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Changes made to closed job list as Government extends moratorium

A hospitality jobs fair draws hundreds of would-be workers (File photograph)

Job categories off-limits to work permit holders have been changed – with a moratorium extended by five months from the beginning of next year until the end of May 2023.

“General bartenders” have been moved from the list of restricted jobs to the “closed” category, according to Jason Hayward, the economy and labour minister.

He said “guest service agents” had also been added to the list of more than 40 jobs deemed as closed.

My Hayward added that college and training courses were “being planned in partnership with local employers” for bartenders.

Restrictions were ramped up in November 2020 in response to rampant unemployment of Bermudians caused by the pandemic.

There are now 46 jobs closed to work permit holders – and a further 11 deemed “restricted”.

Applications for restricted jobs are governed by the same rules as applications in the “open” category, under section 3.7 of Bermuda’s work permit policy.

But employers must apply for a maximum term of one year – and give evidence that candidates put forward by the Department of Workforce Development had been considered for the job.

At present, the department has ten working days to put forward candidates in response to queries from employers.

If no response is received, employers can put forward their applications with written evidence that they made enquiries.

The partner of a Bermudian, the holder of a Permanent Resident’s Certificate, non-Bermudians on work permits, or other legal resident of Bermuda who has already received permission to reside, are all able to apply for jobs.

Partners who do not have permission to reside may apply to reside and seek employment.

Details on “partner-genuine and subsisting relationships” are given on the government website here.

The ministry highlighted the need for policies getting Bermudians back to work, in light of labour challenges and the continuing impact of the pandemic.

Anyone looking to boost their skills and job credentials can sign up with the Department of Workforce Development at dwd@gov.bm.

Further education options at the Bermuda College are also recommended, the ministry said.

Closed job categories are:

1. Administrative Assistant

2. Airline Ground Agent

3. Bank Teller

4. Carpet Installer

5. Cashier

6. Childcare Assistant

7. Courier

8. Customer Care/ Service Rep

9. Debt Collector

10. Deckhand

11. Dispatcher Road Transport

12. Entertainer/ Musician

13. Executive Secretary/Assistant

14. Fisherman

15. General Bartender

16. General Labourer

17. Golf Instructors

18. Grocery Packer

19. Guest Service Agent

20. Handyman

21. HR Officer/ Manager

22. Interns

23. Laundry Attendant

24. Legal Clerk

25. Librarian

26. Office Receptionist

27. Painter

28. Para-Professional

29. Photographer

30. Pool/Beach Attendant

31. Public Relations Officer

32. Real Estate Agent

33. Retail Floor Supervisor

34. Room Attendant

35. Salesperson

36. Seasonal Work Permits

37. Security Guard

38. Senior Clerk

39. Taxi Driver

40. Teaching Aide

41. Technician salesperson

42. Telephone Switchboard Operator

43. Tourist Retail Salesperson

44. Travel Agent/ Consultant

45. Wallpaper Technician

46. Warehouse Clerk

Restricted job categories are:

1. Dish/ Pot Washer

2. Electrician

3. General Carpenter

4. General Mason

5. Kitchen Assistant

6. Kitchen Porter

7. Landscape Gardener (Entry Level)

8. Plumber

9. Residential/ Commercial Cleaner

10. Tennis instructor

11. Waiter/ Server

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Published December 29, 2022 at 7:59 am (Updated December 29, 2022 at 7:59 am)

Changes made to closed job list as Government extends moratorium

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