What Jamaican companies want
An examination of a private sector electronic job matching service for the December to January quarter showed that the occupations that were highest in demand included managers, accountants and sales representative.
Of 71 vacancies posted, the demand was greatest for managers, accountants and sales representatives.
Top three occupations advertised via electronic media: October 1, 2009 to December 31, 2009
Managers (13) 1st degree in the related field along with managerial experience
Accountants (7) 1st degree in Accounting/ACCA Level II
Sales Representatives (4) Tertiary level education or 6 CXC including numeric subject along with owning a reliable motor vehicle
Meanwhile, a review of information on work permits approved for the period October1, 2009 to December 31, 2009 showed that 487 were issued to new applicants, a decline of 14.4 per cent from the previous quarter.
Work permits are often granted to expatriate workers in order to fill vacant positions in companies where suitable qualified manpower is not available locally. Consequently, the number of work permits issued to by occupational group can be used as a proxy for occupations that are in demand in Jamaica but for which local expertise is in short supply.
Of the work permits issued, 368 or approximately 75.6 per cent were males. A total of 449 were renewed and 78.4 per cent or 352 were males. The major occupations for which work permits were granted included directors, managers, working proprietors and supervisors.
Also included were plumbers, technicians and other construction workers , architects, engineers, surveyors , chefs and sewing.
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