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Ireland Announces 150 New Work Permits for Sea Fishers

The Irish government has announced new quotas for sea fishers, offering 150 employment permits to this category of workers.

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The new changes make sea fishers eligible for a General Employment Permit, with a minimum annual salary requirement of €34,000. Now sea fishers can enjoy the same benefits as those other non-EEA nationals employed in Ireland, Schengen.News reports.

I am delighted to announce the expansion of the employment permits system to include the role of sea fisher. Opening this quota will help address labour shortages in this important sector. As we have reached full employment with over 2.7 million people at work here, there are some skills that are increasingly difficult for employers to access in Ireland and across the EEA, and sea fisher is a prime example. 

Emer Higgins, Minister of State for Business, Employment and Retail

The new quote of 150 permits for sea fishers was recommended by a cross-governmental group to upgrade the role of sea fishers to the Employment Permit System.

Irish Government Hopes to Address Labour Shortage With New Quota

The initiative to facilitate the recruitment of non-EEA workers to Ireland came as a result of government efforts to address labour shortages in the Irish fleet.

The Employment permit policy is one of the alternatives to how the Irish government intends to address skills deficits. In general, EEA nationals are required to fill these gaps but in cases when there is a shortage of those workers, the government will turn to non-EEA nationals.

In general, the occupations that are eligible for the employment permits system, fall into one of the following categories:

  1. Occupations included on the Critical Skills Occupations List, which require highly skilled professional roles that are in hot demand but are not always easy to find within the country. Some of those occupations include roles in technology, sciences, medicine, finance and business.
  2. Ineligible occupations are those that can be filled in by the Irish/EEA workers and employment permits are not granted for these occupations.
  3. For jobs in the labour market that cannot be found in Ireland or in the EEA countries, non-EEA workers can obtain an employment permit. The Labour Market Needs Test is required for these workers and if there are no suitable candidates for the job, the employer is able to apply for an employment permit.

Ireland Grants 20% More Work Permits in H1 2024

According to data from the Irish Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, the number of work permits granted in the first half of 2024 has increased by 20 per cent, reaching 19,303.

Healthcare and social work are the two most sought-after sectors, representing 35 per cent of the total while Indian nationals are the main beneficiaries.

A total of 6,746 work permits or 34 per cent of the total, were granted to Indian nationals, followed by Brazilians (2,320, 12 per cent) and Philippines (2,005, 10.3 per cent).

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