• » Almost half employment permits issued to IT sector

    Almost 1,700 employment permits have been granted to non-European citizens in the tech sector so far this year to plug a skills shortage. In the year to December 11th, 3,674 employment permits were issued to citizens from countries outside the European Economic Area or Switzerland. The EEA comprises the European Union member states, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. People from Switzerland coming to work in Ireland do not need an employment permit. Of the figure, 1,679 permits, or 46 per cent, were in the IT sector, according to data from the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.

    India and IT
    One-third or 1,363 of all the employment permits were granted to Indian citizens, with two-thirds of those individuals destined for Ireland’s tech sector.

    A further 536 permits were granted to US citizens, 15 per cent of all permits issued. Of the US citizens granted permits, one-third were in IT. As with India and the US, the highest percentage of permits issued to Brazilian and Chinese citizens were also in the tech sector at 47 per cent and 37 per cent of all the permits issued to individuals from these countries respectively. Of the top-20 companies which recruited non-EEA citizens up to December 5th, 2013, 18 were information technology, computer hardware or communications companies.

    Main employers
    Google topped the list with 146 permits granted to recruits from non-EEA countries or their spouses/dependants, followed by Tata Consultancy Services with 138 permits.  Other tech companies on the list include IBM, Dell, LM Ericsson and Wipro technologies.  A spokeswoman for the Department of Jobs, Enterprise, and Innovation said the Government was “committed to provide an additional 2,000 ICT graduate-level professionals in 2013 and, by 2018, lead Europe in terms of ICT graduates as a percentage of all third-level graduates . . . to build on the significant job-creation in the ICT sector in recent years”.