Permits Foundation writes to Irish Government providing evidence in support of labour market access for dependants of ICTs02 September 2020
Permits Foundation has written to the Irish Government Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, providing evidence in support of labour market access for dependants of Intra-company Transfer Employment Permit holders in Ireland. In our submission, we set out the rationale for policy change in relation to the Irish economy, labour market challenges and the strong evidence base. We also provide feedback from companies operating in Ireland and how this issue affects their business on the ground.
Permits Foundation welcomes the 2019 decision by the Irish government enabling spouses and partners of Critical Skills Employment Permit holders or of Researchers in the State on a Hosting Agreement to access the Irish labour market via Stamp 1G.
In the submission, we recommend that direct work authorisation also be extended to the small number of spouses and partners of intra-company transferees (ICTs) and we encourage cross departmental attention to this issue.
We suggest that this could be achieved via either of the following:
- The extension of the Stamp 1G permission to spouses and de facto partners of ICT permit holders
- Automatic access to the labour market for spouses and de facto partner of ICT permit holders through another permission type as a trial sample group – e.g. separate dependant permission allowing access to labour market
We now look to the government to take our evidence and recommendations on board – helping to make Ireland a more attractive business destination, boosting agility, innovation and skills in country without negatively impacting the local labour market.
Permits Foundation is extremely grateful to our sponsors Deloitte, Newland Chase, Fragomen, AstraZeneca, Novartis and PwC who provided letters and messages of support that were included alongside the submission.