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Coastguard looking for local recruits

Coastguard looking for local recruits

| 20/07/2020 | 16 Comments

(CNS): The Cayman Islands Coast Guard is now hiring and has ten vacancies for Caymanians aged between 18 and 35. The creation of this unit is an amalgamation of the RCIPS Marine Unit and other relevant parts of uniform branches. Its main functions are search and rescue, and netting drugs, guns and illegal immigrants. As […]

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Over 3,500 permits processed during lockdown

Over 3,500 permits processed during lockdown

| 22/06/2020 | 41 Comments

(CNS): Since the government agency dealing with work permits and labour issues closed down in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and boards stopped meeting, administrators still reviewed 3,577 permits remotely. But Jeremy Scott, the managing director of WORC, said changes to the law have enhanced the tracking of local job applicants, giving them more […]

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Population had grown to nearly 70,000

Population had grown to nearly 70,000

| 19/06/2020 | 60 Comments

(CNS): Cayman’s unemployment rate increased in October last year, even when the population and workforce were both at an all-time high, according to the 2019 Fall Labour Force Survey (LFS). The report, undertaken before the COVID-19 pandemic changed everything, reveals that the population was just short of 70,000 and the workforce had reached almost 50,000. […]

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The real problems of stay-over tourism

The real problems of stay-over tourism

| 19/06/2020 | 67 Comments

The problem is that monopolistic operations are allowed to set miserly wages across the entire Seven Mile Beach area. Nobody can expect to survive long in the local economy at the meagre wage offered for most positions. Expats are brought in from poor countries and exploited to create wealth for the owners (who are often […]

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Government relaunches Ready2Work

Government relaunches Ready2Work

| 16/06/2020 | 19 Comments

(CNS): With unemployment expected to climb to 19% this year, government is relaunching a 2016 jobs programme to help those in the tourism sector retrain for a new field of work. Following the economic collapse as a result of measures taken to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, tourism has been especially hard hit and is now […]

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Some Caymanians are now desperate

Some Caymanians are now desperate

| 07/06/2020 | 166 Comments

There are many of us Caymanians that don’t work in tourism but are without jobs. Why is it that only people in tourism gets the help? I have lost my job and the company I used to work for has gone out of business. I have nothing, I guess they want me to get in […]

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Only 1/4 of tourism jobless register with ministry

Only 1/4 of tourism jobless register with ministry

| 05/06/2020 | 61 Comments

(CNS): Only 1,000 Caymanians who lost their jobs in tourism have registered with the ministry so far. As a result, the deadline has been extended until Sunday night to give people more time to register their situation so government can plan how it will help those displaced by the COVID-19 shutdown. According to numbers promoted […]

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Construction to lead local economic recovery

Construction to lead local economic recovery

| 13/05/2020 | 156 Comments

(CNS): The rebuilding of Cayman’s economy will start with the return of the construction industry, and on Tuesday the first workers will return to the job sites that were already operating when the COVID-19 shelter-in-place order was first issued. Premier Alden McLaughlin explained Wednesday that the whole sector can’t return as there are around 1,900 […]

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WP holders not being forced to leave

WP holders not being forced to leave

| 13/05/2020 | 110 Comments

(CNS): Work permit holders hanging on until their jobs return when lockdown lifts should not be afraid of seeking help from government if they need it because they will not be forced to leave. Government is keen for those in hospitality or whose jobs have definitely been lost to leave if flights can be arranged. […]

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Childcare posing challenge with return to work

Childcare posing challenge with return to work

| 12/05/2020 | 91 Comments

(CNS): Childcare issues for parents physically returning to work present a real challenge, Premier Alden McLaughlin has acknowledged. Some 6,000 more workers went back into the field last week and another 8,000 may be added to that next. But helpers are still not allowed to return to work and nurseries are not yet able to […]

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WORC tackling its work case by case

WORC tackling its work case by case

| 04/05/2020 | 37 Comments

(CNS): Measures taken to protect the Cayman Islands community from the COVID-19 pandemic have thrown up a variety of challenges for the relatively new Workforce Opportunities and Residency Cayman (WORC). As a result, the agency is working on a case by case basis as it tries to prioritise jobs for Caymanians, juggle the complex situation surrounding […]

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