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Living and working in Dublin

If you are thinking about making a move to Dublin’s fair city then make sure you read our guide first. Here is everything you need to know.

Working in Dublin

Dublin regularly ranks as one of the best cities to explore in Europe. Finding your dream job in the capital only enhances that experience.

Which types of industries are prominent in Dublin?

The capital city is full of exciting opportunities. In particular, you’ll find a variety of jobs in the data science, digital and engineering and life sciences industries.

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  • Relocating to Dublin

    Got a job offer and now need to find accommodation in Dublin?

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    Finding the right accommodation is part of moving to Dublin. Don’t worry, the headlines are scary but everyone finds their right spot in the city.

    Any area close to the centre of town is popular - and expensive. Think about sharing or be prepared to shell out big bucks for a Dublin 1 or 2 address. 

    Moving slightly outside of this area, to Dublin zones 4, 6, 7 and 8, still places you within walking distance of the city centre but with (slightly) more reasonable rentals. 

    The further afield you go, the less money you’ll spend on accommodation. On the other hand, you need to factor in higher transport costs.

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    You can include transit routes in your search as you explore the different types of accommodation on offer.

  • Getting around in Dublin

    There are plenty of options for getting from A to B in Dublin.

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    You’re spoiled for choice with transport options in Dublin.

    Firstly, the city is compact and very easy to walk around.

    If you’re further away from the city centre, there’s the DART (the coastal train), an extensive public bus network and the Luas tram system. Make sure you pick up your Leap Card (available at more than 650 outlets or online) to get around the city with ease.

    Finally, you’re never far from being able to rent a bike in Dublin either.

  • Places to visit in Dublin

    Find the best places to visit with our list of the top tourist attractions in Dublin.

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    Dublin packs a punch with its thousands of things to see and do. We can’t list them all here but we do share the top 15 that you just simply can’t miss. 

  • Local communities & meetups in Dublin

    Get out from behind your screen, meet people and expand your knowledge.

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    You’ll never run out of opportunities to connect with people in Dublin. From fellow Friends aficionados to expats living in Ireland, there’s a community of like-minded people just for you.

    Find your squad here:

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People we've helped in Dublin

What our candidates and clients have said about us.

  • Kate at Next Generation contacted me regarding a role that was tailored to my experience and qualifications and in an industry, I was looking to enter. The entire process was very efficient and transparent and I was completely aware of my position and performance throughout the entire interview process. Kate was extremely helpful throughout with both preparation and coaching tips that certainly helped me demonstrate my strengths well to the client. I would highly recommend Next Generation if looking for a new challenge.

    Odhran Esdale

  • Kate is one of the best talent acquisition professionals I have come across in my career over the past 20 years. Highly professional, proactive, on top of business issues and has a great network of contacts to help source from.

    Brian Tormey

  • Sarah and team really take the time to really understand your needs and have been a great support.

    Dylan Lindo

  • Sarah's knowledge of the Supply Chain industry in Ireland and the key people within it is unrivaled. This makes the Next Generation experience much more personable, as in addition to a standard skills / experience match, a focus is put on finding good personal fit and culture match between employer and candidate. Communication was always excellent, and without them I would not have found my perfect role, for which I am very grateful


    Niall Jones

  • I cannot recommend Simona Morelli enough from Next Generation. From not having much luck in my career so far, Simona encouraged and helped me to get my 'big break'. She was great with interview preparation and always had a follow-up call after interviews. I thought that Simona's job would be finished when I was offered the job, but no she kept in contact with me to make sure everything was alright several time before I started the job.

    Niamh Fussey

  • NG recruitment were brilliant to deal with from start to finish. A special mention to Simona who was so helpful and dealt with every query I had promptly. These times have made the interview process more challenging, with Simona's help and guidance I had no added stress or worry. The whole process was seamless and stress free. Would highly recommend this agency!!!!

    Clara Burke

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is Dublin a good place to live?

    Yes! Dublin has it all. A great tech ecosystem, established corporates and companies that hire frequently, and a sociable nightlife. The city also offers quick access to nature areas, and various third-level colleges means upskilling opportunities are plentiful.

  • What is the average salary in Dublin?

    The average salary in Dublin is €39,000 per annum. Research from Eurostat shows that salaries in Ireland are among the highest paid in Europe. Of course, different sectors have different pay ranges:

    Supply chain and logistics: Warehouse supervisors can expect a salary around €30,000 while supply chain directors can earn up to €180,000.

    Education: Salaries for teachers in Dublin start at €35,958 and rise to €67,538.

    Accountancy: Salaries begin at €25,000 for graduates and reach €250,000 for CFOs.

    Financial services: Salaries range from €25,000 to €300,000 in one of Dublin’s most prominent sectors.

    Engineering: Quality assurance technicians can expect to earn around €30,000 while general managers can earn up to €135,000.

    Digital marketing: In general, marketing salaries start at €30,000. Marketing directors can earn up to €180,000.

    Healthcare: Salaries in this sector range from €19,048 to €100,000.

    Science and pharmaceutical: Graduates in this sector start their careers near the €30,000 mark. R&D directors can expect salaries up to €180,000.

    IT: Salaries in this sector range from €35,000 to €200,000.

    Web developers: There is a lot of demand for professionals with web development skills. Entry level salaries begin at €30,000 and experienced front end developers can expect to earn around €65,000.

    Data analytics: Salaries start at €45,000 and rise to €100,000 for experienced data professionals.

    HR: Graduate salaries begin at €25,000 while HR Directors can expect to earn up to €155,000.

    Retail: Salaries in this sector range from €25,000 to €100,000.

    Construction: Salaries in this sector range from €20,000 to €100,000. 

  • How much money do you need to live comfortably in Dublin?

    The cost of living index will help you calculate how much money you need to live comfortably in Dublin. 

  • What is the average monthly rent in Dublin?

    The answer to this question depends on if you rent a room in a house or flat with other people or if you rent a property by yourself. 

    For a place of your own, average Dublin rent is €2,044 per month. To rent a room, expect an average monthly cost of between €550 to €1,500, depending on which part of Dublin you’re renting in.

  • Is it hard to find a job in Dublin?

    If you are prepared to put serious effort into your job search, you’ll find a good role in Dublin. This means working collaboratively with a well-connected recruitment partner, following their advice, and crafting a CV and cover letter that shows how hiring you will make a positive impact for an employer.

  • What jobs are in demand in Dublin?

    In 2020, we’re noticing an increase in demand for talent in the following areas:

    • Accountancy & Finance
    • Science & Pharmaceuticals 
    • Technology & Creative Design
    • Engineering
  • What is the average commute in Dublin?

    The average daily commute in Dublin is just under an hour. This makes the commute most Dublin residents face the fifth longest in the EU. That makes Dublin’s commute just below London and above Stockholm. However, wifi and connectivity is mostly good on Dublin’s public transport system and many travelers factor this benefit into their commute (e.g. catching up on work or personal emails, texting colleagues and friends etc.).

  • How much does public transport​ cost in Dublin​?

    Prices will vary depending on the distance you’re travelling. Setting up a Leap card reduces your costs.


    Leap card


    Normal bus - 4 to 13 stops



    Normal bus - 13+ stops



    Express services



    Route 90 (train connecting bus)



    Luas travel within one zone with a Leap card costs €2.10. Travel across eight zones costs up to €3.30.