500 additional work permits for non-EU dairy farmers

The quota of EU workers who do not require a work permit to work as dairy farmers has been increased by 500.

amien English, Secretary of State for Business, Employment and Retail announced the changes to the work permit scheme for workers from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) to address skill shortages in Ireland’s dairy, transport and home care sectors.

In addition, a minimum annual payment of 30,000 euros, based on a 39-hour week, was announced for working as a dairy farmer.

The changes, which come into effect from today, follow a constructive engagement between the Department for Enterprise, Trade and Employment and the Department for Agriculture, Food and Marine.

Evidence provided through consultations with ICMSA and the Farm Relief Service indicates significant recruitment challenges and the introduction of this quota will be particularly welcome as we approach the busy calving season.

Around 2 in 3 Irish farmers find it difficult to find enough labor for their farms, a recent survey by FRS Farm Relief found. While 3 in 4 farmers agree, finding workers with the skills they need to run their operations is difficult.

The survey also found that 6 in 10 Irish farmers believe they have a poor work-life balance due to the number of hours they have to work on their farms, while one in three family or friends do not see farming as a lifestyle would recommend.

The survey also found that around 1 in 2 farmers were willing to offer higher premiums/higher hourly rates in order to retain a skilled workforce.

Agriculture, Food and Marine Secretary Charlie McConalogue TD welcomed the granting of general employment permits to dairy farms.

“Foreign Secretary Martin Heydon and I are in constant contact with dairy sector stakeholders and have worked closely with our colleagues at the Department for Enterprise, Trade and Employment on this issue.

“We are very aware of the personnel challenges at some companies and are working to address them. Spring can be a very challenging time for dairy farms and today’s announcement will give dairy farmers time to commit the labor needed to provide the necessary labor for the busy calving season.”

https://www.independent.ie/business/farming/dairy/500-additional-work-permits-for-non-eu-dairy-farm-assistants-42224815.html 500 additional work permits for non-EU dairy farmers

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