Redistribution of Meat Processing & Horticulture Work Permits
9 February 2023
The DETE are redistributing a small number of unused Work Permits in respect of Meat Processing Operatives and Horticultural Workers – This is on a first come first served basis -The Department is providing notice that this redistribution will commence on 14 March at 9.00am
The DETE website states;
“The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment has been advised by the Department of Justice that it has been made aware of serious concerns in relation to the practices of certain overseas agents, acting on behalf of visa applicants who are seeking general employment in the State. These concerns resulted in a large reduction in the visa approval rate for this cohort.
In addition, The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment is aware that the ongoing conflict in Ukraine has directly impacted individuals issued with employment permits who have been unable to take up employment opportunities.
As a result, the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment has moved forward to commence the cancellation of these unused permits and has arranged for the redistribution of this limited number of unused employment permits in respect of Meat Processing Operatives and Horticultural Workers on a first come basis.
The Department is providing notice that this redistribution will commence on 14 March at 9.00am when employment permit applications can be made in respect of these roles. It is important to note that as these roles are for a General Employment Permit a valid Labour Market Needs Test must be undertaken, which can be commenced now. The advertised salary for both roles in all advertisements must take into account changes to the National Minimum Wage which increased to €11.30 per hour or €22,916.40 per annum from 1 January 2023. All employment permit applications must show that the prospective employee’s basic salary is the current NMW rate or higher in order for a permit to be issued.”
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