A job in the Irish economy could become much harder in the weeks ahead.
The country’s government has proposed that businesses, particularly those located in remote rural areas, must get permits from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) to hire people for “economic security”.
It’s an important step towards the country’s exit from the European Union.
The Office of Economic Security will now decide on a new form of permit, with businesses expected to submit applications for permits on the first day of March, which could be the last before the country officially leaves the bloc.
The ONS says it will issue a permit for an employment of up to 200 people at a single job site.
Businesses can apply to have a permit issued for a job to be located in the Republic of Ireland.
If the company does not have a valid permit, they must seek approval from the Department of Jobs and Enterprise.
It is unclear what effect the move will have on the number of people working in Irish businesses, although the government says that it aims to “ensure that people from remote rural Ireland can get the job they need to survive the Brexit process”.
The move is the latest attempt to shore up the economy following Brexit.
The Irish Government said in a statement on Wednesday that it was considering the proposal to allow for the construction of new ports on the island of Ireland, which would allow more people to work and live and ease pressure on infrastructure and services.
Irish firms have been forced to slash jobs after the Government imposed a ban on hiring new staff in January.
The government has also said it will require companies to create a new social security number in order to get new permits to hire.
It says it is also considering a limit on the amount of work allowed to be done by an employer in a single day.
Last week, the Irish government said it would be issuing permits to businesses that employ over 300 people to increase productivity.