Inclusion of mechanics will empower operators to recruit talented mechanics from around the world 

Ireland’s leading representative body for private bus operators, the Coach Tourism and Transport Council of Ireland (CTTC) has welcomed the recent announcement made by the government regarding changes to the employment permits system, specifically the inclusion of the motor mechanic role in the General Employment Permit system. This significant development, unveiled in December, opens new opportunities for the coach and bus industry, allowing operators to hire skilled mechanics from outside the European Economic Area (EEA). 

Commenting on this positive shift, Willie Martin, Chair of the CTTC, expressed his satisfaction with the government’s decision on behalf of the organisation. “The CTTC has tirelessly advocated for the inclusion of both drivers and motor mechanics to be included in the General Employment Permit system over the past number of years. We are delighted to see this welcome change, which will empower our operators to recruit talented mechanics from around the world, ensuring a robust and skilled workforce within the coach tourism and transport sector.”

“The CTTC remains committed to collaborating with the government to further enhance the regulatory framework and create an environment conducive to the growth and success of the coach tourism and transport industry. I would like to thank the government and Minister Neale Richmond on making this important change following our representations.” Mr. Martin concluded. 

About the General Employment Permit System 

The government’s comprehensive changes to the employment permit system encompass 43 modifications to the list of eligible jobs, as well as a strategic roadmap for escalating salary thresholds. Notable additions to the General Employment Permit list include roles such as car mechanic, motor mechanic, auto electrician, motor vehicle technician, electrician, electrical contractor, electrical engineer, and skilled metal, electrical, and electronic trades supervisors.   

The salary requirement for the majority of General Employment Permit holders is set to increase from €30,000 to €34,000 starting this month. 


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