GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands, Thursday, March 28, 2013 – The Caymanian government will soon be taking a Cabinet decision on what key jobs will be reserved for Cayman Island nationals.
The government pushed through an amendment to Caymanian immigration legislation this week that will allow Cabinet to designate certain positions, jobs, types of work or business areas as being solely for Caymanians.
Deputy Governor Franz Manderson, who has responsibility for immigration, said the provision was very flexible and allowed for exceptional circumstances where the chief immigration officer or the boards could still grant temporary work permits in certain reserve occupations. It also provided for a transitional period so that staff currently on permits in what could become reserve jobs, once they are selected, would not just be fired.
It also allows anyone who already has key employee to stay in the post, even if their job joins the list of Caymanian-only posts that will be decided by the next Cabinet. The decision would not remain behind closed doors, Manderson said, but would have to be ratified by the Legislative Assembly.
Although no type of work has been designated in the law, Manderson pointed to potential examples such as concierge posts in hotels, as Caymanians are an obvious and ideal choice to tell visitors about Cayman, as well as Human Resource positions. Anticipating objections, he said the boards do follow the law. He said 4,352 permits had been refused over the last two years, 672 of which were declined because there were Caymanians to fill the jobs. Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)