Almost all occupations in the construction sector are now eligible for a General Employment Permit; HGV drivers recruited from outside the EEA will be eligible for an employment permit without the limitation of a quota; 350 General Employment Permits will be made available for hospitality managers; a number of additional permit quotas will be introduced in the agri-food and agricultural sectors; and Social Workers will now be eligible for a Critical Skills Employment Permit (they were made eligible for a General Employment Permit in June).
This announcement comes after a review by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment.
In Ireland’s employment permits system, occupations fall into three categories; Critical Skills Occupations List (highly skilled professional roles not always available in the resident labour force), ineligible occupations (those with evidence that there are enough Irish/EEA workers to fill vacancies) and all other jobs in the labour market, where an employer cannot find a worker, which are eligible for a General Employment Permit (GEP).
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For a discussion of the employment permits system see: EMN Ireland Report: Determining Labour and Skills Shortages and the Need for Labour Migration in Ireland (2015)