Several occupations now eligible to be filled by foreign workers

10 Feb 16



What is the change? Ireland’s Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation has added several occupations to the list of high-skilled jobs available to foreign workers and removed other occupations from the list of jobs ineligible to foreign workers.

What does the change mean? Irish employers may now apply for employment permits for foreign employees in the specified occupations listed below.

The following occupations have been added to the Highly Skilled Eligible Occupations List:

  • Material scientists and industrial pharmacists.
  • Perfusionists and gastro-intestinal technologists/physiologists.
  • International marketing experts with required domain knowledge specializing in product strategy development and management with technical and product or service knowledge in pharmaceutical, medical device, software B2B, and software as a service (SaaS) products.

In addition, an explicit reference to “analytical development” has been added to the job list under the Standard Occupation Code 211 Natural and Science Professionals category.

The following occupations have been removed from the Ineligible Categories of Employment List, thus making them available to foreign workers:

  • Paramedics.
  • Tourist guides with non-EEA languages.
  • Aircraft maintenance and related trades.
  • MIG and TIG welders.
  • Computer numerical control operatives.

BAL Analysis: Employers seeking to fill jobs in the above occupations may sponsor foreign workers for employment permits.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group in the United Kingdom. For additional information, please contact

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