Part Time Work Options for International Students in Ireland

Part Time Work Options for International Students in Ireland

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Priya Garg
Study Abroad Expert
Updated on Jun 18, 2024 15:17 IST

Part-time work opportunity for international students in Ireland: One of the major advantages of pursuing higher studies in Ireland for international students is the student-friendly visa policies in place.   

Part Time Work Options for International Students in Ireland

Indian students who are planning to study at one of the top universities in Ireland should be aware of the Ireland Study Visa regulations on part-time work for students.

Ireland visas are specified by stamp numbers. Indian students will receive a Stamp 2 on their passport as they are international students in Ireland on an Irish Student Visa and are taking a full-time course that’s included on the Interim List of Eligible Programmes (ILEP). On the Stam 2A, Indian students would be allowed to work up to 20 hours a week during the school year and up to 40 hours a week on holidays (summer and winter holidays).

International students taking up a full-time course on a program that is not on the Interim List of Eligible Programmes (ILEP), would receive the Stamp 2A on their passport and they would not be eligible for part-time work opportunities. This article contains the list of top part-time jobs and the eligibility to work part-time for students while studying in Ireland.

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Top Part-time Jobs for Students in Ireland

Below is the list of the top in-demand part-time jobs in Ireland for international students. Please note that these jobs are listed in no order of their salaries as salaries are subjective to change based on several conditions such as expertise, demand, experience and region.

Top Part-time Jobs in Ireland for International Students 
Coach Administration Research Assistant
Community Support Worker Barista Secretary
Teaching Assistant Library Assistant Shops Assistant
Writer Hospitality Waiter

 Work Part Time in Ireland for International Students

International students to be eligible for part-time work opportunities in Ireland, would be required to adhere to the following: 

  • Registered with local police known as Garda National Immigration Bureau or GNIB.
  • Accepted to a course recognized by the Minister for Education and Skills.
  • Enrolled in a full-time course at or above NFQ Level 7.
  • Attending classes between  8 AM and 6 PM per week.
  • Enrolled in a course with at least one year’s duration.

Candidates who are eligible to work part-time in Ireland, need to acquire a PPS Number (Personal Public Services Number).  This is required for your employer to be able to pay you only if you have a PPS number. Also, you will need to open an account with any Irish bank as the payment can be made only to an Irish bank account. You will be required to comply with Irish tax laws, employment laws, and taxation requirements.

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Having prior work experience will definitely increase your chances of securing a part-time job in Ireland, however, this is not mandatory. Coming to the minimum wage for part-time work in Ireland, cities such as Dublin and Cork have a minimum wage of €10-12 per hour. In Tier 2 cities such as Limerick and outside of Dublin, the minimum wage is between €8-9 per hour. Candidates wanting to study in Ireland are advised against using part-time work funds to support everyday expenses in Ireland. As the money earned would not suffice for living expenses in Ireland. 

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This was all about the part-time jobs in Ireland for international students. If you have any doubts, feel free to post your queries in the comments below. 


Q. Is it worth studying in Ireland?

A. Studying in Ireland has its own advantages and disadvantages. Although job opportunities are plenty, salaries are decent, the tuition fee is affordable and the cost of living is not much high, international students find it difficult to obtain a job suiting their interests. Also, the visa requirements for Ireland are quite stringent and a large number of overseas students who bring their families along have a hard time looking out for a living space. 

Q. Why should I do a part-time job while studying in Ireland?

A. Doing a part-time job not only polishes your skills in that particular field but also helps you gain experience which would be fruitful in the long run. While working you get to meet people from different walks of life and build connections. Holding a part-time job also comes in handy as an experience when you apply for a full-time job after graduation. Based on your performance you may also be offered a full-time position, with good salary.  

Q. Is there any formal requirement to take up a part-time job in Ireland?

A. A PPS number will be required for all those who want to take up part-time employment in the country. This is so because without a PPS number, the company with which you're working won't be able to give you your payment. Students will also be required to get an account opened at a bank in Ireland as the salary can only be transferred to an Irish bank account.

Q. Do I need a special work permit to work part-time in Ireland?

A. No special work permit is required to work part-time in Ireland provided the applicant is enrolled on a course lasting atleast one year. Students in Ireland can work for a maximum of 40 hours per week in June, July, August, and September. They are also permitted to work during vacations from December 15th to January 15th.

Q. Can all overseas students work part-time in Ireland while studying?

A. International students taking up a full-time course on a program that is not on the Interim List of Eligible Programmes (ILEP), would receive the Stamp 2A on their passport and they would not be eligible for part-time work opportunities.

Q. How much can an international student earn by working part-time in Ireland?

A. Students can get a competitive payout by working part-time in Ireland. However, the amount of salaries may differ from city to city. In cities like Dublin and Cork, the minimum per-hour wage remains €10-12, while in cities like Limerick and outside of Dublin, the minimum per-hour wage remains €8-9. 

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i am planning to study in ireland next year. How much money should i take with me. Does college provides part time jobs.

Reply to i love ALLAH TAALA

We can pay tuition fee in installment in Ireland please tell me

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Rahul Singha

3 years ago

Hello Moiz. I have replied to your earlier comment, below. Kindly check.

We have to pay tuition fee in Ireland remaining immediately

Reply to Mohammed moiz uddin Ahmed


Rahul Singha

3 years ago

Hello Moiz. You will have to show the required funds during your Ireland Student Visa application. If you are unable to show the required funds for the entire duration of your study in Ireland, your visa application will get rejected due to a lack of funds.


Theodora Gwani

3 years ago

Hi please is there a maximum amount an international student can earn while studying and working in Ireland?

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Rahul Singha

3 years ago

Hello Theodora. As mentioned in the article, international students holding a valid stamp 2 means they will be permitted to work for 20 hours per week during the academic session, and 40 hours per week during the months of May, June, July, August, and December 15 to January 15. the amount earned wou



Viola Person

4 years ago

Hello, please I want to study health and social care in college to acquire level 1 and 2 diploma certificate. How will I get the admission?

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Rahul Singha

4 years ago

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