Response to Chief Minister’s News Release: ‘New Initiative to Reduce Permissions for Newer Migrants’

Tuesday 10 January 08:39

The Jersey Chamber of Commerce acknowledges that monitoring work licenses is an on-going task of government and that migration does need to benefit the island as much as possible. However, there is no doubt that reducing the number of work licenses will cause problems for a number of business sectors in Jersey, especially those in the tourism and hospitality sector, which relies greatly on a migrant workers.

Despite a number of initiatives in the last few years, catering does not attract a local workforce due to shift patterns and unsociable hours and without a migrant workforce the sector would struggle to fill vacancies.

The President of the Jersey Chamber of Commerce, Kristina Le Feuvre, said: "The profit and success of any business can be severely affected by the lack of a suitable workforce. It is imperative businesses in Jersey continue to have work license flexibility. If businesses can evidence they are not able to fill a vacancy locally, they must have the opportunity to put forward a case to government that a work license is necessary."

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