Employment permits system update
This week has seen changes to the employment permits system for workers from outside the European Economic Area (EEA). A non-EEA national requires an employment permit to take up employment in Ireland. To manage this, Ireland operates an employment permit system through occupation lists, namely the critical skills and ineligible occupation lists, which are reviewed twice a year.
Evidence within the healthcare sector suggest increasing competition for skilled candidates in several healthcare roles and that despite increased efforts to recruit from the Irish and European labour markets, including through engagement with the Department of Social Protection, supply has not sufficiently met demand. As a result of this, healthcare Assistants will be eligible for Employment Permits on the condition that they should have attained a relevant QQI Level 5 qualification after two years employment. This will include a minimum annual remuneration threshold of €27,000 for this occupation.
Due to significant shortages over a range of health care, Dieticians will now qualify for a Critical Skills Employment Permit, while occupations, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, and Speech and Language Therapists will now qualify for a Critical Skills Employment Permit. These inclusions will address recruitment difficulties, which have been exacerbated by Covid-19 as well as the significant planned expansion in HSE recruitment.
For further information see: Critical Skills Permit or General Employment Permit. If you have any specific concerns or questions, please contact Emma on 01 605 1668 or at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the advice section on our website www.sfa.ie/advice