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Employment Rights

Employment Rights apply to ALL employees residing in this country – including full time, part time, International Student, Apprentice or EU Students. Given the current financial landscape students are under more pressure than ever to work as well as complete their studies. It’s important that every student understands their Employment Rights. We have covered a few of the headline issues below, but the National Employment Rights Association (NERA) has a website which covers Employment Rights in much greater detail.

For more information on your Employment Rights please visit the NERA website. This website provides information on all manner of employment topics, from the minimum wage to unfair dismissal.


National Minimum Wage

Since 1 January 2017, under SI 516/2016, the national minimum wage for an experienced adult employee is €9.25 per hour. However, there are certain exceptions, especially for those just leaving school or entering the employment scene for the first time. Please see the NERA website for more details.

Pay Slips

All employees are entitled to receive a pay slip with every payment of wages. This pay slip should show gross wage (wage before deductions) and the nature and amount of each deduction

Part-Time Work

A part-time employee is someone who works less hours than a comparable full time employee doing the same type of work. A part-time employee shall not be treated less favourably than a comparable full time employee in respect of any condition of employment.

Terms Of Employment

The Terms of Employment (Information) Act 1994 provides that an employer must issue their employees with a written statement of terms and conditions relating to their employment within two months of commencing employment.

Working Hours & Breaks

The maximum 48 hour week is based on an average calculated over a four, six, or twelve-month period depending on the industry. Your employer must keep a record of how many hours you work. You have the right to a 15-minute break if working four and a half hours of work and a 30-minute break if working six hours of work.

Equality Rights

The Employment Equality Acts 1998 – 2011 aim to protect workers against certain types of discrimination, harassment and sexual harassment that could occur in the course of their working life. The Employment Equality Acts promote equality in the workplace and ban discrimination across nine different grounds (categories).

Infringement of Employment Rights

In the event that you believe you are not receiving one or more of your employment rights, as a first step you should always bring the issue to the attention of your employer. They may not be aware that they are required to provide you with a particular entitlement. By bringing the matter to their attention you may find that the issue can be resolved. If that yields no results there are other methods beyond this which you can take- please see the NERA website for more details.

Job Application Tips

You have a lot to say and such little space on a CV. Your potential employer has limited time, bare that in mind.

You need to give a clear snapshot of your skills, education and experience. Be sensible what you include, what impression are you giving your perspective employer? Do they really need to know about your childhood hobbies?

Get someone external to critique before your share it. Cross check your timelines, being honest with your dates of course! And triple check your spelling, grammar and syntax.

Be in your professional shoes from the get go. Now go forth and get that job!

We have gathered some useful links to services to offer you information and advice on making your job application the best that it can be. Do you need further advice or support with this? Then connect with your Students’ Union helpdesk@ditsu.ie

General Careers Advice

DIT Careers: Some sound advice from within DIT about your career choices. Resources available on writing Cover Letters, Application Forms and Interview Techniques.

Cover Letter Tips:
  • About.com: Top 10 tips.
  • Monster: Some general Cover Letter advice.
  • Spun Out: How to craft a Cover Letter that stands out.
  • Recruit Ireland: Advice on what a Cover Letter should look like.
CV Tips:
  • Monster: Top 5 CV tips.
  • Priority Placements: Do’s and Don’ts when it comes to writing your CV.
  • MyJob.ie: Handy Top Tips and Do’s and Don’ts.
  • Recruit Ireland: Lots of articles on helping you craft the perfect CV.
Interview Preparation
  • Monster: Top 5 interview tips.
  • MyJob.ie: Common Questions and interview Do’s and Don’ts.
  • Recruit Ireland: Lots of articles on helping you prepare for that interview.
  • Spun Out: Great advice on preparing well for your interview.
Networking & Social Media Tips

More and more companies are using social media as a way of recruiting new staff. Social media, including sites like Twitter, Linked In and Facebook, can help you find a job and connect with people who can assist you with growing your career. So get connected and make it work for you. Here are some top tips for Job hunting through Social Media.


LinkedIn really is the main tool when it comes to career networking online. It revolves around people so if you don’t keep your own stuff up to date you won’t have a lot of credibility being up there. It requires work and consistency so regular and appropriate update is required.

External Resource: 7 great reasons for college students to get a LinkedIn

External Resource: Get your LinkedIn working for you.

External Resource: A comprehensive guide to LinkedIn

But remember- employers are more than ever spot checking people’s Social media activity so think before you post. Ask yourself if a comment or mail is business-appropriate and remember nothing online is truly private; a quick copy and paste or “Print Screen” could leave you in a lot of hot water!