Employment: you and your job

Introduction

Getting your first job or moving from one job to another, as well as losing your job, are major events in your life. At such times, you may need information to help guide you through the process and to help you make the right choices.

Whether you are a jobseeker looking for employment, changing jobs, facing redundancy or simply want to know more about your rights, there is a wide range of information relating to employment. The Department of Social Protection offers a range of employment services to jobseekers.

Your employment rights

Your rights as an employee are protected by employment law. You need to know about your employment rights and conditions and the procedure for enforcing your employment rights. Specific legislation exists to protect your human rights and ensure equality at work. You can find out about your rights if you believe you are being bullied, harassed or victimised.

If you are starting work

You need to do certain things before you start work. For example, if you are registered as unemployed you must contact your Intreo centre or social welfare local office and sign off when you start work. When you start work you need to know about your Personal Public Service Number, contracts of employment, social insurance, the Universal Social Charge and tax when starting work. There is employment legislation to protect young people at work.

Pay and employment

You should find out about the minimum rate of pay, what information is in your pay slip and how your tax is calculated. There are supports for low income earners and you need to know about pensions.

Changing jobs

If you are changing, or thinking of changing, jobs, you should find out about giving notice when changing your job and income tax and social insurance records. Find the information you need if you are returning to work.

Employment and disability

There are various employment supports in Ireland aimed at assisting employees with a disability to gain and retain employment. Support is also available for employers to raise awareness of disability issues and to assist with retaining disabled employees. The Department of Social Protection’s Reasonable Accommodation Fund provides supports such as the Personal Reader Grant, the Job Interview Interpreter Grant and grants for adapting the workplace for employees with disabilities.

Losing your job

Losing your job, or finding out that you are facing redundancy can be a very difficult time for employees and their families. You need to know what your employer should give you when you lose your job (for example, your P45) and what constitutes unfair dismissal. You may be entitled to redundancy. You should contact your local Intreo centre or social welfare office for information about Jobseeker's Benefit and Jobseeker's Allowance. If you have been unemployed for some time, you may be eligible for an employment scheme.

Coming to Ireland to work

If you are coming or thinking of coming to Ireland to work, you can find useful information about coming from the EU to work, General Employment Permits and Critical Skills Permits.

Working abroad

If you are moving or thinking of moving abroad to work, you will find the information you need about working in the EU and working outside the EU.

Page edited: 13 January 2015