LVA welcomes extension of work permit programme for chefs

LVA welcomes work permit boost for Chefs

Members have recently raised concern about the difficulty involved in securing chefs of all grades.

The quality of the food offered in Dublin pubs is on the rise. With the increased demand for food, it has made this resource shortage a challenge for many members.

The restrictions on work permits available for executive level chefs only and the limited number of annual available permits to date has added to the problem.

Following an extensive push by the LVA and others on the permit issue over the past 3 years there has been a very positive development following our latest joint submission in October. The work permit quota for chefs has been lifted.

From the 1st January 2020, there will no longer be any limits on the number of work permits issued for chefs. In addition, chefs of all grades – including commis chefs – can now secure a work permit.

The national limit on the number of work permits has been removed, while the restrictions on the number of work permits per premises is also gone.

Previously there had been a cap on the number of executive level chefs who would be issued work permits, while there were also restrictions on the grade of chef who would be considered for a permit.

This is a very positive result for our members and will further support the human resource deficit in the industry.

If you have any queries on how to submit an application for a work permit, or on any general recruitment matters, please contact our HR Advisor, Gillian Knight on







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