The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment has opened public consultations for an upcoming review of the Critical Skills Occupations List and the Ineligible Occupations List.

Key Points:

  • Employers and other stakeholders can make submissions for the lists from now until Aug. 12. at 5 p.m. Irish Standard Time.
  • All submissions must be made through an online form and should be sent to
  • Submissions should include any relevant factors that are impacting a specific industry, such as data on skills and labor shortages, industry surveys, recruitment information, retention difficulties, training incentives or business expansion plans.

Background: Ireland’s employment permit systems are vacancy-led and driven by changing labor market needs. The Irish government periodically updates the occupations lists to match the labor market demand.

The Critical Skills Occupations List and Ineligible Occupations List serve as the basis for what occupations will be prioritized for employment permits. The Critical Skills Occupations List includes highly skilled occupations that are experiencing a labor shortage and need to be filled. The Ineligible Occupations List shows occupations for which employment permits will not be granted.

BAL Analysis: The submission process serves as an opportunity for employers and other stakeholders to provide information, perspectives and data on current labor market shortages and surpluses. Submissions are key in helping the Department finalize the occupations lists for employment permits later this year.

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