many years Ireland’s successive governments have offered and maintained a globally cost competitive and stable labour environment. Here are a summary of the standards and their international benchmark.


  • Practical regulatory environment, similar to UK
  • Termination notice of one to eight weeks, depending on length of service
  • 20 day statutory min holidays (EU min)
  • 9 public holidays


  • No restrictions on migration of EEA employees
  • Employment permit program for non-EEA workers
  • State support for skilled migration

Competitive Indirect Costs

  • 10.75% social insurance
  • Depending on position, 5% to 10% for healthcare and bonus if applicable
  • Some additional allowances for senior managers