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Work permit restrictions to continue into next year

Jason Hayward, the Minister of Labour (File photograph)

Bans and restrictions on new work permits in some categories have been extended by three months, the labour minister said yesterday.

Jason Hayward said legal clerks had been added to the closed category list but residential and commercial cleaners had been moved to the restricted category from the closed category.

Mr Hayward said the restrictions were designed to get Bermudians who lost their jobs because of the Covid-19 pandemic back into the workforce.

It is the third extension of the moratorium since it was introduced last November and is scheduled to continue until the end of January next year.

Mr Hayward said: “While we understand the current labour market and the significant impact that the Covid-19 pandemic has had on many local businesses, our aim is always to ensure the effective use of policies that create capacity in the labour force for Bermudians.”

No new work permits are issued for closed category jobs.

The application process for the restricted category is the same as for open categories, except the employer can only apply for a maximum one year term.

They also have to submit evidence to the Department of Workforce Development that candidates screened and recommended by the department had been considered.

The department said it aimed to respond inside ten working days but if it failed to do so, the employer could submit the work permit application with written evidence that they had made enquiries.

Partners of a Bermudian, permanent resident certificate holders, non-Bermudians on a work permit and other legal residents will normally be allowed to live in Bermuda but cannot look for a job until advised by the Ministry of Labour.

Mr Hayward said people who wanted to boost their skills should register with the DWD at dwd@gov.bm and look at Bermuda College courses at www.college.bm

Closed and restricted job category list

Closed category jobs:

Bank teller, general bartender, fisherman, travel agent/consultant, administrative assistant, room attendant, kitchen porter, dish/pot washer, kitchen assistant, golf instructors, handyman, HR officer/ manager, recruiter, customer care/ service representative, seasonal work permits, interns, carpet installer, entertainer/musician, technician salesperson, photographer, personal executive assistant, nail technician, barber, senior clerk, warehouse clerk, security guard, laundry attendant, real estate agent, teaching aide, paraprofessional, librarian, public relations officer, childcare assistant, airline ground agent, retail floor supervisor, general labourer, office receptionist, painter, salesperson, tourist retail salesperson, taxi driver, wallpaper technician, grocery packer, cashier, courier, legal clerk.

Restricted job categories:

Residential and commercial cleaner, tennis instructor, general carpenter, landscape gardener (entry level), waiter/server, electrician, plumber, general mason.

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Published October 26, 2021 at 7:56 am (Updated October 26, 2021 at 7:56 am)

Work permit restrictions to continue into next year

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