It is current Government policy to issue new employment permits only in respect of:
highly skilled, highly paid positions or;
non-EEA nationals who are already legally resident in the State on valid employment permits or;
positions requiring specialist or scarce skills, expertise or qualifications which cannot be filled elsewise.
Furthermore permits are issued in respect of employment where it is established that a minimum salary of €30,000 per annum is on offer, based on a 39 hour week.
The policy reflects the need to ensure that every opportunity for employment is afforded to those in the national labour market and in determining this policy the Government is also mindful that employers have access, without restriction, to the wider EU and European Economic Area labour market.