Short-term employees ‘are at their limit already’

WITH less than three weeks to go before the new population management law is due to come into force, concerns continue to be raised over employment permits.


The Confederation of Guernsey Industry has warned that the island is in ‘grave danger of damaging its way of life’ unless changes are made to the proposed new regime.

It said the law on short-term employment permits would open a ‘skills drain’, leaving island businesses chronically short of trained and experienced staff.

CGi chairman Clive McMinn said it would impact all those employers offering cleaning, catering, care, hospitality and other vital services to islanders.

Mr McMinn now wants an urgent meeting with Economic Development president Peter Ferbrache to press for a fresh look at the new law.

‘The people who are affected by this are classed as unskilled, but they are not. They are absolutely essential to Guernsey’s economy,’ he said.

Comments for: "Short-term employees ‘are at their limit already’"


None of those jobs are vital to my way of life.


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Don Tramp

My mop has ben dusted off and now is for hire.


Many people do not understand the logic of the new population management Law in Guernsey, particularly on the new conditions for seasonal workers.

The hospitality industry, laundries, domestic services that depend on seasonal workers, and in which they return for many years for nine-month periods, resuming their jobs after a three-month absence, usually depart in the generally weaker periods In the winter season, but many others have three and five year contracts, these are more qualified staff.

The problem of this new Law is as follows; each period of work that a candidate completes, he or she is requested at the same time of absence from the Island. Obviously, this condition is inconceivable and completely irrational or viable to be considered an absence for one, three or five years. This does not serve employers, especially when they have to train their staff and entrust their experience. As a result, recruiting new staff under these conditions will be extremely difficult and disadvantageous.

Consequently, this situation will seriously damage these industries of the island; such conditions will deprive services to the hospitality industry and tourism in general as well as will result in adverse and restricted results for the island's economy.


Simplified, these essential guest workers come here for 9 months, put their gear into storage and go home for 3. On their return, they move back into their old room, pick up their gear and go back to the old job.

Under the new system they will come for a year (if at all) then have to leave for at least a year. It will then not be cost effective for them to store their worldly goods for so long and will also not be practical for the landlord to keep the room vacant or for an employee to hold the job. This means that even if they wanted to return here after a year, they would have to ship their goods to Latvia and back, find another job and find some accommodation.