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Ministry not giving away Jamaican jobs, says Kellier
2013-09-04 13:21:14 | with audio | (0 Comments)
Jerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter
Derick Kellier - File
Labour minister Derrick Kellier says Jamaican workers are not being overlooked for local jobs.
Kellier says there is no mass handing out of work permits to foreign nationals to take up employment in Jamaica.
Speaking against the background of the high unemployment rate, the labour minister says his ministry sticks to a rigorous screening process when assessing applications for work permits.
He points out that government is on a drive to increase foreign investments so it is expected that there will be a need to permit foreign nationals to work in Jamaica.
He maintains that the ministry insists that the posts must be advertised locally so that Jamaicans get first preference in filling them.
The labour minister was speaking at a press briefing at Jamaica House this morning.
Kellier has disclosed that between April 2012 and July 2013 4,098 work permits were issued by his ministry.
He says most of the permits issued are for persons in technical and professional categories.
He points out that 43 per cent or 1,741 of those permits issued during the period were granted to Chinese workers.
He says the number of permits to Chinese workers reflects the level of Chinese investors in the country at this time.
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