How to get a Working Holiday Job in Ireland!

I recently started a new job after a two month search. I have been quite lucky during my time in Ireland and have had friends making suggestions and, on occasion, putting words in for me. Still I started as cold turkey as anyone one moving to a country where they know precisely no one.

As a temporary worker on a Working Holiday Visa you can fill a niche in the market for those temporary, part-time, or casual jobs that no one else really wants to do. If you’re prepared to do anything and everything, you will find something.

Au Pair and Nannying

I’m only recommending one website of hundreds here or we’ll be doing this all day. I suggest visiting, I got a couple of interviews out of it and met a really lovely Australian/Canadian family. My friend Amy, of Barcelona fame, got her job through this website. I would recommend paying the rather exorbitant monthly fee of US$45. Remember to turn off the auto renew, because you will probably only need a month. If you have a paid membership families are more likely to think you’re a serious candidate.

The average wage for an Au Pair is €100 per week depending on your location. You may have access to a car, but bonuses vary between families and it’s all about finding the right fit.

Hostels and Hotels

Your first port of call as you will probably be staying in one, hostels looking for staff will most likely advertise amongst themselves rather than putting something online. Check the notice boards for opportunities or just hand in a CV. This is also something you can do before you get there if you are strapped for cash and are willing to work in exchange for a place to stay – they pay you in accommodation. You could probably work your way around Europe doing this.

Hostel World lists hundred of Irish hostels. Look up the ones that interest you and get on to them. Going door-to-door around the Dublin CBD is a good idea and over the summer months someone is going to get back to you eventually.

Paddywagon Tours have hostels, tour offices and a big side project known as Day Tours World. They need a lot of temporary workers and will put you up in some average to below standard accommodation, work you hard, but most importantly pay you to do it. Definitely OK for a short stint to tide you over while you’re looking. A bonus is that with people coming and going so often then are always looking.

For hotels the process is pretty much the same, identify and conquer.


If you have a qualification or are studying, try for an internship in your field. Ireland is the home of the European bases for Google, YouTube, Amazon, Ebay, Twitter, Yahoo! and Apple, amongst others. Calling all web developers, app developers, IT specialists, marketing gurus and business analysts. Ireland is suffering a bit of a brain drain! Even better if you’re multi-lingual!


You need to be proactive, unfortunately, in looking for a job in retail. My boyfriend carted me round to many a shopping centre so I could hand out CVs. Fortunately, there is an internet cafe on Grafton Street that has a big printer 🙂 The best time to go for shop and warehouse work is September as most places will be recruiting for October. Many major retailers offer short term contracts over the Christmas period. It’s great to get your hard working in while it’s cold and miserable, and save up to travel during the summer months. If you’re completely flexible then you’re almost guaranteed a job. is a place to start, but you are much better off walking around a shopping centre and visiting stores. They might tell you to apply online, but that doesn’t matter. You can also hand in a CV then look up the store’s website when you get home so you can apply for more branches and a larger range of positions.

Outdoor Centres

This topic has received more attention than I had initially anticipated! If you have experience and/or education in the outdoors then Ireland is going to be a great place for you. It’s one of the aspects of the country that drew me in and it’s not going to disappoint you. Like everything else I have spoken about today, working in the outdoors requires you to put your own word out. Locate and approach outdoor centres you want to work with. Start looking before you come and I would recommend looking for work from mid of March onward.

I met a girl in Killarney who was going up to the Killary Adventure Centre in Connemara for the summer. She had approached them by email in March and had received a quick return call. After a quick online search here is a short list of some centres in Ireland:

Pubs and Restaurants

Normally the job one expects a working holiday maker to pick up as IEP Australia says going on a WH no longer means ‘pulling pints’ unless you really want to! This is another CV drop vocation. Look out for signs in windows and on notice boards. Some places recruit online at, CareetJet or similar, but this is by no means extensive or exclusive.

Seasonal Farming and Picking

Picking is generally seasonal, but you may find some growers have a range of produce so can recruit year round. Mmm Blueberries! The website I have provided here gives you full contact details for growers and farmers, so you can approach whoever appeals to you.

Want to find out what it’s like to live on an Irish farm? I follow farmette Imen’s lovely wee blog and it’s worth your time!

Temping and Office Work

Just like everywhere else in the work, Ireland needs office workers. There are plenty of recruitment agencies in Ireland, but I recommend calling or visiting them if you want to get any kind of real response! Unless you plan to be on the phone to them a lot asking them if they have anything for you then this area will not get you a job.

Tour Guiding and Tourism

Another way to get around Europe is as a walking tour guide. Here you will be working for tips so there is incentive to give a cracking tour. I met a young Australian woman on my travels who was giving walking tours of Paris and having a lovely time. The New Dublin Tours website has suggestions on getting started!

Paddywagon Tours was mentioned above, but there are plenty other companies you can approach to find work in tourism:

If you can think of anything else let me know and I will update. Otherwise I hope this post has helped 🙂


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