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Doctors in Ireland

Doctors in Ireland

Working in Ireland as a doctor is a rewarding career move for many doctors from other countries. The reputation of Irish medics throughout the world is exceptionally strong, with many doctors with Irish experience going on to the United States or Australia. Ireland has also proven to be a rewarding location for doctors seeking a place to settle. Currently most Irish hospitals are multi-cultural environments with a mix of doctors from across Europe and Asia. 2013 is a particularly good year for doctors who would like to work in Ireland as there will be a large intake in July 2013. In July 2011, the Health Service Executive (the Irish body that manages the 51 public hospitals) hired a large volume of doctors for 2 year contracts. These contracts are coming to an end, so there will be a natural increased demand for doctors to back fill these positions. 

Most doctors who come to Ireland take their first position in a non-training post and after they have gained 6 months experience of the Irish health system, they will begin the process of applying for training schemes in their area of interest to further their career and education.

There are certain skills sets which are in high demand and others that have minimal or no demand. doctors must have a minimum of 2 years experience (post internship), so 3 years including internship. Most positions will be for doctors at Registrar level (similar to resident level) and so these doctors would have 4+ years experience.

Areas of interest include:

  • Emergency medicine
  • Anaesthesia
  • Paediatrics
  • Orthopaedics
  • Obstetrics & Gynaecology
  • General Medicine

In order to be able to take up a position in Ireland in one of these disciplines, you will need full general registration with the Irish Medical Council. The cost of general registration is €375 to process and then once you are registered, the annual fee to maintain registration is €490. Specialist registration is for doctors who have completed their specialty training and is only necessary for Consultant or specialist positions. It is very rare that a Consultant is hired without experience of the Irish system, so we would recommend all doctors to get general registration in the first instance, the process is much quicker. Doctors can then apply for specialist registration at a later date. In hospital, Doctors can expect to earn a basic annual salary of between €40,000 and €60,000. There are additional payments for overtime and shift premiums but these vary by hospital. Salary is sufficient to enjoy a good standard of living in Ireland. 

One of the biggest difficulties facing doctors who wish to work in Ireland is relocating a spouse or partner. Whilst demand for doctors is high, Ireland is currently in economic recession and so finding suitable employment for non-medics can be difficult. If this is an essential component to your move to Ireland, you should speak with FRS Recruitment before you begin the registration process.

EU citizens do not require any permission to work in Ireland. Non-EU doctors do not need a work permit to work in a public hospital but they may need a visa to travel to Ireland if they are from a visa-required country. Non-Eu doctors will require a work permit/greencard for positions in private hospitals. FRS Recruitment can advise you of the necessary process based on your nationality. 

The other area of demand is in General Practice/Family Medicine. In this sector, there is demand for EU doctors only with a post-graduate qualification in general practice that is equivalent to Irish training. GPs should apply for specialist registration in the division of general practice with the Irish Medical Council. This will allow the Doctor to gain membership of the Irish College of General Practitioners which is essential for taking on public patients in general practice and progressing into a partnership in a practice. 

There are some great opportunities for Doctors in Ireland, salary is good, hospitals are of a high standard with some of the best trained Consultants in the world on hand to help you become a better Doctor. FRS Recruitment supply Doctors throughout Ireland to both hospitals and practices and we would be happy to answer any questions you have and help you through the process of finding the right job for you.










Emma Fenton

Senior Recruitment Specialist with an international medical recruitment agency FRS Recruitment. Ms Fenton has many years experience recruiting doctors and other medical personnel throughout Europe.