Ireland – Updates: Stricter Review of Irish Employment Permit Applications & Increase in Minimum Wage

What has changed

Recently, the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (DBEI) has become more stringent and discretionary when reviewing employment permit applications. This has resulted in an increase of application refusals, particularly in the Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) sector. Although Emigra Worldwide has not experienced rejections for ICT applications, it has been noted that authorities are exercising more discretion for all employment permit types.

Previously, the DBEI was less stringent and discretionary when assessing employment permit applications.

Effective January 1, 2019, the minimum wage in Ireland will increase from €9.55 to €9.80.

Who is affected

All clients who have or will have employees based in Ireland, who require an employment permit.

The increase in minimum wage may impact applicants on low salaries who wish to apply for an Intra-Company Transfer or Atypical Working Scheme employment permit.

What to expect

Emigra Worldwide can offer brief pre-assessments prior to case initiation for any potential candidates applying for the employment permit.

The change in the minimum wage is related to the Salary Matrix calculation. Landlords use the Salary Matrix to calculate prospective tenants’ salaries to check whether they can afford the price of rent being charged. Prospective tenants who budget more than one-third of their salary for rent are likely to be rejected during lease negotiations.

What you need to do

  • Emigra Worldwide can provide appropriate assessment and red flag any potential risks on a case-by-case basis for applicants.
  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your client.