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Labor Market Needs Test

 Discover Labor Market Need Test, Advertisement, and Application Requirements. Learn more below.

What is Labor Market Needs Test?

The government’s policy is that employment opportunities that arise in Ireland should, in the first instance, be offered to suitably skilled Irish and other EEA nationals and should only be offered to non-EEA nationals where no suitable candidate emerges from within the EEA to fill the vacancy. However, it is at the employer's discretion to decide and select a suitable candidate for their company.

What does the Labour Market Needs Test involve?

​The Employer must advertise the vacancy:

  • With the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection Employment Services/EURES employment network for at least 28 days.

  • In a national newspaper for at least three days.

  • In either a local newspaper or jobs website (Other than the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection/EURES websites) for three days.

    One of the most common reasons for a refusal of General Employment Permit applications is related to the Labour Market Need Test.

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Who needs the Labour Market Needs Test?

The Labour Market Needs Test is REQUIRED:

  • General Employment Permit

  • Contract for Services Employment Permit

The Labor Market Needs Test is NOT REQUIRED:

  • Where the job is included on the Critical Skills Occupations List.

  • Where the job is offered to a non-EEA national who holds a General Employment Permit and was made redundant within the previous six months.

  • Where a recommendation from Enterprise Ireland or IDA Ireland has been made in relation to the job offer (this applies to client companies of Enterprise Ireland or IDA Ireland only). 

  • Where the job offer is for a Carer of a person with exceptional medical needs and the non-EEA national has been providing care to the person before the application was made. That person has developed a high level of dependence on that non-EEA national.

​Employment permits cannot be issued to an occupation listed on the Ineligible List of Occupations, regardless of remuneration.

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