The Authorities has introduced that it’ll introduce a brand new allow for seasonal employment as a part of a Invoice to modernise the employment allow system.
The creation of a short-term employment allow will cater for short-stay and recurrent employment conditions in sectors such because the farming trade.
The horticultural sector depends closely on seasonal employees for harvesting fruit and greens. Whereas different areas of the agri-food trade depend upon seasonal employees to fill vacant positions, reminiscent of meat processing operatives and dairy farm assistants.
One of many modifications included within the new Employment Permits Invoice is the proposal to make wage thresholds index-linked to assist fill labour market gaps.
The Invoice additionally consists of provisions for extra circumstances, reminiscent of coaching or upskilling, to be connected to the granting of an employment allow.
To maintain updated with fashionable labour market practices and worth chains, the brand new laws will allow subcontractors registered in Eire to entry the employment allow system.
In current months, main economists have warned that Eire is going through the danger of operating out of employees throughout most components of the financial system and workers shortages will probably worsen within the coming years.
Final yr, an Oireachtas committee had been advised that round 16,400 employment permits had been issued in 2020; with 11% of those for the agriculture sector.
Minister for Enterprise, Employment and Retail, Damien English welcomed the brand new Invoice, which he mentioned will improve the agility and responsiveness of the employment permits system.
He acknowledged the laws will make sure that the system can adapt shortly to modifications within the Irish labour market.
“With a document 2.5 million plus individuals at work in Eire, the brand new Employment Permits Invoice will permit us to higher compete for world expertise, to fill labour market gaps, to help native enterprises and to encourage Overseas Direct Funding whereas on the similar time defending the rights of employees within the State,” he mentioned.
“The proposed modifications are supposed to enhance the system’s flexibility with out altering the core objective of synchronising the abilities and labour wants within the financial system, whereas prioritising the Irish and EEA labour pool,” he added.
Mr English additionally acknowledged that the brand new coverage for the employment allow system is a crucial facet of addressing a few of Eire’s abilities deficits.
The laws, which is to be revealed in autumn, will consolidate the Employment Permits Acts of 2003 and 2006 and the 2014 Modification Act right into a single piece of laws.