Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Questions (331)

Michael Healy-Rae

Question:

331. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the position regarding an employment permit in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Clare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22193/14]

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Written answers (Question to Jobs)

The person named by the Deputy has never held an employment permit. An employment permit application in respect of this person was refused by my Department on 9th April 2014 as certain occupations are not deemed eligible for employment permits where it is considered that there is already a sufficient supply of labour in the labour market for the filling of such vacancies, or where the occupation requires a low level of skill and experience and therefore can be filled by the existing supply of labour or where it is not in the broader public interest to fill the vacancy. It appeared from the information received in support of the application that the position on offer, Duty Manager, was one of the occupations currently ineligible for a new employment permit. It should be added that under the category of Hotel Tourism and Catering in my Department’s list of ineligible occupations for work permits all occupations in that area of employment are ineligible with the exception of chefs. This policy is outlined on my Department’s website.

The applicant in this case submitted a request that this decision be reviewed in accordance with Section 13 of the Employment Permits Act, 2006. The refusal decision was subsequently upheld on appeal on 8th May 2014. In light of these developments there is no further action that my Department can take with regard to this application.

Issues relating to conditions of residency, such as circumstances where employment is permitted without the requirement for an employment permit, are a matter for my colleague the Minister for Justice and Equality.