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Review of the Occupations Lists for Employment Permits - Have your say

6 July 2021 

Launch of Public Consultation Commencing Review of the Occupations Lists for Employment Permits


The Economic Migration Policy Unit of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment has now launched the public consultation commencing the next review of the Occupational Lists for Employment Permits.  Submissions are invited from sector representative bodies and interested parties via the linked form, to be received by close of business Thursday, 12 August 2021.

The consultation form is available on the Department’s website, accessible through the ‘Consultations’ link on the webpage. Please forward your submissions by email to and be sure to provide an appropriate return email address.

You are invited to make a submission with your observations if you feel that there are skills/labour shortages or surpluses in relation to occupations in your sector, the impact of which is adversely affecting your industry.

You should include in your submission any relevant actors that you consider are impacting on your sector so that consideration can be given to making adjustments to the lists, for example, data on the skills or labour shortages, information on recruitment efforts undertaken, retention difficulties, relevant training incentives, impact on business, expansion plans etc., and any other evidence or data such as industry surveys or reports and views within your sector.

The submission process is an opportunity for stakeholders to provide information and experiences and different perspectives on the nature and extent of skill and/or labour shortages. Stakeholder submissions are a vital source of information and views helping inform the Department’s final assessment of the status of occupations.

Here you can access the Department’s webpage providing access to the Employment Permits Acts and the Employment Permits Regulations.