Irish work permit system amongst best in EU

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A recent study by Ireland's Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) says that Ireland is ahead of most European Member States in 'linking labour market intelligence to migration policy.' The new study by ESRI found that the Irish work permit system performs well in adapting to skills shortages and skills surpluses.

The ESRI attributes the excellent performance of the Irish work permit system to the systems in place to allow entry of immigrants with the necessary skills for the Irish economy in proven skills shortage areas.
The study found that although other European Member States are attempting to establish links between economic migration policies and skills shortages, Ireland leads the way for trying to connect every type of work permit to areas with high labour market shortages.

User-friendly application process

An excerpt from the study states: "Positive legislative and policy developments and a more user-friendly application process have made it easier to attract highly-skilled workers." Author of the report, Emma Quinn, said: "Ireland has taken an innovative, incremental approach to identifying skills and labour shortages."
"The study highlights that the Irish work permit system is now well linked to information concerning skills and labour shortages. The response of the work permit system to labour market intelligence is becoming more important as the economy continues to improve and labour market shortages become more widespread," she added.

Changes to Irish Work Visa regulations

Changes to immigration visa regulations, introduced in September 2015 under the Employment Permits (Amendment) Act, have simplified the process for overseas workers to secure an Irish work permit. The amended regulations allow for the expansion of occupations eligible for employment permits in Ireland to include IT and telecommunications engineers among others. Equally, other occupations became in eligible for an Irish work permit.
An element of Ireland's extensive economic policy focuses on attracting and supporting high-value added investment, specifically across constricted occupations and industry sectors like ICT and pharmaceuticals. Ms Quinn said: "This can lead to skills demands that are difficult for the domestic labour force to meet."
She added: "Although up-skilling the domestic population remains the priority, non-EU migration can allow for a swift response to emerging skill shortages and provide a continuous supply of skilled workers in areas where the number of graduates remains low."

Interest in Irish immigration increasing is receiving increasing interest in Ireland as an immigration option. If you have a contract or employment in Ireland, this may be worth considering. For many it is difficult to gain entry or leave to remain in the UK.
In the UK fewer people now qualify for indefinite leave to remain. The UK Government is likely to take even more steps in future to restrict Tier 2 visas. The Tier 2 work visa is one of the few options left for work-based entry to the UK.
If you are a highly skilled worker with good qualifications and experience then we may be able to come up with an immigration route for Ireland.

The following occupations are currently not being given work permit consideration for Ireland:
  1. All Clerical and Administrative Positions
  2. All General Labourers and Operatives
  3. All Operator and Production Staff
  4. In the category 'Sales Staff'
    • All retail sales vacancies
    • sales representatives
    • Supervisory/ Specialist Sales
  5. In the category 'Transport Staff':
    • All drivers (excluding HGV)
  6. In the category Childcare Workers:
    • Nursery/ Crèche Workers
    • Child Minder/ Nanny
  7. In the category 'Hotel Tourism and Catering':
    • All staff except chefs
  8. In the category 'Craft Workers and Apprentice\Trainee Craft Workers':
    • Bookbinder
    • Bricklayer
    • Cabinet Maker
    • Carpenter / Joiner
    • Carton Maker
    • Fitter - Construction Plant
    • Electrician
    • Instrumentation Craftsperson
    • Fitter
    • Tiler - Floor / Wall
    • Mechanic - Heavy Vehicles
    • Instrumentation Craftsperson
    • Metal Fabricator
    • Mechanic - Motor
    • Originator
    • Painter And Decorator
    • Plumber
    • Printer
    • Engineer - Refrigeration
    • Sheet Metal Worker
    • Tool Maker
    • Vehicle Body Repairer
    • Machinist - Wood
    • Plasterers and Welders

Green Card Permit Eligible Occupations

Those requesting an Irish Green Card Permit who are going to be making more than EURO 59,999 a year can come under any occupation other than those contrary to the public interest. For those making between EURO 30,000 and EURO 59,999 a year, the following occupations are eligible:

(Annual salary between EUR 30,000 – EUR 59,999)

Economic Sector OccupationJob Titles
Information  TechnologyICT ProfessionalComputer Systems Managers, Computer Analysts, Computer Programmers, Computer Testers
HealthcareHealth ProfessionalsRegistered Nurses, Registered Midwives, Medical Practitioners, Specialist Nurses, Pharmacists/Pharmacologists, Dental Practitioners
HealthcareHealth Associate ProfessionalsSocial Workers, Occupational Therapists, Orthoptists, Medical Physicists, Dieticians, Psychologists, Speech and Language Therapists, Medical Scientists, Physiotherapists, ECG technicians, Cardiac Catheterisation Technicians, Neurophysiological Measurement Technicians, Vascular Technicians, Respiratory Technicians, GI Function Technicians, Audiologists, Biochemists, Medical Radiographers
IndustryProfessional Engineers and TechnologistsCivil, Mining, Electrical, Software, Chemical, Design and Development, Planning and Quality Control, Network, Validation, Product Development, Process and Equality
IndustryConstruction ProfessionalsBuilding Managers, Architects, Quantity and other Surveyors
Education/ Healthcare/ IndustryResearchers and Natural ScientistsResearchers, Chemists, Physicists, Natural Scientists, Biological Scientists, Material Scientists
FinancialBusiness and Financial Professionals and Associate ProfessionalsChartered and Certified Accountants, Management Consultants, Business Analysts, Actuaries, Economists, Statisticians, Underwriters, Claims Assessors and Analysts, Risk Professionals, Security Specialists, Fund and Investment Management Specialists, Common Law Jurisdiction Lawyers with experience in the financial services sector, Investment Funds Professionals, Fund Accountants, Fund Valuations Professionals, Fund Administrators, Custody Specialists, Transfer Agents, Hedge Fund Specialists, Compliance Specialists, Risk Specialists, Tax Experts, Legal Experts
Industry/ ServicesSpecialist ManagersMarketing and other specialist managers

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