Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Small construction companies in the Cayman Islands are complaining of labor shortages attributed to immigration policies limiting the number of Jamaicans granted work permits. The islands Work Permit Board has long had a balancing policy designed to limit the dominance of 1 nationality. Of the 45,000 total populations, are Jamaicans with work permits, who make up of the expatriate workforce. The Caymans Employment Relations Department ERD - is preparing surveys to advice Government on any needed changes to the law or policies. There is a dynamic shift in the construction industry where employers are not able to fill positions traditionally held by Jamaicans who are viewed as good tradesmen with cultural similarities. Recruiting workers from countries in Latin America, Canada, India and the Philippines, cause Cayman Islands employers extra problems with higher travel costs, and fewer English speakers.