Working in Ireland


A career in Irish healthcare could be one of the best choices you’ll ever make. Through Healthperm/ GHR Recruitment, we can place you in areas offering competitive pay and benefits supported by excellent training. Ireland is known throughout the world as the land of Guinness and the world-famous Irish hospitality! Ireland has a strong history of immigration with people both moving to the country and moving on from the country having gained valuable professional experience.

Ireland is renowned for its’ high standards in medical practice and patient welfare. We’ll take your needs seriously and provide you with the position that best suits your unique skills and qualifications. We offer a wide range of clinical fields of practice where your best interests are our priority. We aim to provide jobs for all areas of nursing including: General Medical/Surgical, Critical Care, Oncology, Midwifery, Operating Theatres, Psychiatry and Elderly Care.

Dublin, the capital, is a vibrant, bustling, multi-cultural city. But it is also a city full of history, heritage and culture. Discover 2000 years of history, visit some of its many museums and art galleries or enjoy the social life in many of its restaurants and bars. Ireland’s history is on display for all to see. The island as a whole has beautiful countryside, stunning coastal views, sensational floral displays, unique history and culture, and excellent cuisine.

Frequently Asked Questions

What type of license do I need to work as a nurse?

All registered professional nurses can apply to be included on the Irish register of nurses. As long as you meet the requirements and are registered with the appropriate registration Authority in your own country, there should be no reason why you cannot register in Ireland.

Please write or fax for an application form to the Irish Nursing Board.
Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI)
18/20 Carysfort Avenue,
Co Dublin, A94 R299
T: +353-1-639 8500
Fax: +353-1-639 8595

Overseas Application Request Fee (first time applicant) is € 350
Overseas Registration Fee (if deemed eligible to join the Register) is € 145

Do I need an adaptation course?

Some foreign trained nurses will need to complete an adaptation course. The Irish nursing Board will decide on whether this is required. The assessment of the adaptation period shall represent, in the case of a nurse, achievement of Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland ‘Competencies for entry to the Register’. In relation to periods of adaptation the Director of Nursing/Midwifery of the approved hospital of institution shall furnish to Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland a report on each Applicant for Registration who has completed a period of adaptation in that institution and any clinical site attached to it.

Do I need an English Language Test?

You need to take either the IELTS test for Ireland unless you received your nursing education in Australia, Canada, Ireland, NZ or UK. We would recommend enrolling on an English language course as soon as possible. We can also introduce you to English language schools which can help improve your English. You can check your English levels here for a quick, on-line test: Cambridge University English language test

If you are based in UAE we have our own language school based in Dubai ( which has courses specifically run for nurses wanting to move to both Ireland and the UK.

English is the primary language in Ireland. English language competence is required at a level that supports communication and enables you to practice nursing safely and effectively in Ireland. Therefore, proof of English language competence in cases where English is not the first language or primary language of expression is required. You will need to provide evidence of competence through achievement of an overall band score of 7 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Test. This score may be achieved from a combination score of the four modules; reading, writing, speaking and listening.

IELTS Academic Test: minimum scores

Listening Reading Writing Speaking Overall
6.5 6.5 7.0 7.0 7.0

As part of the application for Registration you will need to arrange to have a Test Report Form issued by IELTS and submitted directly to Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland by the test centre where you undertook the test. Only Test Report Forms that have been forwarded by the test centre directly to Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland will be accepted. The test must have been undertaken no more than two years prior to the date of application or you must provide evidence of having worked as a full-time nurse in an English-speaking environment since having completed the test. This will be assessed on an individual basis.

What about visa requirements to work in Ireland?

To obtain a visa to work as a nurse in Ireland, the following is required:

  • A typical Working Scheme Approval Letter
  • NMBI Decision Letter
  • Temporary NMBI Certificate
  • RCSI Exam Booking Confirmation (if candidate is taking the RCSI Aptitude Test instead of Nurses Adaptation)
  • Employment Contract from the Hospital

What is the standard working week in Ireland?

The working week in Ireland is normally 39 hours in the health sector. Minimum annual leave is 4 working weeks per year, however, many employers give a few days more than this. There are 9 public holidays per year.

What is income tax rate in Ireland?

The tax system in Ireland is rather complicated, as each person is assessed individually. You are allowed a tax-free allowance every month (can be up to €1,000 depending on your salary), and then taxed on anything you earn over this amount. Social insurance will be deducted from your salary. This covers your salary if you are off sick and entitles you to free medical care if you need to be hospitalised. The Irish healthcare system is different to that of the UK in that there are charges for selected health services e.g. typically it would cost €50 to see your GP.

What will my salary be?

Adaptation period nurses are paid a Staff Nurse/Midwife, (Post Qual, Pre-Registration) Salary of €24,361/Annum. Staff Nurse salary (Year 1) starts at €28,483 depending on years of experience the salary scale climbs to up to €43,469. This applies between 1 – 10 years’ experience For further information on salaries please visit

Is accommodation easy to find & how much would I expect to pay?

Accommodation can be quite expensive in Dublin; however, it gets less expensive if you move away from the city centre or if you are prepared to share with a group. On average weekly rent is around €250. This contrasts with accommodation in the UK where a number of hositals provide subsidized accommodation for nursing staff

There are websites such as and which are an excellent resource for rental accommodation available around the country. It is also possible to find rental properties through friends or work colleagues and property management centres/local auctioneers.

What public transport is available in Ireland?

Ireland is covered by a rail network run by Iarnród Éireann (Irish Rail), a Bus service to all major towns and cities run by Bús Éireann (Irish Bus) and all major cities have their own urban bus service.


All areas in Dublin are served by Dublin Bus. These are Single and Double Decker buses. They normally run from 0630 to 0030, times vary depending on the route. After these hours there is a restricted Night Bus Service. Bus Services are restricted on a Sunday mornings and Bank Holidays. A timetable can be bought in most Newsagents. There is a route timetable at all major bus stops. The minimum fare at present is. €0.85 If using the bus frequently monthly and other season tickets can save money. The main bus Station in Dublin is Bus Arás Buses to all areas of the country depart from here. You can also get bus service to Britain from here. (Bus goes on the overnight ferry to Wales), this is a very cheap way of getting to England.

For information on Dublin Bus services call 01 873 4222

For information on all Bus services call 01 836 6111

Dublin Bus


Trains to all areas of the country including Northern Ireland depart Dublin from two main stations:

  • Huston Station: trains to the West and South West.
  • Connolly Station: trains to North and South East (including Belfast).

For information on all train services call 01 836 6222


Dublin has no underground rail system, however, there is an urban train that runs around Dublin bay from Bray to Howth known as the DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transport) This is a very pleasant new electric rail system, which runs every 10 – 30 minutes. The Southern part of the line from Tara St Station to Killiney runs along the sea front and tourist and locals alike take a ride to enjoy the scenery.

For information on the DART services call 01 836 6222


Dublin and all major towns and cities in Ireland are covered by a taxi service, however, there can be long queues outside night clubs and bars in the early hours of the morning. Otherwise it is relatively easy to get a taxi.

Useful Links

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI)

Association of Occupational Therapists in Ireland

Irish Institute of Radiographers

Irish Nutrition and Dietetics Institute

Health and Social Care Professionals Registration Board

Department of Enterprise and Trade

Department of Foreign Affairs

Irish Public Service Information

Irish Tourism Board

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