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Skills shortage sees work-permit demand surge to record levels

Applications hit of over 17,000 as Government announces overhaul of system

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The processing period for standard applications used take six weeks, but is now taking around 15 weeks

The processing period for standard applications used take six weeks, but is now taking around 15 weeks

The processing period for standard applications used take six weeks, but is now taking around 15 weeks

Applications for employment permits have increased to the highest level since 2008 when electronic records began as demand for key skills across the economy continues to grow.

A spokesman for the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment (DETE) said applications this year had grown to 17,084 to the end of September – a 41pc increase over the same period last year. Over the same period, the figure is a 13-year high.


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