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New changes to employment permit system are part of strategy to attract skilled workers

Date Published: 11-04-2013

Following a review of the employment permits system, and taking into consideration the current labour market skills shortages, the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation have up-dated employment permits policies to facilitate the migration of skilled workers, particularly in the ICT sector.

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD announced the following new reforms to the employment permits system:

  • An increase in the number of employment permits granted in the ICT sector by 50% (to approximately 2,000 in total over 2013)
  • A broadened highly-skilled eligible occupations list to correlate with known shortages of key skills in the labour market
  • A commitment to reduce the processing time for employment permit applications by 33%
  • A reduced remuneration threshold in respect of employment permits for a limited number of categories, to €27k p.a. from the current level of €30k p.a.
  • Immigration initiatives to be developed with the Department of Justice and Equality, to increase the potential pool of employment permit applicants, such as highly-skilled job interview immigration authorisations
  • Improved customer service, communications and appeals processes.

Changes to the employment permit system are being made as part of a series of reforms by the Government, aimed at making Ireland the internet capital of Europe.

For more information:

See Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation press release and updated employment permits page.

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