Amendments to the Employment Permits Regulations
25 November 2019
Employers should be aware of two key changes to the Employment Permit Regulations from 1st January 2020.
1. Changes to the remuneration threshold for a Critical Skills Employment Permit
- The minimum renumeration threshold to submit an employment permit application for occupations on the Critical Skills List (third level degree required) will increase from €30,000 to €32,000 per annum.
- The minimum renumeration threshold to submit an employment permit application for occupations on the (not on the Critical Skills List) will increase from €60,000 to €64,000 per annum.
- Employment permit applications for Critical Skills Employment Permits submitted on or after 1st January 2020 will be required to adhere to these the minimum remuneration thresholds.
2. Changes to the Labour Market Needs Test
- The requirement to undertake a Labour Market Needs Test, where necessary in the context of General or Contract for Services Employment Permits, within Ireland and across the EEA will increase from two weeks duration to four weeks duration.
- Employment permit applications subject to the Labour Market Needs Test submitted on or after 1st January 2020 must advertise the vacancy on the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection/Employment Services/EURES website (jobsireland.ie) for a period of 28 days (4 weeks) prior to submission.
For more information on the above please contact David Cantrell, Partner and Head of the Immigration Group or another member of the Immigration team at Eugene F Collins.