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Ireland PEO &
Employer of Record

SALARY PAYMENT IN Euro (EURO, €)

CONTRACT LANGUAGE English

PAYROLL TAX 8.8% – 11.05%

PAYROLL CYCLE Monthly

TIME TO HIRE 24 hours

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PEO in Ireland

Horizons ensures day-to-day guidance to help your business navigate Ireland labor laws and regulations. Horizons also ensures payroll is processed weekly or fortnightly (the standard periods in Ireland), and that taxes are withheld as required.

As the Ireland Employer of Record, Horizons is responsible for employee income tax withholding, payment of payroll taxes to state authorities, and submission of tax returns to the Ireland Tax Office. 

Partnering with our Ireland PEO is the quickest and most cost-effective way to enter the Irish market.

Facts & Stats

PEO Platform Hire in Ireland, and pay employees through our platform or app. PEO Cost Our Ireland PEO solution is the most affordable on the market. Time-to-hire Fast onboarding in Ireland, hire in as little as 24 hours.
Contracts We draft labor contracts compliant with Irish labor law. Local Benefits We administer all mandatory benefits and contributions in Ireland. 180+ Countries It doesn’t stop with Ireland — we are an international PEO
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Employment Laws

Ireland employment contracts

Formal, written employment contracts are legally required for every employee in Ireland. These contracts should include all relevant details of the role, such as compensation, expected duties, and any entitlements and benefits. The contract should be written in English and use the local currency of the Euro. Contracts must also be signed by both the employer and employee.

Fixed-term
Probationary period6 – 12 months
Termination notice period0 to 13 weeks employment: no notice
13 weeks to 2 years employment: 1 week notice
2 to 5 years employment: 2 weeks notice
5 to 10 years employment: 4 weeks notice
10 to 15 years employment: 6 weeks notice
15 or more years employment: 8 weeks notice
Severance

Only applicable if terminated for a business reason + 10% of employees terminated at the same time. 1 week’s salary + 2 weeks’ salary per year of service

Note: max. annual salary for calculation EUR 31.200

Note: This payment is tax-free

Indefinite
Probationary period6 – 12 months
Termination notice period0 to 13 weeks employment: no notice
13 weeks to 2 years employment: 1 week notice
2 to 5 years employment: 2 weeks notice
5 to 10 years employment: 4 weeks notice
10 to 15 years employment: 6 weeks notice
15 or more years employment: 8 weeks notice
Severance

Only applicable if terminated for a business reason + 10% of employees terminated at the same time. 1 week’s salary + 2 weeks’ salary per year of service

Note: max. annual salary for calculation EUR 31.200

Note: This payment is tax-free

Working hours in Ireland

The standard working week in Ireland is 40 hours spread over five days. The maximum is generally 48 hours. Overtime is not legally required, but many employers do choose to offer it.

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National holidays in Ireland

Ireland has a range of national public holidays that are celebrated annually. In 2023 these holidays are:
Date Holiday name
1 Jan, 2023 New Year’s Day
6 Feb, 2023 St. Brigid’s Day
17 Mar, 2023 St. Patrick’s Day
10 Apr, 2023 Easter Monday
1 May, 2023 May Day
5 Jun, 2023 June Bank Holiday
7 Aug, 2023 August Bank Holiday
30 Oct, 2023 October Bank Holiday
25 Dec, 2023 Christmas Day
26 Dec, 2023 St. Stephen’s Day

Vacation in Ireland

In general, full-time employees in Ireland are entitled to four weeks (20 days) of paid vacation leave every year. This can vary in some cases, for example, if an employee is part-time or has only worked for part of the year.

Sick leave in Ireland

There is no standard requirement for employees in Ireland to receive paid sick leave. However, many employers do choose to offer an annual allowance, and this should always be laid out in the employment contract.

Maternity and paternity leave in Ireland

Female employees in Ireland are entitled to 26 weeks of maternity leave, with a minimum of two weeks to be taken before the birth and four weeks afterward. This maternity leave is generally paid by the state. Mothers can also choose to take up to 16 additional weeks of unpaid leave.

Parents other than the mother can also take paid parental leave of up to two weeks until the child is six months old.

Tax laws in Ireland

Most employees and employers in Ireland need to pay into the country’s social security scheme (PRSI). Contributions are 4% of salary for employees earning over a certain level, and 8.5% to 10.75% from employers depending on income level.

There is also a payment called the Universal Social Charge (USC), which employees must pay at a rate of between 1% and 8% depending on salary.

Income tax in Ireland ranges from 20% to 40%, depending on income level.

Corporate tax in Ireland is usually 12.5%, but alternative rates apply to some different types of businesses and income.

Health Insurance in Ireland

Ireland has public healthcare, so employers do not need to offer private insurance to employees, although some do choose to.

Employee severance and terminations in Ireland

Employees in Ireland are generally entitled to notice of termination. The mandatory notice period ranges from one week to eight weeks depending on the employee’s length of service.

When an employee is made redundant, they are usually entitled to a severance payment of one week of pay plus two weeks for every year of service with their employer.

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Compensation & Benefits

Compensation laws in Ireland

As of February 2020, the minimum age in Ireland for workers over the age of 18 is €10.10 per hour.

Minimum Wage Country Comparison Chart (Per month in USD)
Switzerland (Geneva) $4,000
Italy $2,255
Australia $1996
Algeria $156
Uzbekistan $22
Benefit management in Ireland

Employees in Ireland often expect benefits packages as part of their employment agreements, so you may need to set up a benefits management system when hiring in the country. But setting up and managing a benefits system in Ireland can be complicated, particularly if you are unfamiliar with the country’s unique regulations and procedures.

Horizons can help to significantly simplify this step of your Ireland expansion by providing benefit management outsourcing. Our team can advise you and handle the setup of your benefits scheme, enabling you to focus on expanding your organization in Ireland.

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FAQs

An Ireland PEO and an Ireland EOR are two types of companies which specialize in providing human resources services to businesses in Ireland.

The main difference between an Ireland PEO and an Ireland EOR is in the scope of their services.

Ireland PEOs provide a full range of HR services, including payroll, benefits administration, and employee recruiting—all under one roof as a co-employer. Engaging an Ireland PEO is essentially outsourcing your HR duties in Ireland.

Ireland EORs actually take over as the legal employer of your employees based abroad. Ireland EORs become responsible for labor compliance for your employees in Ireland.

At Horizons, we offer both PEO and EOR services in Ireland. Get in touch now and let us know what service you are seeking.

A PEO in Ireland can feasibly hire both local and foreign nationals to work in Ireland.

However, the ability of Horizons to sponsor your foreign national employee in Ireland may be limited due to visa quotas practiced in many countries.

Contact us with your requirements and our Global Mobility team with review the case and get back to you within 2 business days.

In most cases, Horizons’ Ireland PEO can hire & onboard your employee within 24 hours. The actual start date of the employee will depend on their notice period obligation to their previous employer as well as any relevant hiring rules in Ireland.

It is possible to get a work visa in Ireland. Horizons’ Global Mobility team is a dedicated team of work visa experts. They assess the details of each case to determine feasibility and costs before Horizons applies for the work visa on behalf of your employee. If the Global Mobility team determines that your case is feasible, the process is smooth and transparent. Visa spots in Ireland are limited, however—get started today to secure your employees’ visa spot.