Do you want to hire an employee in Ireland without a permanent establishment but need an Irish payroll? IPS can help you hire and pay employees in Ireland in compliance with the law, even without an Irish branch or permanent establishment.

There are 2 ways you can hire someone in Ireland without a permanent establishment:

  1. Employer of Record (Ireland) – this is where your employee is employed directly by us and deployed to you full time. This is also known as employee leasing in Ireland or Umbrella Company in Ireland.
  2. Direct employment in your company but with payroll accounting according to Irish law by registering your company as a foreign employer.

Both employment options offer their advantages and disadvantages. Contact us to find out which one suits your project better. We will be happy to advise you and find the best solution for your company.

IPS is your global payroll solution for a successful and fast international expansion without a permanent establishment.

Remote Work Full Time from Ireland – Information for Hiring Employees in Ireland

To ensure that you succeed in your first go abroad, IPS as your international payroll partner is here to assist you with the correct employment of your employees in Ireland and the preparation of Irish payroll in accordance with the laws of the country. Following is some information to help you understand the Irish payroll system.

Wage costs

Employer costs in Ireland vary according to the personal situation of the employee and range from 8% to 12% on top of the gross salary. Additional benefits such as a private insurance or pension can be offered.

If you do not have an office in Ireland, you will need a service like IPS to calculate and pay these additional employer costs correctly according to Irish law. With international payroll in Ireland from IPS, you can ensure that your employee is paid compliantly according to Irish law.

International payroll services in Ireland require compliance with Irish employment law.

As your international payroll service in Ireland, we make sure you are equipped with the information you need. 


Since 1 January 2023, an employee has the right to 3 days’ sick pay a year. This is called statutory sick pay (that means the legal minimum). Sick pay is paid by the employer at 70% of the normal pay up to a maximum of €110 a day. This will increase to 5 days in 2024, 7 days in 2025 and 10 days in 2026.

Some employers may decide to be more generous with their sick day policy.

To be eligible for sick leave, an employee must be certified by a GP (General Practitioner) as unfit to work.

Vacation and public holidays

In Ireland, most employees are entitled to 4 weeks’ annual leave each year. The statutory leave year runs from 1 April to 31 March.

There are 10 public holidays in Ireland. If a public holiday falls on a weekend, the employee is still entitled to this day.

  • New Year’s Day (1 January)
  • First Monday in February, or 1 February if the date falls on a Friday (from 2023 onwards)
  • Saint Patrick’s Day (17 March)
  • Easter Monday
  • First Monday in May
  • First Monday in June
  • First Monday in August
  • Last Monday in October
  • Christmas Day (25 December)
  • Saint Stephen’s Day (26 December)

Probationary period/termination

In Ireland, the length of the probationary period can vary, but is usually around six months. It can be extended up to 12 months after the initial period.

Depending on how long an employee has been with the company, the following notice periods apply:

Length of Service

Minimum Notice

Thirteen weeks to two years

One week

Two to five years

Two weeks

Five to ten years

Four weeks

Ten to fifteen years

Six weeks

More than fifteen years

Eight weeks

A longer notice period can be agreed in the employment contract.

As your international payroll company in Ireland, we will ensure that you comply with the legal framework when giving notice.

We will be happy to help you with any questions you have!

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