If you are planning to move to Ireland, you’ve come to the right place! The Republic of Ireland just launched a Special Work Visas for non-European Union workers in the agricultural sector because it needs a lot of workers. Heather Humphreys, Minister for Business, Enterprise, and Innovation of Ireland, made the announcement in May 2018. She also mentioned that her department will offer priority to those who apply for the visa program. According to Independent IE, farm workers who come from outside of the European Economic Area will be issued the visa.
Joe Healy, President of Ireland Farming Association, said that there’s extreme scarcity of workers in the farming sector. It is very acute in Pig, Poultry, Horticulture, and Dairy sectors as well. You can easily consider that Ireland is going through a crisis, which needs to be stopped before things get completely out of hand. Healy added that because of this reason the minister wants to prioritize the Special Work Visas. He also informed that the Department of Business, Enterprise, and Innovation recently hosted a meeting with the Agriculture Department in Ireland in the past week.
Humphreys said that highest priority will be given to farm workers who received jobs in the soft fruit, vegetable, and mushroom farms. Department of Business, Enterprise, and Innovation recently conducted a review of the Ireland Work Visas across different skilled and unskilled sector. It will be released publicly later in June 2018.
How much will the workers be paid?
The Irish government revealed that foreign farm workers will be paid a minimum of 22,000 euros. Horticulture workers will receive 500 visas, meat processing operatives will get 250 visas, and dairy farm assistants will receive 50 visas. Michael Creed, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine of Ireland, said that they decided to introduce the visa after repeated complaints of scarcity of workers from the labor market.