Aspects of Living In Ireland

Living and Working In Ireland



This is our home, the land of Guinness, a cup of tea, and the world famous Irish hospitality! A career in Irish healthcare could be one of the best choices you’ll ever make. Through CCM Recruitment, we can place you in areas combining competitive pay and benefits with excellent training. We can provide a rewarding environment that actually values your contribution to Irish healthcare.

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 can provide jobs for all areas of nursing including: General Medical/Surgical, Critical Care, Oncology, Midwifery, Operating Theatres, Psychiatry and Elderly Care.

Dublin, our 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 eat your way round the world by sampling many of Dublin’s diverse restaurants. 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 Ireland

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.

Applications can now be completed online To start you will need to set up a free account with the NMBI and answer some questions so that you can be assigned to one of the three applicant groups and receive a list of the documents you will require for your application.

If you have any questions or queries you can contact the NMBI on the below

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI),
(Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann)
18/20 Carysfort Avenue,
Co Dublin,

T: +353 1 639 8500
Customer service: 0818 200 116
(Applicants: trained outside Ireland)
(Applicants: trained in Ireland/Registered with NMBI only)
(Applicants: trained in the EU-EEA)

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

If you have trained outside of Ireland you may need to complete a period of adaptation or aptitude test. The Irish nursing body will decide if you need to complete a compensation measure to complete your registration and you will be informed via email.

Do I need an English Language Test?

You need to take the IELTS/OET 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

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 (with a minimum of 7.0 in any three components and 6.5 in any one component) 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: 7 | Reading: 6.5 | Writing: 7 | Speaking: 7| Overall: 7

Occupational English Language Test (OET): minimum scores

Listening: B (350 – 450) | Reading C+(300 – 340) | Writing: B (350 – 450) | Speaking: B (350 – 450) | Overall: Grade B (with Grade B in three components and C+ in one component.)

As part of the application for Registration you will need to arrange to have a Test Report Form issued by IELTS/OET, 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?

Yes you may need a visa to work in Ireland as a nurse, if you do not have permission currently work in Ireland.

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

  • Atypical 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

If you decided to pursue working as a nurse in Ireland using CCM services we will assist you with visa requirements

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 the income tax rate in Ireland?

The tax system in Ireland is rather complicated, as each person is assessed individually. You are allowed a (can be up to €1,000 depending on your salary) tax-free allowance every month, 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.

What will my salary be?

Adaptation period nurses are paid a Staff Nurse/Midwife, (Post Qual, Pre-Registration) Salary of €26,679 /Annum. Staff Nurse salary (Year 1) starts at €31, 109 depending on years of experience the salary scale climbs to up to €46,521.

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?

Depending on relocation package, initial accommodation may be provided for a period of time if you

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.

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