Friday 17 November 2017

SFA highlights problems with new green card scheme

The Small Firms Association says its members are facing major problems trying to recruit foreign staff under the Government's new green card and work permit scheme.

The association says the scheme is a significant step forward, but small businesses trying to recruit non-nationals have been faced with poor customer service from the Department of the Environment, as well as long delays and excessive charges.

It says employers have to spend ?1,000 on green cards for migrant workers, while it is taking the department 10 to 12 weeks to process applications.

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