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26th Apr 2018

These are the five most popular summer jobs in Ireland for earning some extra cash

Denise Curtin

Job hunting?

Need to earn a little extra cash to fund that dream holiday or college fees? Well then fear not, as according to, this summer will bring plenty of opportunities for new, full-time and part-time work both here and overseas.

In Ireland, the summer months see a tourism boom meaning hotels, bars, and restaurants all require more staff to coincide with their increase in demand for rooms and bookings.

Be it your first summer job or your fifth, here are five popular seasonal roles to kick off your job hunting.

Tour guide 

Ireland’s a popular place for tourists. With the number of tourists coming in from overseas increasing every year and this year looks set to be equally record-breaking. Where there are tourists, there are tour guides and the demand for them is constant especially in Dublin, Cork and Galway.

Christopher Paye, General Manager at said:

“Ireland’s booming tourism market is reflected in the available vacancies on In 2017, the numbers looking to fill tour guide-related roles increased by 13 percent on 2016 and by 42 percent on 2013.”


Regardless of the fact Irish summers aren’t always sunny *sigh*, the need for lifeguards throughout the season is greater than ever – so if you are a qualified lifeguard, this could be the role for you.

The number of lifeguard jobs increased by 62 percent in the past year and that means more work at the beach, at the pool, and at local gyms and leisure centres. Sorted.

Language teacher

As an English-speaking country, Ireland is a major destination for visiting students. It’s also a fantastic source of teachers for schools and organisations in other countries.

Today there is opportunities to teach in countries like Japan, China and Saudi Arabia giving you both a cultural exchange and money in your pocket. To do this applicants typically need a TEFL diploma or other English-teaching qualification, though not always necessary, so make sure you do your research on each specific job in this category before applying.

At a summer camp

One of my various summer jobs a couple of years ago, so I can say with confidence, this is a great one to nab, especially if you consider yourself a big kid like I do. When the weather is nice there is nothing better to do than spending your time outside playing games and soaking up the sunshine, all while getting paid – it is a dream and the demand for enthusiastic summer camp leaders is always there.


The summer is peak time for the hospitality sector. With more demand for restaurants, bars, cafés, pubs and hotels, these businesses need friendly faces to greet and serve customers. According to, available jobs for hosts and hostesses is on the rise with an increase of 180 percent in 2017 compared to the previous year.

Like they say in Disney’s UP… adventure is out there and so is the perfect part-time job for you, trust us.