Working while in Ireland

International students (excluding citizens of EU countries) can only take up part-time causal employment of up to 20 hours per week if they are studying full time and are fully registered. Students can work full-time (up to 40 hours per week) during holiday periods only. Please be aware that part-time work can potentially assist with living expenses and incidentals, but will not cover all living costs and certainly will not be enough to cover tuition fees.

International students who meet the above conditions and wish to take up work in Ireland must obtain a Personal Public Services Number (PPS Number – see below). An employer can only pay employees with a PPS number, and funds will usually only be paid to an Irish bank account.

Part-time jobs are advertised on notice boards in the Students Union, in newspapers, and online. You can also hand in your CV (curriculum vitae/resume) to shops or you may need to fill in an application form. It is not uncommon to have a trial period before you are permanently hired. Ireland’s minimum wage is €8.65 per hour.

Your Personal Public Service Number (PPS Number) is a unique reference number that helps you access social welfare benefits, public services and information in Ireland. You will need to obtain a PPS number if you wish to work in Ireland, or if you are in receipt of scholarship funding from an Irish or EU organization. You must be already living in Ireland in order to apply for a PPS Number.

To get a PPS Number, you will need to apply through the Department of Social Protection (click here for more details) and produce the following documents as evidence of identity and residence in Ireland:

  • Your passport or national identity card
  • Your Immigration Card
  • Evidence of your address, such as a household bill (electricity, telephone, gas, etc.) in your name or a letter from the University which contains your study address.

You can find your local Social Welfare Office at www.welfare.ie.

Once you receive your PPS number, it is advisable to memorise it or keep it safe as it is very personal information. All students who obtain a PPS number must notify Inspire Learning and the International Office of their Irish Univeristy.

Your Personal Public Service Number (PPS Number) is a unique reference number that helps you access social welfare benefits, public services and information in Ireland. You will need to obtain a PPS number if you wish to work in Ireland, or if you are in receipt of scholarship funding from an Irish or EU organization. You must be already living in Ireland in order to apply for a PPS Number.

To get a PPS Number, you will need to apply through the Department of Social Protection (click here for more details) and produce the following documents as evidence of identity and residence in Ireland:

  • Your passport or national identity card
  • Your Immigration Card
  • Evidence of your address, such as a household bill (electricity, telephone, gas, etc.) in your name or a letter from the University which contains your study address.

You can find your local Social Welfare Office at www.welfare.ie.

Once you receive your PPS number, it is advisable to memorise it or keep it safe as it is very personal information. All students who obtain a PPS number must notify Inspire Learning and the International Office of their Irish Univeristy.