Isle of Man News - POSTED Fri 27-07-2018

Satisfaction with the work permit system increases

by TH

Satisfaction with the work permit system increases

Satisfaction with the Isle of Man's work permit system has doubled.

That's according to the results of the latest Business Confidence Survey released by the Cabinet Office.

Between October 2017 and April 2018 employer satisfaction jumped from 27 per cent to 56 per cent.

During this period the Department for Enterprise introduced new work permit reforms.

Minister Laurence Skelly says: "The need to grow the economically active population is still a significant focus and the department remains committed to working across the public and private sectors to sustain the growth of our local economy and ensure businesses have the people they need to succeed.

"In addition the Department has worked closely with colleagues in the Cabinet Office to reform the process for recruiting workers from outside the European Economic Area by introducing a simplified process for employers which removes the sponsorship licensing regime - reducing costs and time for businesses.

"The changes are based around key employments where the Island faces acute skills shortages allowing us to best meet the needs of the Island’s economy while still protecting local workers."

The Isle of Man Business Confidence Survey invited feedback from local employers to gauge business activity, optimism, future employment and investment for all sectors of the economy.

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