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A Guide To Contracting In Ireland

Relocating to Ireland

You have just been offered a contract role in Ireland however, you feel overwhelmed with the thoughts of getting yourself set up once you arrive. Fear not, with Icon we are here to assist and guide you through the entire process so that you are fully aware and briefed of what is required so that the entire process as hassle free as possible.

PPS Number Application

A Personal Public Service Number (PPS Number) is a unique reference number that helps you access social welfare benefits, public services and information in Ireland.

State agencies that use PPS Numbers to identify individuals include the Department of Social Protection, the Revenue Commissioners and the Health Service Executive (HSE).

The Department of Social Protection can provide you with a PPS Number once you arrive in Ireland.  However, prior to your arrival, you will need to book an appointment at your nearest Social Welfare Office so you can apply for your PPS Number.

To arrange this appointment, please log on to My Welfare and follow the steps.  Please note that you will need to bring the outlined identification documentation with you when attending the appointment.

If you are not an Irish citizen, you will need to produce the following documents:

  • EU/EEA citizen – Your passport or national identity card
  • Non EU/EEA citizen – Your passport
  • Evidence of your address, such as a household bill in your name
  • Once your PPS number is issued, simply contact your Payroll Account Manager in Icon. A Form 12A will then be sent to you to complete as this activates your PPS number and your tax credits are applied.

The entire process is straight forward and quick and we are here to assist you every step of the way.

Opening an Irish Bank Account

Icon can make payment into any bank account, here or abroad. However, if you are a non-resident and you wish to open your own Irish bank account we will assist you in this process.

You will need the following documents to open a bank account:

  • A current valid passport or driving licence
  • A recent household bill such as a telephone, electricity or gas bill

As a non-resident you will also be required to provide a character reference and financial history from your own bank.

Icon Accounting can provide any supporting documentation on your contract in this regard also.

Once your bank account number is issued, please confirm this with your Payroll Account Manager. All payments will then be processed to your new Irish bank account.

Renting / Letting a Property

There are various different options available to you to rent while contracting in Ireland. From renting a room in an apartment in the city to a house in the country, there are plenty of properties available to suit your needs and budget.

Landlords and estate / letting agencies generally require the below paperwork from tenants along with a deposit which is generally one month’s rent. Ensure that you get a receipt from once the deposit is paid.

  • Photo ID – Passport or Driving Licence
  • Bank details
  • Proof of employment – your agency contract will suffice
  • Reference from previous landlord (if available)
Please find below are the some of the most popular rental websites:




Irish Health Care System

The Health Service Effective (HSE) provides health and social services to everyone residing in Ireland and it operates a two-tier system – you can avail of both public and private health care if you wish.

Public Health Care for people coming to Ireland:

If you are a European Union (EU)/EEA/Swiss national or if you are normally resident in Ireland, you are entitled to receive the same level of health care as Irish citizens.

If you are not from an EU/EEA member State or Switzerland, you will be entitled to certain services free of charge and you will have to pay for the remainder.



Private Health Care for relocating to Ireland

In addition to the public health system you can avail of a range of private health care services. You must pay the full costs of treatment if you opt for private healthcare.

There are a number of private health insurance companies here in Ireland and with Icon Accounting; you can avail of discounted rates with Aviva – Icon-Accounting-Group-Health-Scheme.

As long as you are from the EU/EEA/Switzerland or normally resident in Ireland, you are entitled to the same benefits from your private health insurance with any of these three companies as any other Irish citizen.