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What We Do

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.

Established in 1997, the Expert Group reports to the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation and the Minister for Education and Skills. For more details visit www.skillsireland.ie/ 

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

The Expert Group on Future Skills Needs provides advice to Government on skills issues impacting enterprise through:

  • Skills foresight & benchmarking
  • Strategic advice on building skills through education and training
  • Data collection and analysis on demand and supply of skilled labour
  • Influencing and monitoring implementation.

The Group’s analysis of the labour market provides the Employment Permits Section with the evidence on which the Highly Skilled Eligible Occupations List and the Ineligible Categories of Employment for Employment Permits List are based.

Employment Permits Section
2 September 2017