Following intensive lobbying from the Restaurants Association of Ireland and the Irish Hotels Federation, the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather
Humphreys , has signed off on changes to Employment Permit Regulations which will make it easier for businesses in the hospitality sector to source workers from outside the EEA.
The IHF welcomed the changes which will help ease the serious shortage of chefs which is currently hampering the hospitality industry.
“Ireland’s tourism and hospitality industry relies heavily on the consistent delivery of a quality product. We need a highly skilled workforce to achieve this and the additional flexibility to recruit suitably qualified chefs from outside the EU will help to ensure that we can meet this high standard”, said president Michael Lennon.
Adrian Cummins, Chief Executive of the RAI, commented, “We in the Restaurants Association of Ireland are delighted with this development from Minister Humphreys. The hospitality industry in Ireland has been under significant strain in recent years in regard to staffing and allowing more skilled professionals to enter the industry can only encourage further growth in this sector. The Restaurants Association of Ireland has been lobbying on this issue since 2012. There is an urgent need for 7,000 chefs per year to service our industry.”