The top 10 Irish companies bringing in workers from abroad
The number of employers issuing Irish work permits for overseas workers is set to surge by more than a third this year, new research has shown.
So far this year Irish work permit applications granted has exceeded 8,000, an increase of 31pc, according to visa support firm VisaFirst.
Figures from the Department of Jobs revealed 82.5pc of visas issued are for new entrants, with the remaining successful applications going to renewal candidates. ICT applications received a boost in applications when compared with the same period last year.
VisaFirst managing director Edwina Shanahan said the growth in visa figures signals a growing economy.
"Ireland’s business sector is emerging from a slump, and to deal with this growth it’s common for employers to bring in employees from overseas to fill positions which cannot be filled by workers from the domestic workforce.
"This is a common sign in many strong economies and the fact that Ireland’s workforce is deficient in certain areas is not really something that should be seen as a negative. It’s practically impossible for any economy to have a strong workforce in absolutely every area of industry and business”.
Rejected applications have almost doubled so far this year, up to 1,223 from 697 at the same time last year.
In the first half of the year Indians received the most new and renewed permits with 30pc of the overall figure, followed by Pakistan and the US, which gained 14pc and 9pc respectively of all successful applications.
The top ten companies bringing in employees from abroad are as follows:
153intel and intel research
115Ernst & Young
87Beaumont Hospital (46 last year)