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Overview

Scenic Ireland offers a surprising number of opportunities for those who wish to study or live there.

Wages and Salaries

And if expenses are in Euros (€) remember, you'll be earning in Euros (€) as well!  These are the new  hourly minimum rates of pay that are in force in Ireland from January  1, 2016:

  • Experienced adult worker €9.15 per hour  (was €8.65 )
  • Over 19 and in 2nd year of first job  €8.24 (was €7.79)  
  • Over 18 and in first year of first job  €7.32  ( was €6.92)
  • Aged under 18   €6.41  (was €6.06)

An experienced adult worker –  for the purposes of the National Minimum Wage Act –  is an employee who has an employment of any kind in any 2 years over the age of 18.

Cost of Living

Living costs in Ireland are generally lower than that of the UK although salaries are comparable.  If you'd like to know how much you'll be needing per month, these are some living costs in Cork.  These are all in Euros (€):

  • Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre per month: 750 - 1,000
  • Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre per month: 600 - 850
  • Internet, 10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL per month:  30 - 45
  • Basic utilities electricity, heating, water, garbage for 85m2 apartment per month: 100 - 198.33
  • Transportation (Monthly Pass, not unlimited): 75 - 92
  • Regular milk, 1 liter: .75 - 1.49
  • White rice, 1 kg:  1.25 - 2.00
  • Eggs, 12: 1.90 - 5.00
  • Chicken breasts, boneless and skinless: 5.00 - 11.00
  • Potato, 1 kg: 2.00
  • Onion, 1kg: .69 - 2.00
  • Tomato, 1 kg: 2.00 - 4.00

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