Nurses and Healthcare Assistant Positions available all across
Ireland

Types of Positions Available

Healthcare Assistant

The job of a Healthcare Assistant in Ireland is a qualified position, meaning not just anyone can apply for this position like in the UK. In order to apply for this position you will need to have a Healthcare Assistant qualification, or an equivalent qualification. The qualification in Ireland is call the FETAC Level 5 in Care, if you have completed a Healthcare Assistant course in your home country it is probably all you will need. Also if you have completed another healthcare qualification, like nursing or Physiotherapy this course will exceed that of an HCA allowing you to apply for this position.

Pre- Registered Nurse

This is a Nurse who is trained and registered in an EU country, but not yet registered as a Nurse in Ireland.

In order to work as a nurse in Ireland you must first complete the registration procedure with the MNBI (Irish Nursing Board).

This is a relatively simple process and is completed online, and requires the uploading of four documents

  • Copy of passport
  • Evidence of Formal Qualification/Diploma
  • Certificate of Conformity OR Certificate of Acquired Rights
  • Certificate of Current Professional Status/Certificate of Good Character

And passing the required English test to prove your English competency.

This process will cost a nurse a minimum of €795, and this does not include paying for any English Assistance which could also cost hundreds of Euros.

Many nurses in this position decide to move to Ireland to work as a Healthcare Assistant.

If you decide to move to Ireland and start working in this position, we will assist you with your registration process with the NMBI, and once you have completed this you will obtain a position as a Nurse, normally with the same employer you have been working with as an HCA.

Nurse

In order to apply for a Nursing position in Ireland you will first need to complete your Nursing registration with the NMBI. This can be completed from your home country or alternatively you can come to Ireland as a Pre- Registered nurse while you are completing this.

There are plenty of nursing positions available in Ireland ranging from positions in Elderly care to specialized positions based in hospitals like ICU, and Theater Nursing. Which nursing positions you can apply for will depend on your post-graduation experience.

If you are a new graduate with less than 12 months experience you will be limited to position in Elderly Care, if you would like to work in a hospital you will need a minimum of 12 moths experience within the area of nursing you would like to work in. The more experience you have the better your chances are of getting this type of position.

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Salaries

Healthcare Assistant and Pre-Registered Nurse

Hourly

Monthly Gross (4 Weeks)

Monthly Net

€11.00

€2,002.00

€1,765.00

Hourly salaries can range from €10 to €13 depending on training, experience and the actual employer pay rates, the above numbers are based on €11.00 per hour.

 

Nurse

Hourly

Monthly Gross

Monthly Net

€18.00

€3,276.00

€2,609.00

Hourly salaries can range from €17 to €20 depending on training, experience and the actual employer pay rates, the above numbers are based on €18.00 per hour.

Cost of Living​

The cost of living in Ireland varies depending on the location you live in. Just like any country, the capital city being the most expensive, followed by other city locations, and then decreasing the further away you are from a city. 

The below guide will give you an idea of the costs.

Rental Cost

 

Dublin

 

Galway

 

Cork

Limerick

 

Commuter Towns

 

Non-Commuter Towns

2 Bed Apartment

€1,500

€1,300

€1,300

€1,300

€1,200

€900

Shared Accommodation

€600 -€800

€500 – €700

€500 – €700

€500 – €700

€400 – €600

€400 – €600

 

Bills​

In many cases when you are sharing, bills will be included, but not always. The bills below are based on a monthly average for a 2-bedroom apartment, so if you are sharing you can just divide them by 2.

Electricity:                   €40 per month

Gas:                             €70 per month (Lower in the summer months and higher in the winter months)

Internet:                      €40 per month

Mobile Phone:            €35 per month on a plan with unlimited internet

Cable TV:                     €30 per month for the basic package

Food costs will be very similar to most EU countries; however, cigarettes and alcohol are very expensive, 20 cigarettes will cost you €14.00.

So, if you are working as a Healthcare Assistant with a little bit of overtime which is always available you can expect to earn about €2000 per month Net, after fixed expenses and food costs in a situation where you are sharing you would be looking at about €900 per month meaning you would have the ability to save over €1,000 a month, and as a Nurse you could be saving €1,600 per month.

The cost of living in Ireland varies depending on the location you live in. Just like any country, the capital city being the most expensive, followed by other city locations, and then decreasing the further away you are from a city. 

The below guide will give you an idea of the costs.

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