The Labour Market Needs Test is a requirement for certain types of employment permit applications in Ireland. The government's policy dictates that job openings should first be offered to suitably skilled Irish and other European Economic Area (EEA) nationals. And these opportunities should only be extended to non-EEA nationals if no suitable candidate emerges from within the EEA to fill the vacancy.
This policy aligns with the Community Preference principles of EU membership. To ensure job opportunities are accessible to Irish and EEA nationals, employers must satisfy a Labour Market Needs Test before a General Employment Permit or Contract for Services Employment Permit can be issued to a non-EEA national.
The employer must advertise the vacancy with the Department of Social Protection Employment Services/EURES employment network for at least 4 weeks, and in a national newspaper for at least 3 days, and in either a local newspaper or jobs website (separate to Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection/EURES websites) for 3 days.
Yes, generally speaking, the Labour Market Needs Test is required for employment permit applications. However, there are exemptions:
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