Brexit: Irish Government makes plans to address skills shortages in critical sectors

3 April 2019

The Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation has today announced a number of changes to the Highly Skilled Eligible Occupations (“HSEO”) List and the Ineligible Occupations list. The Minister advised that the changes announced were partly to address potential shortages in the construction sector as a result of the recent economic downturn and to address an anticipated increase in demand for transport and distribution clerks post Brexit.

The occupations added to the HSEO list are civil engineers, quantity surveyors, construction project managers, mechanical and electrical engineers with experience in building information modelling. Also added to the list are high performance directors and coaches for high-level sports organisations.

This means that non-EEA prospective employees whose occupations have been added to the HSEO list will be able to apply for Critical Skills Employment Permits.

As well as this, a number of occupations were removed from the Ineligible Occupations List. Sheet metal workers, pipefitters, welders, air conditioning and refrigeration engineers, glaziers, window fitters and fabricators, scaffolders, stagers and riggers, crane drivers and secondary school career guidance teachers have all been removed from the list. Non-EEA, prospective employees who fall under these categories will be able to apply for General Employment Permits.

It was also announced that a limited number of non-EEA, transport and distribution clerks and assistants, plasterers and bricklayers will be eligible to apply for General Employment Permits. A quota of 300 permits is to be imposed on transport and distribution clerks and assistants while a quota of 250 permits is to be imposed on plasterers and bricklayers.

The changes are to come into effect on 22 April 2019.

For further information contact David Cantrell, Immigration Partner or another member of the Immigration Team at Eugene F. Collins.

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