Work in Europe

Jobseekers from the European Economic Area (EEA) member states have the right to live, work and study in any other member state without restriction.

Find a job in Europe

The European job mobility portal website has information on the labour market, living and working conditions and free movement in the country you select.

While Switzerland is not in the EEA, Swiss nationals have the same rights as EEA nationals.

European Employment Services (EURES)

If you are looking for work in Europe, European Employment Services (EURES) advisers may be able to help. A team of experienced EURES NI advisers can discuss your needs and tailor a level of service to meet your requirements.

EURES advisers can offer:

  • information on selected European cross-border and International vacancies
  • advice and guidance to help you look for a job in another country
  • advice on the possibilities that exist for finding work in another country
  • advice on living and working conditions in all member states of the EEA
  • comparison information on your specific qualifications
  • information on Your First Eures Job (YFEJ) with possible help with relocation costs to live and work in another European country, if you're aged between 18-35 (criteria applies)

Contact details for EURES Northern Ireland are available below, or you can also contact the EURES Liaison Officer in your local Jobs & Benefits office.

Find a job in the Republic of Ireland

If you're looking for work in the Republic of Ireland (RoI), the EURES Cross-Border Partnership can offer you advice and guidance to help you overcome some of the obstacles to cross-border working and recruitment.

It give information on matters such as job vacancies, training opportunities, social security entitlement, taxation, comparability of qualifications and employment rights.

EURES Cross-Border Partnership covers Northern Ireland and the six border counties: Louth, Cavan, Monaghan, Sligo, Donegal and Leitrim.

For more information, visit the Eures cross-border website or contact the European Employment Services.

Importing and exporting your unemployment benefit

You can export your contribution based Jobseekers Allowance (JSA), for a maximum of three months, while you look for work in another EEA member state.

Likewise, if you are an EU/ EEA national you can import your unemployment benefit or equivalent providing you satisfy certain conditions in your home country.

If you are entitled to import benefit, your home country will issue to you form PD U2 or E303 confirming entitlement.

For advice and information on importing/ exporting your unemployment benefits, contact your local Jobs and Benefits office.

Dual registration

If you are an EU/EEA national claiming contribution-based Job Seekers Allowance in the UK and you have come from an EEA member state where you were previously working, you can also register for job-seeking activities in that member state to progress your search for work.

Likewise if you have been working in the UK and you go to an EEA member state to register and look for work, you can also register for job-seeking activities in the UK.

For advice and information on importing/exporting your unemployment benefit and dual registration contact your local Jobs and Benefits office.

Living and working in Northern Ireland

Information for migrant workers and EEA nationals from outside the UK is available at the link below.

More useful links

 

Share this page

What do you want to do?
What is your question about?
Do you want a reply?
Your email address
To reply to you, we need your email address
Your feedback

We will not reply to your feedback.  Don't include any personal or financial information, for example National Insurance, credit card numbers, or phone numbers.

This feedback form is for issues with the nidirect website only.

You can use it to report a problem or suggest an improvement to a webpage.

If you have a question about a government service or policy, you should contact the relevant government organisation directly as we don’t have access to information about you held by government departments.

You must be aged 13 years or older - if you’re younger, ask someone with parental responsibility to send the feedback for you.

The nidirect privacy notice applies to any information you send on this feedback form.

Don't include any personal or financial information, for example National Insurance, credit card numbers, or phone numbers.

Plain text only, 750 characters maximum.
Plain text only, 750 characters maximum.

What to do next

Comments or queries about angling can be emailed to anglingcorrespondence@daera-ni.gov.uk 

What to do next

If you have a comment or query about benefits, you will need to contact the government department or agency which handles that benefit.  Contacts for common benefits are listed below.

Carer's Allowance

Call 0800 587 0912
Email 
dcs.incomingpostteamdhc2@nissa.gsi.gov.uk

Discretionary support / Short-term benefit advance

Call 0800 587 2750 
Email 
customerservice.unit@communities-ni.gov.uk

Disability Living Allowance

Call 0800 587 0912 
Email dcs.incomingpostteamdhc2@nissa.gsi.gov.uk

Employment and Support Allowance

Call 0800 587 1377

Jobseeker’s Allowance

Contact your local Jobs & Benefits office

Personal Independence Payment

Call 0800 587 0932

If your query is about another benefit, select ‘Other’ from the drop-down menu above.

What to do next

Comments or queries about the Blue Badge scheme can be emailed to bluebadges@infrastructure-ni.gov.uk or you can also call 0300 200 7818.

What to do next

For queries or advice about careers, contact the Careers Service.

What to do next

For queries or advice about Child Maintenance, contact the Child Maintenance Service.

What to do next

For queries or advice about claiming compensation due to a road problem, contact DFI Roads claim unit.

What to do next

For queries or advice about criminal record checks, email ani@accessni.gov.uk

What to do next

Application and payment queries can be emailed to ema_ni@slc.co.uk

What to do next

For queries or advice about employment rights, contact the Labour Relations Agency.

What to do next

For queries or advice about birth, death, marriage and civil partnership certificates and research, contact the General Register Office Northern Ireland (GRONI) by email gro_nisra@finance-ni.gov.uk

What to do next

For queries about:

If your query is about another topic, select ‘Other’ from the drop-down menu above.

What to do next

For queries or advice about passports, contact HM Passport Office.

What to do next

For queries or advice about Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs), including parking tickets and bus lane PCNs, email dcu@infrastructure-ni.gov.uk

What to do next

For queries or advice about pensions, contact the Northern Ireland Pension Centre.

What to do next

If you wish to report a problem with a road or street you can do so online in this section.

If you wish to check on a problem or fault you have already reported, contact DfI Roads.

What to do next

For queries or advice about historical, social or cultural records relating to Northern Ireland, use the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) enquiry service.

What to do next

For queries or advice about rates, email LPSCustomerTeam@lpsni.gov.uk

What to do next

For queries or advice about  60+ and Senior Citizen SmartPasses (which can be used to get concessionary travel on public transport), contact Smartpass - Translink.