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FAQs for Graduates

What is the process for getting a placement on the programme?

The process is as follows:

1. Candidates create an online application and apply to the programme(s) that they are interested in (our programmes open up at different times of the year. Dates will be confirmed on the website).
2. Candidates can view the placements available under each programme and apply to them.
3. Each application is screened by the team.
4. Successful candidates are called for a 1st round interview with the Ibec team.
5. The applications of successful candidates from the 1st round interviews are sent to the respective sponsor companies for review.
6. The sponsor company decides who they want to interview for their placement.
7. The candidate is called for interview with the company (these interviews also take place in Ibec and some companies will have 2nd round interviews).
8. An offer of placement is made to successful candidates.

What is the minimum criteria?

The minimum criteria is:

1. A minimum of 2.2 result in a Level 8 (Hons) undergraduate degree

2. A valid work permit for Ireland

*Note - if you are applying for an 18 month placement based in the US with one of our sponsor companies you must have the following criteria to be eligible for the required visa;
• A related post secondary degree from a foreign (non-US) institution AND
• A minimum of one year related practical experience outside the US

3. Availability to start a placement on the given start date

Can I apply with my cv?

No, we have developed a comprehensive on-line application form in order to capture the information that is required to shortlist applicants.

Your online application is the only application screened by the team. We do not screen CVs.

Please fill out your application fully and those that are not completed will be rejected at screening stage.

I have a technical issue with my application?

If you are unable to submit your application please review the following:

1. Complete all mandatory fields - please review your application carefully

2. Candidates must apply to the Ibec Talent Pool first and only after that they can apply to the specific programmes.

3. Please do not complete your profile on a mobile device. This is not fully supported yet by the system and is being worked on. All candidates should complete applications on a desktop if possible.

4. Candidates need to select if they are eligible to work in Ireland. Many people miss this question and your application will not be submitted if this question is not answered.

5. Please ensure that you have entered the result of your undergraduate degree in your application. If your qualification is from outside Ireland please ensure that it is comparable to a minimum of a 2.2 result on the Irish education system.

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If you have checked all of the above suggestions and you need further help, please contact the Hire Lab Technical Support team at: https://wizzki.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/requests/new - you can submit your query and the team will contact you within 24 hours.

Please do not use the Contact Us form on this website for technical queries.

I graduated from college a few years ago - can I still apply?

Yes! You do not need to have graduated this year to apply to the programme. We accept applications from anyone that meets the minimum criteria.

Is it necessary for me to possess a full drivers licence?

No. However all candidates are encouraged to obtain their full licence. A high proportion of our placements require a full clean licence - please ensure you read a placement spec fully before applying to it. All Brand Ambassador placements require a full licence.

I already have a Masters do I need to complete the educational qualification?

Yes. The educational qualification is an integral part of all of our placements. All selected candidates on the programme must complete it and there are no exceptions.

I saw the placements advertised on Jobbio or another online website- can I apply directly through them?

No. The programme uses various platforms and websites just to advertise the placements for the programme throughout the year. The only applications that are accepted and screened are those created directly through our website and the recruitment platform 'The Hirelab'.

FAQs for Placed Candidates

Is the bursary received tax-free?

No. The bursary payments received from participation on the global graduates programme are taxable payments.

As a participant on the programme, you must declare to the Revenue Commissioners the income you receive during your placement and settle any income taxes that arise with Revenue directly.

Declaration and payment to Revenue of the income you receive during your placement is done through filing a Form 11 Tax Return with Revenue.

A Form 11 must be filed with Revenue on or before 31 October in the year following the end of the tax year in question (i.e. by 31 October 2019 for the 2018 tax year).

Example 1

A student joins the Global Graduate programme in January 2018 and finishes in June 2019 (18 month placement). The student receives a bursary payment of €1,760 per month.

Calculation for Income Tax Purposes

Income to be declared to Revenue via 2018 Form 11 = €21,120 (€1,760*12 Months)

Income Tax Payable

€21,120 @ 20% €4,224.00
Less Single Person Tax Credit -€1,650.00
Net Income Tax Due €2,574.00

Universal Social Charge (USC) Payable

€12,012 @ 0.5% €60.06
€7,360 @ 2.0% €147.20
€1,748 @ 4.75% €83.03
Total USC Payable €290.29

Pay Related Social Insurance (PRSI) Payable

€21,120 @ 4% €844.80

Total Income Tax, USC and PRSI Liability due to be paid to Revenue by 31 October 2019 €3,709.09

During 2019 the student will earn €10,560 (€1,760 * 6 months) under the Global Graduate Programme which must be declared to Revenue in the same way as the 2018 income. The 2019 Form 11
must be filed with Revenue by 31 October 2020.

Example 2

A student joins the Global Graduate programme in August 2018 and finishes in July 2019. The student receives a bursary payment of €1,760 per month.

Income to be declared to Revenue via 2018 Form 11 = €8,800 (€1,760 * 5 months)

Income Tax Payable

€8,800 @ 20% €1,760.00
Less Single Person Tax Credit -€1,650.00
Net Income Tax Due €110.00

PRSI Payable

€8,800 @ 4% €352.00

USC Payable* €0.00

Total Income Tax, USC and PRSI Liability due to be paid to Revenue by 31 October 2019 €462.00

* Exemption from USC applies in 2018 as total income in above example is less than €13,000.
Where total income received in 2018 is in excess of €13,000, USC becomes payable
on all income.


During 2019 the candidate will earn €12,320 (€1,760 * 7 months) under the Global Graduate Programme which must be declared to Revenue in the same way as the 2018 income. The 2019 Form 11 must be filed with Revenue by 31 October 2020.

If I have no P45 how can I ensure that I don't pay 'Emergency Tax' for my next placement?

Individual circumstances can differ however, in general, you should complete an application form for a certificate of tax credits (Form 12A) and submit it to the Revenue Commissioners to obtain a tax credit certificate and avoid paying emergency tax in your next job. We advise all candidates to familiarise themselves with the Revenue website: www.revenue.ie as many of the forms you will need to fill in are available to download from that site.