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Recruitment Agency License Application

What is Employment of Agency License?

When establishing an Employment Agency or Recruitment Agency in Ireland, it is mandatory to obtain an Agency License. This license is essential for recruitment company’s operation and compliance with regulatory requirements.

The legal structures of business that can apply for this license are as follows:

  1. Sole Traders or Partnerships.
  2. Directors of company
  3. LP- Limited Partners of Limited Liability Partnership.
  4. GP- Limited Partners of Limited Liability Partnership.

To apply for a recruitment agency license under the Employment Agency Act of 1971, you need to furnish:

  1. Complete an Application Form Available on Website. https://www.workplacerelations.ie/en/publications_forms/empagency_new_licence_applic_v8.pdf
  2. A notification posted in a designated nationwide newspaper, declaring your intent to seek a license.
  3. References from two independent and unrelated referees who reside in Ireland.
  4. A Garda vetting invitation form for an e-vetting application and also require a police clearance certificate from the local police
  5. Proof of identity, such as a copy of your passport or driving license.
  6. A copy of Business Name Registration or a company’s Certificate of Incorporation.
  7. A Statement of Fees outlining the charges to be levied on employers.
  8. A self-certified statement confirming that your place of business meets the standards prescribed by legislation.

If the directors were born outside the EEA, a copy of either EU passports or photocopies of Irish residency cards are also required.

Requirements for non-EEA Citizens applying for License.

For entrepreneurs launching a recruitment agency in Ireland, particularly if they are non-EEA citizens, it is imperative to submit additional documentation alongside the standard application process. This includes providing photocopies of passports or residency cards issued within Ireland. These documents serve as proof of identity and residency status, ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements.

How long does it typically take to obtain and validate an Employment Agency License in Ireland?

Following the submission and evaluation of the Garda application, the issuance of the license typically takes approximately 2 to 3 weeks to process. During this period, authorities review the application thoroughly before finalizing and issuing the license. The fee for the license is €500, and the license is valid for one year from its date of issue.

Under the Act, it’s against the law to ask job-seekers to pay a fee just to agree to look for work. However, you’re free to set your own fees for employers at any rate you prefer.

Unlawfull Act,

Leading an employment agency without a license is against the law. If caught, the fine can be up to €2500 initially, with an additional fine of €1000 for each day the offense continues.Following this, if the offense persists, there may be further penalties.

You are only permitted to commence operations of your employment agency once the license has been issued.

Renewal of License:

Upon expiration of the existing license, two essential documents may be required:

  1. A Police Clearance Certificate.
  2. The Existing License Number.

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