Contract for Services Employment Permit

If you are a foreign national and non-EEA(European Economic Area) country national and working for a company which has a contract with an Irish business and a contract arises for work in Ireland on this basis, this employment permit type may be an option for you.

Contract for Services Employment Permit

Applications can be granted up to 24 months then extended up to 5 years.

The worker must have been working with the ‘Contractor’ ie foreign undertaking for 6 months prior to the transfer to Ireland.

Family Members

Spouses / de factor partners / dependents of the foreign national worker will generally not be eligible for a Dependant Spouse/Partner Permit of this permit type.

The spouse / partner must apply for their own General Employment Permit.


It is imperative the employer is registered with Revenue and should be registered with the companies registration office also.

50% of staff of the employer ie contractor must be EEA nationals.

Labour Market Needs Test

This test will generally need to be complied with although there are exceptions.

The employer has to meet this test by placing job advertisements in :

  • A national newspaper for 3 days
  • A local newspaper or jobs website for 3 days
  • With the Department of Social Protection and European Employment services

The work permit application should be made within 90 days of the job advertisement.

Application Fee

Application fees are €500 for a contract less than 6 months and then €1,000 for contract up to 24 months.

There are also renewal fees.


If the person is from a country not in the EEA European Economic Area and who obtains this employment permit you will have to register with immigration.

Residency Permission is wholly different to a work permit.

You must register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau.

You should also obtain an entry visa from the Embassy/consulate in your country listed on the Department of Foreign Affairs website before travelling to Ireland.


All detail in respect of salary should be provided with the application.

A remuneration threshold of €40,000 exists.

Employment Permits Act 2014

This act provided for a revised definition of remuneration.

The Department of Enterprise has an important notice in respect of this which can be seen here

You must submit your application for this work permit at least 12 weeks before the employment start date.

The contractor-employer must make the application and the application is made online on the Department of Enterprises website.


Please be advised that the above-mentioned material is intended as an overview and as a broad out-line of the topic discussed. It should not be considered as complete and comprehensive legal advice, nor act as an appropriate substitute.

Due care has been taken in the publication of this article and we do not accept legal liability as a result of reliance on any material covered in the above article.

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