Compared with the most popular places for Chinese children to study in the United States and Britain, the number of Chinese students studying in Ireland is relatively small, which is related to the low profile of this country. According to the latest data provided by the Irish Higher Education Agency, from 2016 to 2017, the country with the largest number of international students in Ireland was the United States, with 4,696, and the second was China, with 2153
Some Chinese who completed their studies here found stable white-collar jobs and bought their own houses. However, if it is just a business graduate, it is difficult to gain a foothold here. The biggest possibility is to return to China or transfer to a third country. Most Chinese people studying medicine here have found work, either in Ireland or the UK. There is also a high chance of learning software. It can be said that no one can find a job in medical chemistry. There are also some accountants who have also successfully found a job as a Trainee Accountant.
If you are looking for a job there is a range of information sources and supports to help you with your search. You may be looking for a job for the first time after leaving school or college, or you may be thinking of changing your job or returning to work. If you are unemployed, there are a number of services and supports to help you find work – see below. Whether you are currently in work, unemployed or in education, the process of finding and applying for a job is the same. It is important to research all possible sources of information on employment opportunities, to send in a well-prepared job application with a relevant cover letter and CV (curriculum vitae) and, if your application is not successful, to continue the search for employment.
Generally, the amount of pay you receive for working is a matter for agreement between you and your employer. These negotiations normally occur when you receive an offer of a job. However, most employees are entitled to a minimum wage under the National Minimum Wage Act 2000. Sub-minimum rates apply to some people, such as those aged under 18 (See the ‘Rates’ section below).
There are other minimum rates of pay for employees in certain sectors. In some sectors they are set out in Employment Regulation Orders (EROs) made by Joint Labour Committees. You can find out more in our document, Employment agreements and orders.
National minimum wage
Since 1 January 2019, the national minimum wage is €9.80 per hour, as set out in the National Minimum Wage Order 2018. Since 4 March 2019, wage rates are solely based on age. (See ‘Rates’ below.)
The national minimum wage does not stop an employer from offering a higher wage.
Note: From 1 February 2020, the national minimum wage will increase to €10.10