Places for Apprentices at Bus Eireann 2018

Applications for Bus Eireann apprenticeships are being accepted from March 1st 2018 to March 24th 2018.

These apprenticeships  are for Heavy Vehicle Mechanics and are open to both female and male candidates.
Locations will be one of the following –   Athlone, Ballina, Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick, Longford, Sligo, Stranorlar, Thurles, Tralee, Waterford

Bus Eireann apprentices are trained to the highest possible technical standards and acquire the ability to maintain the various systems associated with modern public service vehicles. This includes training on the various day to day repairs and preventative maintenance tasks, in addition to vehicle diagnostics/fault finding .

On successful completion of this Heavy Vehicle Mechanics apprenticeship, the apprentice is awarded a QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate Craft – Heavy Vehicle Mechanics.

During your apprenticeship you will also be trained for a category D driving licence.

During the on the job training phase of your apprenticeship you will be paid by Bus Éireann.
Year 1: €200.32 weekly
Year 2: €300.48
Year 3: €434.03
Year 4: €534.19

While attending the off the job training phase of your apprenticeship you will be paid a training allowance by SOLAS
(details of which will be provided by SOLAS).
Further information on apprenticeships is available on

Candidates must have obtained the following minimum standards at the time of applying.

Grade C or higher at Ordinary Level in the Junior Certificate (or equivalent) in one sitting in the following subjects:

Irish or English
Science Subject (Technology, Art, Craft & Design, Technical Graphics, Materials Technology (Wood), Home Economics or Metalwork).
Any two other subjects
(Grade D or higher on higher level papers is acceptable).


Grade D or higher at Ordinary Level in the

Leaving Certificate

(or equivalent) in one sitting in the following subjects:

Irish or English
Science Subject (Agricultural Science, Applied Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physics and Chemistry.)
Any two other subjects.
If you have not obtained the required grade in any of the above Science subjects, the following is acceptable at Leaving Certificate Level:
Art, Construction Studies, Design and Communication Graphics, Engineering, Home Economics, and Technology.

Apply Here


Galway Races Jobs 2018

Jobs at the Galway Races 2018

As usual – Lydon House Catering will be looking for temporary  staff to work at the Galway Races which take place this year  from Monday 30th  July to  Sunday 5h August 2018.

They will be looking for the following Categories of Experienced Staff:

Hospitality Supervisors

Bar Supervisors  Catering Supervisors

Chefs  Waiting Staff  Bar Staff

Catering Assistants/Kitchen Porters/Wash Up Staff

Administration Staff


All applicants must be 16 years or over. There are some restrictions on the roles and time periods that staff between 16 – 18 years can be recruited for e.g. duration of employment is 5 days maximum, staff must finish work before 10.00pm

Applicants need to complete an online application form  which will be available in May 2018 and send it to the appropriate department:


The Galway Races Summer Festival is renowned as being Ireland’s premier and most colourful racing festival.  While it is a major sporting event, it also appeals to a much wider audience than just the racing fans. It’s true to say once you go racing in Galway, you’ll want to make it an annual event. It is a unique occasion filled with colour, atmosphere, passion and craic.


Marks and Spencer Graduate Jobs in Ireland

Marks and Spencer : Graduate Training – Jobs in Ireland

M&S regularly  offer positions for graduates in Ireland. The 2018 applications for  Retail Management in the  Republic of Ireland program is currently open for positions starting in April 2018

The program consits of  9-12 months training on the job, working at the frontline of retail . You’ll be hands-on in different store areas including Food, Clothes, Home and Store Operations. You’ll also spend time with HR learning about  people policies.


Type of applicants M&S want

M&S are looking for someone who is a “people person” , analytical and calm under pressure, They like people with the ability to think on their feet , who can  spot where improvements can be made and have the confidence and determination to make them happen.

Application is online – where you have to take some online screening tests

M&S Ireland Graduate Schemes


Wetherspoons Pubs – Jobs in Dublin

UK cut price pub company JD Wetherspoons have already opened some pubs in Ireland and have big expansion plans . They recently announced a new pub and hotel on Camden St in Dublin with 200 jobs – opening probably in 2019.

At Wetherspoon they have this thing of calling staff  ‘Associates’ – which is becoming more common in many companies.
They say that all the  associates will have the opportunity to progress through an award winning training programme, whether you want to work behind the bar, in the kitchen, front of house on the floor or as a cleaner – you can all expect the same great career path

Wetherspoons say that applicants don’t need to have any previous experience as they  will train you on every part of the role, you just need to be friendly and sociable and have a really positive attitude to succeed with them . And regardless of whether you want to work full time or part time you will receive the same  training.

You will also receive regular reviews and updates on your performance and training and this will form part of your training sign off as an associate.

Wetherspoons Jobs Site


Living Wage in Ireland

In Ireland there is a legal Minimum Hourly Wage – which all employers must adhere to. You can see details of the current Minimum Wage in Ireland

There is also a voluntary Living Wage rate – which is being pushed by Unions and other organisations. No one is obliged to pay the Living Wage (yet)

The current Living Wage is €11.70 per hour (Compared to legal Minimum wage of €9.55 per hour )

Ireland’s largest unions have been pushing for the  living wage of €11.70 per hour to replace the current minimum wage, which was increased to €9.55 at the start of the year.

A small amount of employers already pay at least the Living Wage in Ireland – these include Aldi . Ikea and  SSE Airtricity.

The concept of a Living Wage is based working out how what is an adequate income to enable individuals to afford a socially acceptable standard of living.  A  living wage which provides for needs not wants . It is based on figures from  Budget Standards research which establishes the cost of a Minimum Essential Standard of Living in Ireland .
Earnings below the living wage suggest employees are forced to do without certain essentials so they can make ends-meet.

The Living Wage Technical Group was established in 2014 and worked to establish a methodology for calculating the Republic of Ireland Living Wage.

The current members of the group are:

Dr Michéal Collins, UCD
Dr Seán Healy, Social Justice Ireland
Dr Bernadette Mac Mahon, Vincentian Partnership for Social Justice
Dr Nat O’Connor, Ulster University
Michael Taft, UNITE the Union
Robert Thornton, Vincentian Partnership for Social Justice


IBec’s  chief executive, Danny McCoy, said that while companies should provide a fair wage to employees, the concept of a living wage is flawed.


Make Money From Answering Surveys in Ireland

A market research company are  looking for Irish people aged  over 16 to join their online consumer panel. (Work From Home)
It’s simple- and free to register. All surveys are done online from the comfort of your own home or local coffee shop with free WiFi !  . Participants get rewards for most of the surveys – These rewards may be cash  (via Paypal) or online gift vouchers .

You will be asked to complete online surveys about various products. These  surveys are then  used by companies to help develop new products and advertising  campaigns.

If you are out of work – it’s an easy way to help beat the boredom and maybe get something in return.  You could be a stay at home mum or dad looking to make a bit of extra cash for the Holidays  or to help pay the bills ? It’s not a proper job – you won’t make a living from it –  but  every little helps!

Join here today !    MySurvey


Smyths Christmas Jobs in Ireland

Christmas is the busiest time of year for toy shops –  and Smyths Toys Superstores are the biggest toy retailer in Ireland
Smyths will usuallly be looking for temporary  Seasonal Sales Assistants  before Christmas.

You will need to be , flexible with the hours and days that you are willing to  work  – with weekend work probably a requirement.

Blanchardstown Smyths have some Christmas 2017 job vacancies – you can  find out more here on the Smyths Careers Site

Smyths also have Christmas jobs for  Night Pack Assistants  – who will  ork when the Store is closed to customers to restock and  prepare for trading the following day. Weekends are the  busiest trading days so it is likely that you will be required to work on these days.

See all Current Irish Smyths Jobs here

Uk Smyths Jobs Here


Christmas Jobs Argos Ireland 2017

Christmas work at Argos in Ireland  for 2017

Argos Ireland usually recruit as many as 500 part time staff  for the  busy Christmas period. It is a good place for students to get work during the Christmas  holidays.
Most of the Christmas jobs at Argos are Customer Advisor roles.  One day you could be at the till,  the next in the stockrooms.
There are sometimes a few driving jobs  where you will be picking deliveries in the stockroom and taking them to customer’s  homes in an Argos van.

Argos Ireland  is one of the largest retail employers in the country with around 1,400 employees.  Flexible hours are available. You may even enjoy it so much that you choose to apply for a permanent career with them  –  Argos  say they have a few managers in the business who started off   as Christmas temps!

Argos Christmas Jobs are open to anyone aged 16 or over. They expect you to be able to do at least 10 hours a week and it will help if you are available on Christmas Eve  , St Stephens Day and New Years Day.
You get  an immediate 10% staff  discount and a ‘thank you’ bonus if you complete the contract.

 If there are any 2017 Argos Ireland Christmas vacancies you can search for them and apply online HERE

They usually start appearing around October . The UK jobs get advertised first – the Irish vacancies go on a few weeks later. It could be be mid October when the Irish jobs go online.

If you came here looking for  Argos online shopping in Ireland  –   you need to visit the Argos  Ireland Website . You can order larger items at Argos online for home delivery – but you have to collect most smaller items from your nearest Argos store . But – you can check stock and reserve items online to save you a wasted journey . Find loads of other great online shops that  deliver to Ireland at

There are more than 30 Argos stores in Ireland  – most of them will probably have Christmas jobs available for 2017  – these are the  Argos  store locations in Ireland

Arklow Bridgewater Shopping Centre
Athlone Golden Island Shopping Centre
Ashbourne Retail Park
Carlow Fairgreen Retail Park
Castlebar Hopkins Road
Cork Blackpool Retail Park
Drogheda Retail Park, Donore Road
Dublin Jervis Street – Dublin
Dublin Liffey Valley Retail Park, Liffey Valley
Dublin Santry  Omni Park
Dublin Blanchardstown Retail Park
Dublin St. Stephens Green Shop. Centre,
Dublin – The Square Tallaght
Ilac Centre – Dublin
Nutgrove Centre Rathfarnham
Dublin Swords The Pavilions Shopping Centre
Dun Laoghaire Bloomfield Shopping Centre
Dundrum Town Centre
Galway Headford Road
Kilkenny 36 High Street
Killarney Deerpark Road
Limerick The Crescent
Limerick Cruises Street
Letterkenny Retail Park
Longford Red Cow Roundabout
Navan Shopping Centre
Sligo Cleveragh Retail Park
Tralee The Horan Centre
Tullamore Retail Park
Waterford Great Georges Street


Working at Penneys at Christmas

Penneys is one of the big chains that take on a lot of staff to cope with the Christmas shopping period from late October to December or early January.

Penneys Christmas staff  will need to be available to work any day of the week and will be expected to work 5 days out of 7. You must also be willing to work every evening Monday to Saturday

The Christmas staff usually cover the busy periods – so the shifts might only be 4 hours per day. The most common shifts are between 4pm to 11pm and work will usually involve stocking and keeping things tidy (which can be a big job in a Penneys store).
Christmas staff duties will include keeping your section tidy (folding and sorting clothes ) and helping customers. You might also operate the tills when needed.
Pay will be close to the minimum wage.

There are usually Christmas vacancies in Dublin, Cork. Galway , and other major towns.

You can find all Penneys Irish jobs  here

All job applications are made online – When you have completed an application you will receive an email  within 48 hours to confirm that Penneys have received your application . The store or area that you have applied to is able to see your details and the role that you have applied for on their  system. If you’re unsuccessful you’ll receive an email to tell you as soon as possible. If you have applied to a store and have not received a response within 28 days, you should contact the store directly to follow up your application.


Wage Levels in Ireland

Wage levels in Ireland have remained fairly constant relative to pre-recession trends with little or no growth, until recently, in  hourly wage rates .

Figures show that in the decade up to 2008 there was average wage growth  of 5.7 per cent per annum . Since 2008  wages have been broadly flat.

In sectors where there are higher vacancy levels – we have seen some increases in wage levels . For example ,  some sectors such as finance, professional activities and IT have  relatively high vacancy rates and higher wage growth.

More Jobs

In the recession between 2007 and 2012 –  over 300,000 jobs wer lost . But –  by the second quarter of 2017 the numbers in employment were back to just 80,000 below the pre-recession peak.  Since 2013 there has been a big increase in the numbers employed.
The unemployment rate in 2016 was 7.9% – it is forecast to drop to 5.6% in 2018

3% Pay Increases Forecast

A recent report by the Central Bank of Ireland  said the short term outlook for unemployment suggests a further moderate pick-up in wage inflation over the next year or so . They suggested an hourly wage growth of around 3 % is envisaged for 2018.

Minimum Wage

The minimum wage is due to increase in January 2018

It will increase from €9.25 to €9.55 per hour.  This corresponds to an increase of 3.2%
More details of Minimum Wage in 2018 here