Some workers to be granted special status – minister

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Some workers to be granted special status – minister

 


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Construction workers, career guidance teachers and high performance sports coaches from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) are to be given easier access to Ireland.

Changes in economic demands have led Business Minister Heather Humphreys to select a string of occupations for preferential treatment when it comes to job permits.

The move has been made on foot of “labour market conditions and submissions from sectors and other stakeholders, together with contextual factors such as Brexit”.

Civil engineers, construction project managers and quantity surveyors are now seen as critical skills.

Other tradespeople, including sheet metal workers, welders, pipefitters, scaffolders and crane drivers, will now qualify for a General Employment Permit.

Ms Humphreys said the policy of accommodating non-EEA nationals was necessary “to fill capacity gaps in the domestic economy in the short to medium term”.

“I am aware that the [construction] sector is actively seeking to encourage many of these workers back to take up jobs in Ireland,” she said.

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Irish Independent

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