Irish Work Permit System
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Department of Enterprise, Trade & Employment and FÃS clarify operational arrangements of work permit procedures
The Department of Enterprise, Trade & Employment (DETE), together with FÃS, have today (Monday 7 April 2003) announced operational arrangements to give effect to the changes in work permit procedures announced by the TÃ¡naiste on the 31st January last. These operational arrangements will come into effect on Wednesday 9 April 2003.
Under the arrangements, the Department of Enterprise, Trade & Employment, following consultation with FÃS will announce, on a quarterly basis, occupational sectors which will be considered ineligible for Work Permits.
Profile of Vacancies
These occupational categories were arrived at following an intensive analysis of the skills profile of jobseekers registered with FÃS. The analysis included a comparison of the profile of job seekers with a profile of vacancies being registered by employers with FÃS in circumstances where the employer had indicated an intention to apply for a work permit if FÃS could not refer successful candidates.
The Department and FÃS satisfy themselves that there are sufficient personnel available to fill vacancies arising in those occupational categories now listed as ineligible for work permits during the first quarter.
While employers can seek the personnel in question through FÃS, they are also free to seek the required personnel through other agencies or other normal channels. Where employers require specific skills, they should also consider the option of training Irish or other personnel from the European Economic Area (EEA).
Registering Job Vacancies
All occupational sectors other than those listed as ineligible will continue to be considered for work permits provided that job vacancies arising in those sectors are first registered with Fh3S recruitment services for a period of 4 weeks (Ph: 1850 66 77 66). FÃS will notify both its local offices nationally as well as other EEA Public Employment Services of those vacancies. This will assist employers in attempting to source local or EEA labour to fill the position in advance of any potential Work Permit application.
Where specific skills are determined by FÃS and the Department to be in short supply, the existing requirement for the employer to advertise the position locally with FÃS over an initial four-week period may be dispensed with. In such cases FÃS will give the employer notification that they may proceed directly with a work permit application to the Department.
Every Effort to Source EU Nationals
All Work Permit applications for eligible occupations received by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment will be assessed to ensure that every effort has been made to source EEA nationals. Furthermore, in considering applications in future, the Department will give preference to applications in respect of nationals from the European Union Accession States. This is in accordance with the provisions of the Treaties of Accession.
Applications for work permits currently on hands in the Department of Enterprise, Trade & Employment will be considered in accordance with existing arrangements.
Offers Recruitment Services
FÃS will continue to offer employers recruitment services in their effort to source Irish and EEA labour. FÃS International Employment Services have scheduled a large number of employer recruitment events for various occupational sectors in Europe during 2003. Employers wishing to obtain further information on these events should contact FÃS at 01 6070500.
Further Information on current Work Permit Procedures can be obtained from the DETE Work Permit Helpline at 1890 201616. Employers wishing to register vacancies with FÃS recruitment services should call 1850 66 77 66.
Now why couldn‘t our Government think of something like that?
The Irish Work Permit system appears much superior to our own.