Employment Supports


JobsIreland.ie offers a free job advertising service to employers. You can advertise your vacancies to jobseekers at no charge, get expert advice on recruitment, and access information and contacts for other employment services that the Department of Social Protection provides.

We have a network of staff providing expert guidance and resources to both employers and jobseekers. We can help you to promote your vacancy and find your ideal employee using the latest technology.

You can contact our customer support team by email at jobsireland@welfare.ie or by phoning 0818 111 112 during office hours.

You can also follow JobsIreland on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

European Employment Services (EURES)

Jobsireland.ie is part of EURES – the European Employment Service – which is a co-operation network formed by public employment services across Europe. All paid jobs advertised on JobsIreland.ie also appear on the EURES jobs website at eures.europa.eu. If you find it hard to recruit suitable staff in Ireland or want to broaden your skill base, EURES may be able to help.

Our EURES advisors across Europe can:

  • provide free expert advice on recruiting in Europe,
  • advertise and promote your vacancies in Europe,
  • give you access to jobseekers in other EU and EEA countries, and
  • offer financial supports for interview and relocation costs and language training.

For more information on EURES, visit euresireland.ie.

As well as registering on JobsIreland there are also benefits of registering as an Employer on the EURES website.

If you are registered as an Employer on EURES you will get access to the CVs of jobseekers in the EURES database and you will be able to search for CVs matching your requirements and view, save and organise candidates to make recruitment easier.

You can store search criteria corresponding to your requirements, you can receive e-mail alerts as soon as there are registered jobseekers that fit with your criteria and you can contact them with personalised messages directly through EURES.

Further information on accessing and using the Portal is available at:

How to use the EURES Portal -- for employers

EURES Members and Partners

The EURES Regulation 2016/589 provides for the expansion of the EURES network to include additional organisations in order to increase the availability of offers and services to a wider audience of jobseekers and employers all over Europe.

Further information on becoming a EURES Member or Partner is available on Gov.ie

How to apply for admission to the EURES Network

EmployAbility Service

EmployAbility is a nationwide recruitment advice service for the business community and people with disabilities. Your local EmployAbility service can give you access to a pool of potential employees with varying levels of skills, abilities and training.

Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS)

The Government announced the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS) on the 23 July 2020. This is an economy-wide enterprise support that focuses primarily on business eligibility. The scheme operated by Revenue provides a flat-rate subsidy to qualifying employers based on the numbers of paid and eligible employees on the employer’s payroll.

The EWSS will replace the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme (TWSS) from 1 of September 2020. It is expected to continue until 31 March 2021. Both schemes will run in parallel from 1 July 2020 until the TWSS ceases at the end of August 2020.

Local Enterprise Office supports

Your Local Enterprise Office (LEO) is your ‘first-stop shop’ for advice and information to help you start or develop your business in Ireland. Your LEO will:

  • help you develop key skills through training and mentoring programmes,
  • help you to develop feasibility studies,
  • help you access business development grants and priming grants (first 18 months of start up),
  • refer you to other government supports and services if you need them,
  • help you develop your website and a digital marketing campaign through Trading Online Vouchers,
  • advise you how to access start-up loans from Microfinance Ireland.

International Employment Permits

Government policy is that jobs in Ireland should be offered first to suitably skilled Irish and European Economic Area (EEA) nationals. They should only be offered to non-EEA nationals if there are no suitable candidates within the EEA.

However, if you cannot find people with the skill sets you need within the EEA, you may be able to use 
employment permits to recruit people from outside the EEA.

Current Government policy is to issue employment permits for the employment of non-EEA nationals only for specific vacancies. You must advertise the vacancy on JobsIreland.ie and EURES at least 28 days before you apply for an employment permit.