How to hire remote employees in


Found someone in Ireland you’d like to hire remotely? If you’ve never hired anyone in Ireland before, the process can seem daunting. And it is daunting, if you don’t know what you’re doing. That’s why we’re here. By the end of this page, you’ll know everything you need to know to start hiring remote talent in Ireland.

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What to know before you hire in 


Hiring in Ireland can be notoriously difficult—but not when you know what you’re doing. If you want to hire remote talent in Ireland, you have two options: Hire people as contractors, or hire them as employees.

If you want to successfully hire in 


, you have two options:

Hire talent as contractors

Laws about hiring contractors are significantly more simple in 


. Onboarding talent takes days, not weeks or months. Both you, the company, and your talent have more flexibility. And in many cases, since you’re remote, the talent you’re hiring is better classified as a contractor, anyway. Of course, it’s not possible in every case, but it’s what we built Panther for.

Hire talent as employees

This is the long route. You can either establish a physical presence with an entity and register as an employer, or you can use an Employer-of-Record (EOR) solution. Odds are, you’ll find using an EOR to be the easier route. Still, using an EOR in 


 is expensive—it can often be $500 per month per employee—and sometimes prone to lengthy onboarding times.

Why hire independent contractors in 


Hiring contractors is normally the easier, faster, more flexible choice—but don’t just take it from us. Below are the specific benefits and drawbacks to hiring contractors in 



It’s the fastest way to hire globally

Hiring employees takes months, at the minimum. When you hire with Panther’s locally-generated contracts, it’s a matter of days or weeks. This means you can hire the best talent, fast, without losing them to a hellish procession of paperwork.

It’s a lot cheaper

It costs just $0 to sign up for Panther, then $49 per month to hire your contractors with Panther. If you hired employees manually (or did contracting on your own), you’d likely be on the hook for thousands of dollars each month. Setting up an entity alone can cost tens of thousands of dollars.

It’s more flexible for you & your team

Hiring contractors in 


 means you’re generally not on the hook for things like health insurance and paid time off. This makes hiring flexible for you, and it gives your talent more options.

Can be less risky than hiring employees

Hiring employees is a bigger commitment, and can open you up to increased liabilities and regulations. When you hire contractors overseas, your biggest risk is misclassification—but laws surrounding contractor classification are often significantly more straightforward.

Some people want to be employees

The contractor life isn’t for everyone—some people want the security that being an employee often appears to provide. Though it’s rare, this does happen, and it’s one disadvantage of manage an all-contractor team.

You might not have as much control over your talent

Most countries’ contractor-employer relationship laws stipulate that the employer can’t set fixed working hours, among other things. These laws give contractors more freedom over how and when they do their work than an employee would have. In reality, however, most contractors are willing & able to work on the company’s schedule—it’s a matter of setting expectations beforehand.

How can I pay people in 



If you’re hiring contractors in 


, you can pay them with Panther in a single click. You won’t need to worry about complicated wire transfers, fees, or currency conversions. We’ll take care of it all. Just make a click and your contractor will get paid in their currency of choice. This is a valuable bonus for talent in countries where the local currency is particularly weak—most people appreciate the ability to receive their payment in stronger currencies.

Hiring and paying your team in 


Hire and pay with Panther

Pay everyone with a single click
Get great currency conversion rates
Pay $0 in platform fees
Run payroll in seconds
Let Panther automatically create & store invoices
Let Panther automatically write locally-compliant contracts
Let Panther automatically file local tax documents

Hire and pay without Panther

Pay all your contractors individually
Do all currency conversions yourself
Shoulder the burden of platform fees
Spend hours each month making payments
Manually track & store invoices
Manually write & sign contracts
Manually file relevant tax documents

Let Panther save you from hiring headaches.

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If you want to hire employees in 


If you’ve read up until this point, you’ll know that it’s easier, cheaper, and more flexible to hire contractors in Ireland than employees. Still, there are valid reasons why you might want to hire employees instead. The content below is for you—we’ll cover employer taxes and obligations in Ireland.

Taxes in 


Employer tax

Social Security (PRSI)

Individual tax


Paid Time Off (PTO)

PTO is calculated by the:

  • Full-time employees receive four weeks of paid annual vacation, although more leave is possible if it’s within the employee’s contract.
  • However, the employer can decide when annual leave is taken. Paid leave will only carry over if it is agreed upon between the employer and employee.

Public Holidays

There are 9 public holidays.

Sick Days

No statutory law is in place that requires employees to receive paid sick leave, but employers should decide on their own sick leave policy and enact it in the employees’ contract or terms of employment.

Employers must submit a written statement to an employee within two months of employment that provides information on the terms and conditions related to incapacity to work due to sickness or injury.

If an employee is ill during annual leave, they may obtain a medical certificate so the sick days will not count towards annual leave days.

Maternity Leave

Mothers are entitled to 26 (156 days) weeks of maternity leave and can receive an extra 16 weeks of unpaid leave, which begins immediately after the end of maternity leave. Mothers must take at least 2 weeks before the expected birth and at least 4 weeks after. Entitlement for paid leave depends on if the worker has contributed enough so social insurance, as employers are not obligated to pay.  

To receive benefits employees must contribute: 

  • At least 39 weeks of PRSI paid in the 12-month period before the first day of your maternity leave 


  • At least 39 weeks of PRSI paid since first starting work and at least 39 weeks of PRSI paid or credited in the relevant tax year or in the tax year immediately following the relevant tax year. 


  • At least 26 weeks of PRSI paid in the relevant tax year and at least 26 weeks PRSI paid in the tax year immediately before the relevant tax year. 

The weekly standard rate is 245.00 EUR.

Paternity Leave

2 weeks of paid leave is given during any time within 26 weeks of the birth or adoption.  

Those eligible for paternity leave are: 

  • The father of the child 
  • The spouse, civil partner or cohabitant of the mother of the child 
  • The parent of a donor-conceived child 

To receive benefits an employee must have contributed to social insurance: 

  • At least 26 weeks PRSI paid in the relevant tax year and at least 26 weeks PRSI paid in the tax year immediately before the relevant tax year. 


  • At least 39 weeks PRSI paid since first starting work and at least 39 weeks PRSI paid or credited in the relevant tax year or in the tax year immediately following the relevant tax year. 


  • At least 26 weeks PRSI paid in the relevant tax year and at least 26 weeks PRSI paid in the tax year immediately before the relevant tax year.

Parental Leave

Parents of children age 12 years or younger are entitled to 26 weeks of unpaid leave.

Other Leave


Marriage Leave


Bereavement Leave



Termination Process

If an employee has been employed for at least 13 weeks an employer should provide the statutory minimum of 1-week dismissal notice unless stated otherwise within the written contract.

If an employee feels the dismissal is unfair, they may ask for a written statement reasoning the dismissal. The statement should be provided within 14 days of the request.  

When employment ends employees shall receive any money owed and a payslip.

Notice Period

The notice period in Ireland is:

Severance Pay

When dismissed they have the right to receive wages owed to them for work completed. They are also to receive payment for annual leave earned but not taken. 

Employers are not required to pay severance to employees who have been terminated.  

For cases of redundancy employees are eligible to receive: 

  • two weeks’ pay 
  • extra bonus week 

Redundancy pay is set to a maximum limit of 600 per week. A worker with 5 years of consecutive employment is eligible for 11 weeks redundancy pay.

Probation Period

The probationary period can last from 6 to 12 months.

Employee requirements in 


Working Hours

A full-time workweek is 39 hours. A workweek cannot exceed 48 hours on average over a 4-month period.


Ireland does not have statutory overtime pay, however, is sometimes outlined in a collective bargaining agreement or is negotiated in the employment contract.  

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