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Retrospective 2023: Find out everything that happened with Work Permits in Ireland

On 2nd January the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment reported Employment Permits statistical tables and company listings for the year 2023.

According to the information, 30.981 Work Permits were granted in Ireland, with India occupying first place in the ranking with 11.893 work permits (38.39%) and Brazilians occupying second place with 2.632 work permits (8.50%)

CountryNumber of Work PermitsPercentage

The Irish capital, Dublin, accounted for 15.041 of the permits granted (48.55%), followed by Cork with 2.613 (8.43%) and Kildare with 1.734 (5.60%) and Limerick 1.600 (5.16%)

LocationNumber of PermitsPercentage

At the top of the Work Permit is the Health & Social Work Activities area with 10.037 permits (32.40%), followed by the Information & Communication Activities area with 5.009 permits (16.17%) and Accommodation & Food Services activities with 2.606 permits (8.41%).

SectorNumber of PermitsPercentage
Health & Social Work10.03716.17%
Information & Communication Activities5.00915.75%
Accommodation & Food Services2.6068.41%

And, among the companies that applied the most work permits in 2023 were: Ernst & Young (365), Redwood Extended Care Facility UC (353) and Cork University Hospital (301).

CompanyNumber of Work Permit Applications
Ernst & Young365
Redwood Extended Care Facility UC353
Cork University Hospital301

For a detailed list covering the entire year, visit:

For any enquiries about these changes, Work Permits and immigration matters in general, please feel free to contact us at or call us at 01-8735012.

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Taise Azevedo

Taise Azevedo, Parner, can assist you with all areas of Irish Immigration – e.g. applications for visas, regularising status in the State, naturalisation applications, employment permits applications, long term residency, immigrant investor programme etc. Taise can accept instructions in English or in Portuguese. Contact Taise if you would like assistance with any of these matters. or +353 (0) 1 873 5012

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