Ireland Benefits & Details

Benefits vary by country in accordance with each country’s employment laws. This page serves as an overview of benefits for Ireland. The Employer of Record for Ireland, Remote, can provide additional details on the benefits that they administer (denoted below with *).

In addition to location-specific benefits, Shared Benefits are available to all team members.


  • New Year’s Day
  • St. Brigid’s Day
  • St. Patrick’s Day
  • Easter Monday
  • Early May Bank Holiday
  • June Bank Holiday
  • August Bank Holiday
  • October Bank Holiday
  • Christmas Day
  • St. Stephen’s Day

All holidays are determined by the Employer of Record and may vary by year.

Annual leave/Vacation Time*

Team members accrue 20 days of annual leave per year. Your accrual increases to 25 days per year on your third anniversary at thoughtbot. Up to 5 days of unused annual leave can be carried over to the next accrual year.

Sick Time

thoughtbot ensures 10 days of fully paid sick time per calendar year.

Sick leaves lasting up to 3 consecutive days

Sick leaves lasting up to 3 consecutive days do not require a medical certificate.

Sick leaves lasting 4 or more consecutive days

For sick leaves lasting 4 or more consecutive days, you should apply for the Illness Benefit on MyWelfare, which requires a medical certificate. thoughtbot will top off any Illness Benefit amount to your full pay rate for up to 10 total sick days of any kind per year.

Parental Leave*

All thoughtbot team members are eligible for both paid and unpaid parental leave after the birth or adoption of a child. The paid and unpaid leave can be combined for up to 6 months of total time off. In some locations, team members are eligible for more time off. thoughtbot ensures 6 weeks 100% paid parental leave for all non-birthing parents and 12 weeks 100% paid parental leave for all birthing parents. In locations with their own system for paid leave, thoughtbot’s policy runs concurrently with the local system.

Birthing Parents

In Ireland birthing parents must take at least 2 weeks of pregnancy leave before the due date and at least 4 weeks parental leave after childbirth, with a maximum of 26 weeks in total with partial pay. thoughtbot will top off the pay to 100% for the first 12 weeks. Birthing parents can also receive an additional 16 weeks of unpaid leave, which begins immediately after the end of paid leave.

Bereavement Leave

Team members may take up to 5 paid days off anytime someone close passes away. This includes pregnancy loss. We understand the deep impact that death can have on an individual or a family. If you need more than 5 days off, you can also use your accrued paid time off or unpaid time off.

Medical Insurance*

Medical Insurance is available through Irish Life.

Payroll Cycle*

All payments are processed through Remote. All bonuses, stipends, and expense reimbursements are added to the monthly payment, which is made on or before the last working day of each month, payable in arrears. The cut off date for submitting and approving expenses is the 10th of the month.

Notice Period*

The details of your notice period can be found in your Remote contract. The minimum required notice period for Ireland depends on the length of employment.

  • 13 weeks to 2 years: 1 week
  • 2 to 5 years: 2 weeks
  • 5-10 years: 4 weeks
  • 10-15 years: 6 weeks
  • 15+ years: 8 weeks