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What We Do

Economic Migration Policy and the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN)

The Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN) advises the Irish Government on current and future skills needs of the economy and on other labour market issues that impact on Ireland’s enterprise and employment growth. It has a central role in ensuring that labour market needs for skilled workers are anticipated and met.


  • advises Government on projected skills requirements at national and sectoral levels and make recommendations on how best to address identified needs.
  • makes recommendations on how existing education and training systems and delivery mechanisms might be adapted to better effect. Also the role that enterprise can play in the shaping up of the skills of their workforce. 
  • advises on any skills requirements that cannot be met internally at a given time and so must be met through inward migration.
  • ensures that recommendations made are assessed by the relevant authorities.

The Group’s analysis of the labour market provides the Department’s Economic Migration Policy Unit with the evidence to guide the process of reviewing the Critical Skills Occupations List and the Ineligible Occupations List. 

 The SOLAS Skills and Labour Market Research Unit provides the Group with data, analysis and research and manages the National Skills Database.


Economic Migration Policy Unit