Updates to the Employment Permits System in January 2020

January 2, 2020 | Ireland

Effective January 1, 2020, changes to the employment permits system will mean changes to requirements  and quotas in certain industries with labor shortages. 

Specifically, in the food and beverage industry, any chef will be able to apply for an employment permit, and quotas on chefs will be lifted. Nurses will be eligible for a Critical Skills Employment Permit, which enables long-term residency in two years and provides family members with open work authorization. Most construction workers will be eligible for a Critical Skills Employment Permit, and some will be eligible for General Employment Permits. Finally, the quota for HGV drivers will increase by 200.

Separately, changes to the labor market needs test and salary requirements for employees holding a Critical Skills Employment Permit (CSEP) also take effect on January 1, 2020. The minimum salary for CSEP Tier Two will increase from €30,000 to €32,000 (for positions on the List of Highly Skilled Occupations). For all other positions, except those listed as “Ineligible Categories of Employment,” the minimum salary requirement will rise from €60,000 to €64,000. Finally, when a labor market needs test is required, an employer must advertise the job vacancy through the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection for at least 28 days, up from 14 days.

Note that applications submitted through December 31, 2019 will be subject to the 2019 minimum salary requirements.