Don’t rule out small towns as a Nurse

With the effects of Brexit now in play more and more people are looking at Ireland as an option to work as a Nurse or Healthcare Assistant in an English-speaking country.

Yes, it is true, rents are more expensive in Ireland, but what a lot of people don’t know is that there is no council tax, or water charges, salaries for Nurses and Healthcare Assistant are higher in Ireland and also taxes are lower.

If you are working in Ireland as a Healthcare Assistant, you will pay less than 7% in taxes.

When considering Ireland as a designation you should not rule out the small towns from your search, not only are they cheaper but they also offer a much better quality of life.

You need to know that Ireland is a very small country, with only one city with a population of over 1 million, and the next biggest city going all the way down to less than 200,000. The seventh largest city only has a population of around 38,000.

City Population

1.      Dublin              1,110,6272

2.      Cork                 198,5824

3.      Limerick          91,4546

4.      Galway             76,7787

5.      Waterford       51,5199

6.      Drogheda        38,57810

7.      Dundalk           37,816

They country is full of beautiful towns like Wicklow Town (where I live) with populations of around 8 to 10 thousand, these towns have everything you need on your doorstep, with the only 3 things noticeably missing being McDonalds, Shopping Centre and a cinema, which they more than make up for with their large selection of bars and restaurants.  


They are incredibly safe places to live with almost a zero serious crime rate, and if you are travelling with a young family, they are incredibly safe places for children.

The next thing that needs to be noted is that Ireland is a small Island, so if you like the ocean and coast, the coast of Ireland is full of small towns, where you will have incredible sea views from almost everywhere.

Then as it is a small Island, a lot of the towns are what we call commuter towns, meaning they have reliable public transport to the closest major city, and then from the city you have fast reliable transport to Dublin Airport. In fact, most of the people who live in the commuter town, will actually work in the closest city and not in the town itself, commuting to and from work every day, hence the name commuter town.

There are then two other type of areas, Non-Commuter Town, and rural areas.

Non-Commuter Town are basically identical to a commuter town with one difference, they are not closely connected to a major city, meaning it is not really possible to commute to a major city on a daily basis for work. The next key difference is less competition for accommodation, meaning rents are lower.

Finally, we have rural areas, to live in a rural area you will really need to have a car, has you won’t really have access to everything you need for day to day living, however if you do have a car and like the quiet and tranquility, that these types of places offer, not only will you have an incredible quality of life, but the cast of living is considerably lower. As mention above it is my opinion that you will need to be looking for quiet and tranquility and have a car to really enjoy living in this type of area.

Now there is one negative to living in towns in Ireland, even though they will have good public transport connecting the town with the closest cities, the public transport that actually servers the town is really minimal, meaning if you want to get from one part of the town to another you are looking a walking, you will probably find yourself in a position where you are walking around 30 minutes to and from work every day.

So, in summary, if you are looking for a lower cost of living, a higher quality of live, and want to live somewhere that is incredibly safe and beautiful you really want to look at one of Ireland many towns.

If you visit our job board you will see many offers in all types of cities and towns


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