Government of Canada announce overhaul of Temporary Foreign Workers Program

On Friday last (June 20), the government of Canada announced that there would be significant changes and restructuring of the Temporary Foreign Workers Program (TFWP).

Changes

There will be notable changes to temporary foreign workers’ work application procedures. For one, the TFWP will only include streams in need of government approval of jobs offered by Canadian employers. This will come in the form of a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) – formally known as a Labour Market Opinion (LMO) – will be much more comprehensive than the outgoing LMO.

In addition, there will also be new assessment criteria. While the LOM process classified workers based on their occupation, the LIMA process will classify them based on their pay while in Canada. From now on only 10 per cent of an employer’s workforce can be made up of those who earn below the regional median wage.

The changes have been implemented in order to ensure that Canada’s temporary foreign worker system capable of responding quickly to the country’s labour needs while protecting the rights of both Canadians and foreign workers.

To read a full list of changes to the Temporary Foreign Workers Program, click on the link.

EY report predicts 2014 will be ‘milestone’ year in Ireland’s economic recovery

The Irish economy will continue its revival in 2014, with GDP increasing from -0.3pc in 2013 to 2.0pc in 2014. This is according to EY’s Economic Eye Summer 2014 report, which also forecasts that GNP will hot 3.3 per cent this year.

A number of positive factors have contributed to EY’s forecast, including the country’s exit from the Troika bailout, its re-entering the international financial markets and its improved international credit rating.

‘2014 looks set to be a significant milestone in Ireland’s nascent economic revival – before now, the recovery has been two-track, with economic growth chiefly being driven by the export and FDI sectors,’ said Mike McKerr, managing partner of EY Ireland.

‘However, we are starting to see multiplier effects feeding through to the domestic economy at last, which is highly encouraging.’

Ongoing issues

However, economic advisory to EY Economic Eye Prof Neil Gibson warned that Ireland’s continued recovery is by no means guaranteed due to ongoing issues such as poor consumer confidence, difficulties in the banking sector and the uneven pace of recovery in regions outside Dublin.

PayPal to add 400 new jobs to its Dundalk operations centre

PayPal, the world’s most well-known online payments company, has announced the creation of 400 new jobs at its European Operations Centre in Dundalk.

The new positions – which include customer solutions, risk operations, telesales and merchant service – will supplement the 1000 jobs that the company announced back in 2012.

Since it was founded in 1998, PayPal has grown its account members to over 45 million worldwide. It currently employs 2,169 people in Ireland, and estimates that this number will increase to around 2,900 by 2018.

‘This is great news for Dundalk and the North East region’, said Louise Phelan, vice president of global operations for EMEA for PayPal. ‘Dundalk is a very important site in our global operations for supporting our customers. We are already ahead of schedule in recruiting our first 1,000 teammates, thanks to our continued expansion, together with the high-calibre people we have already employed.’

‘We have been delighted to be able to make a very positive impact on the lives of so many people in the area, both through our community activities and by virtue of the jobs we create, which have taken so many unemployed people off the local live register. In addition, we know that almost 1,000 indirect “spin-off” jobs in other local businesses will be created as a result of PayPal’s investment in Dundalk.’

Three companies to create a total of 500 new jobs in Ireland

Following on from recent announcements that Ireland’s unemployment rate has fallen and its tax yield increased over the last three months, there was further positivity as 500 new jobs were created across three companies.

Ryanair has announced that it will generate up to 200 IT jobs in Dublin, specifically in the areas of technology, software development and digital marketing.

A further 200 were announced in the pharmaceutical sector as Alexion is to create 200 jobs in Blanchardstown, Co Dublin as part of an expansion of its Irish operations which will also include a €75m investment in a new global supply chain facility.

Finally, Pepper Asset Servicing also announced the creation of 100 new jobs in Dublin and Shannon. The company is looking to recruit financial services specialists and graduates.

Working in Canada: Share what you know about it

Canada has proven to be one of the most popular locations for Irish emigrants over the past number of years. With some of the world’s most rugged natural beauty, bustling metropolitan city centres and – perhaps most crucially – a thriving jobs market, the country’s allure to those thinking about a move abroad looks set to continue into the foreseeable future.

Unfortunately such popularity comes at a cost as the number of Canadian working holiday visas made available to Irish nationals is limited, and so the demand often exceeds the supply.

We need only look at last year’s numbers to be convinced of this. Some 6,000 visas were made available. Within 48 hours, they were all gone.

The application process for next year’s Canadian working holiday visas is due to begin towards the end of January. 10,700 visas will be issued to Irish nationals  – the largest ever allocation, which suggests that Canada’s population as a destination for Irish emigrants may actually still be on the increase.

With so many people aiming to cross the Atlantic, access to information becomes key: the more people know about their destination, the easier it will be for them to make the transition to a new place and way of life.

The Department of Foreign Affairs-funded Crosscare Migration Project aims to provide some help in this regard. The project will ask those with experience living and working in Canada what advice they would pass on to their successors. To facilitate the collation of information, the project has created a short survey that can be taken online (available here). This covers some core areas: employment, accommodation, social life, organisational support and general info & advice.

The accumulated information will then be published in time for the holiday visa application process in January. So if you’ve got some wise words to pass on, click on the link above. The survey takes about five minutes to complete. Consider it time well spent. Others will.

Ireland ranked world’s best for inward investment quality and value

Only a week after being named the ‘best place in the world’ to do business by Forbes magazine, Ireland has now ranked first in the world for inward investment by quality and value and first in Europe for the number of investment jobs per capita.

The latest accolades appeared in the IBM Global Location Trends report, the purpose of which is to analyse key trends in the locations that corporations select to do business, along with foreign investment.

The news was greeted enthusiastically by the CEO of IDA Ireland, Barry O’Leary: ‘I am pleased to see Ireland continuing to be the top performer in the world for quality and value of investment, resulting from Ireland’s success in attracting research and development activities in life sciences and ICT coupled with high-value investment in financial services.

‘Ireland’s ranking as a leading destination for inward investment in Europe highlights our attractiveness for companies considering a location for their FDI [foreign direct investment] operations,’ he continued. ‘This survey reminds us of the international and highly competitive nature of FDI.’