• Irish Authorities Seeking Input from Employers for Minimum Annual Remuneration Analysis for Foreign Workers
  • February 6, 2017
  • Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
  • The Economic Migration Policy Unit is seeking stakeholder input for a review of the Employment Permit Minimum Annual Remuneration thresholds, focusing on four employment permit categories: Critical Skills, General, Intra-Company Transfer and Contract for Services. The goal of the review is to consider the appropriateness of the Minimum Annual Remuneration in Ireland. The submission period closes January 27, 2017.

    The Unit is interested in learning about stakeholders’ opinions on factors that are appropriate to the setting of the Employment Permit MAR thresholds.


    The MAR thresholds were introduced in 2006 and were set and remain in line with the average wage that year. The Economic Migration Policy Unit is now assessing whether these levels are still relevant and appropriate and are requesting that interested stakeholders share their perspectives.

    A range of criteria apply to the grant of employment permits. Information on such criteria is available here.

    Submission and Amendment Process

    Submissions should be made by January 27, 2017 on the form available here and should be directed to [email protected]

    At the end of the consultation process, the Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation will make recommendations to the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation. Amendments to the Employment Permit MAR Thresholds approved by the Minister would be effected by way of a statutory amendment.

    What This Means for Employers and Foreign Nationals

    The MAR is subject to amendment following the review process. Employers and foreign nationals should contact their immigration professional to inquire about the submission process.