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Wholesales, hotels, restaurants import workers



Hoteliers, wholesales and retaurants were the source of the heaviest demand for work permits for employees during 2008, the recently released Ministry of Labour and Social security employment survey shows.

The top industrial group to which work permit approvals were granted were these groups followed by the construction sector.

The demand in in descending order was:

**Wholesale & Retail, Hotels and Restaurant Services (2,313);

**Construction and Installation (1,475); and

**Community, Social and Personal Services (439).

A review of information on work permits approved for the period January 1, 2008 to December 31, 2008 shows that 5,084 were issued of which 52.4 per cent or 2,662 were new and 81 per cent or 4,116 were to males.

A breakdown of the figures by occupational group showed that most of the work permits were granted to persons in the “Professionals, Senior Officials and Technicians” category (3,018).

Next was "Craft and Related Trades Workers” (1,220) and this was followed by “Service Workers, Shop and Market Sales Workers” (512).

According to the Minstry of Labour, work permits are granted to expatriate workers in order to fill vacant positions in companies where suitable qualified manpower is not available locally.

The number of work permits issued to by occupational group can be used as a proxy for occupations that are in demand locally but for which local expertise is in short supply.

*Information source - Ministry of Labour and Social Security labour trends survey released April 2009.
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