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Ireland Issues 18,000+ Employment Permits in First 7 Months of 2023: Insights & Trends


Authorities in Ireland granted a total of 18,367 employment permits in the first seven months of this year, according to the figures provided by the country’s government.

In addition, the figures from the same source revealed that out of this total, 967 permits were refused and 403 were withdrawn.

Irish government’s statistics disclosed that citizens from the following countries benefited the most from the employment permits granted by authorities in Dublin.

  • India- 6,868
  • Philippines- 1,535
  • Brazil- 1,608
  • Pakistan- 934

As for the number of permits by county, a total of 18,367 were issued, while 967 were refused and 403 were withdrawn. The largest number of permits by county was issued to:

  • Dublin- 8,770
  • Cork- 1,534
  • Kildare-1,138

The government of Ireland revealed that the total number of permits issued by the sector for a period from January until July this year is 18,367, while the permits were distributed across different activities as follows:

  • Health and Social Work Activities- 6,192
  • Information and Communication Activities- 2,769
  • Accommodation and food Services Activity- 1,503
  • Financial and Insurance Activities- 1,336
  • Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing- 1,101

In order to further help the country’s economy, authorities in Ireland are continuously attempting to attract a larger number of foreign workers and thus fill in labour shortage gaps.

In addition, previously, the government of Ireland announced that it made some changes to the terms and conditions of the Atypical Working Scheme, which is a short-term contract dedicated to all non-EEA countries’ nationals who plan to travel to Ireland for work purposes.

Besides, the program allows nationals from non-EEA countries, also taking into account locum doctors or people on short-term contracts to work legally in Ireland.

Based on the new changes introduced by the Department of Justice, from January 1 this year, the salary threshold for this program was amended from the National Minimum Wage in order to align with the salary requirement for General Employment Permit.

The decision means that all employers attempting to apply in order to assign workers through this program will have to ensure that the minimum salary surpasses €30,000

Authorities in Ireland also announced that, following the new changes that became effective last year, permission under the Atypical Working Scheme would be issued for 90 days, which means that the waiting time was also reduced.

In addition, it was clarified that the 90-day period issued under this scheme could also be used to travel into and out of Ireland for a maximum of 90 days over a six-month period.

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