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Government extends moratorium on work-permit categories

A moratorium on new work permits for a range of job categories has been extended for three months.

The Ministry of Economy and Labour said in a statement that the 46 job categories will remain closed until February 29.

“The Ministry of Economy and Labour’s main aim is always to ensure the effective use of policies that create job opportunities for Bermudians,” the statement said.

“Closed and restricted job categories encourage companies to consider and develop Bermudians in the workforce.

“As the employment landscape in Bermuda continues to shift, policy amendments will reflect the changes in demand.”

Closed job categories

• Administrative assistant

• Airline ground agent

• Bank teller

• Carpet installer

• Cashier

• Childcare assistant

• Courier

• Customer care/service representative

• Debt collector

• Deckhand

• Dispatcher road transport

• Entertainer/musician

• Executive secretary/assistant

• Fisherman

• General bartender

• General labourer

• Golf instructor

• Grocery packer

• Guest service agent

• Handyman

• HR officer/manager

• Intern

• Laundry attendant

• Legal clerk

• Librarian

• Office receptionist

• Painter

• Para-professional

• Photographer

• Pool/beach attendant

• Public relations officer

• Real estate agent

• Retail floor supervisor

• Room attendant

• Salesperson

• Seasonal work permits

• Security guard

• Senior clerk

• Taxi driver

• Teaching aide

• Technician salesperson

• Telephone switchboard operator

• Tourist retail salesperson

• Travel agent/consultant

• Wallpaper technician

• Warehouse clerk

The ministry released a list of 11 restricted job categories, also unchanged from the previous period, including:

• Dish/pot washer

• Electrician

• General carpenter

• General mason

• Kitchen assistant

• Kitchen porter

• Landscape gardener (entry level)

• Plumber

• Residential/commercial cleaner

• Tennis instructor

• Waiter/server

According to the policy, anyone who would like to apply for a work permit in a restricted category must follow the same procedure as those applying for an open category, except the employer must apply for a maximum term of one year and submit evidence that candidates screened and recommended by the Department of Workforce Development were “appropriately considered”.

The partner of a Bermudian, permanent resident certificate holder, non-Bermudian on a work permit or other legal residents of Bermuda who have already received permission to reside may apply to seek employment.

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

Anyone who would like to increase their skill set and employability was encouraged to register with the Department of Workforce Development at dwd@gov.bm and explore more options for further education through Bermuda College at www.college.bm.

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Published December 03, 2023 at 12:24 pm (Updated December 04, 2023 at 7:17 am)

Government extends moratorium on work-permit categories

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