The Government has announced the allocation of hundreds of extra work permits to address skills shortages across a range of industries. The news comes as part of a biannual evidence-based review of the Employment Permit System, which outlines the number of additional work permits required to resolve skills shortages within Ireland, which have not been filled from within the European Economic Area.
A provision of 300 extra work placements has been made in the area of custom duties and controls, as a means of preparing for new challenges after Brexit. These will include freight forwarders, cargo and freight agents, and brokerage clerks, as demand for workers in these roles could rise dramatically if the United Kingdom completes its exit from the European Union.
In addition to Brexit concerns, the permits are set to entice workers across a number of sectors more generally. The sports and construction sectors are both dealing with labour shortages and the hope is that the permits will attract skilled workers to serve the needs of these industries.
Critical Skills Employment Permits have been released for construction professionals such as civil engineers, quantity surveyors and construction project managers. In the sports sector, these permits are intended to attract high-performance directors and coaches for the country’s top sports organisations.
There are also General Employment Permits on offer for many more construction posts, including crane drivers, welders, pipefitters, scaffolders, glaziers. As many as 250 of these permits will be allocated to bricklayers and plasterers alone.
Heather Humphreys, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, will speak later today about the Employment Permit System review. There is likely to be much interest in the government’s preparations for skills needs in the country, particularly in the event of the United Kingdom’s official withdrawal from the European Union.