Written answers

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation

Work Permits Eligibility

Photo of Peter BurkePeter Burke (Longford-Westmeath, Fine Gael)
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273. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if jockeys will be included in the occupation lists for employment permits due to the chronic shortage in the industry; the specific and unique skillsets necessary for the job; the necessary experience and frame for the role; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [9214/19]

Photo of Heather HumphreysHeather Humphreys (Cavan-Monaghan, Fine Gael)
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Where specific skills prove difficult to source within the State and wider EEA, an employment permit may be sought by an employer to hire a non-EEA national subject to the Employment Permits Acts and Regulations. The employment permits system is managed in part through the operation of the Highly Skilled Eligible Occupations List (HSEOL) and Ineligible Categories of Employment List (ICEL) for the purposes of granting an employment permit.

Changes to access to the Irish labour market for specific occupations via the employment permits system are made on the basis of research undertaken by the Expert Group of Future Skills Needs, the Skills and Labour Market Research Unit (Solas) and co-ordinated by the National Skills Council, the annual National Skills Bulletin and the annual Vacancy Overview Report in tandem with a public consultation process.

Jockeys are currently included on the Ineligible Categories of Employment List (ICEL). In order to remove a skill from this list, there would need to be a clear demonstration that recruitment difficulties are solely due to shortages across the EEA and not to other factors such as salary and-or employment conditions. Organisations in the sector would need to provide the necessary data to substantiate their claims.

A review of the lists of occupations for employment permits is currently being finalised with a further review to take place in the second half of the year. A submission received from the horse racing industry is being considered as part of the review.


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