Seasonal workers can stay as Home Affairs agrees population management change

SEASONAL workers will not have to leave the island this winter.

Home Affairs president Rob Prow. (28901094)
Home Affairs president Rob Prow. (28901094)

Home Affairs intends to change the population policy so that a holder of a short term employment permit working a nine month here, three month away pattern and approaching their break, does not have to go.

Currently anyone due to reach their five year cap before February may apply for a one year extension - in some sectors this can be extended for two years.

‘As a committee we have listened to the business community and recognise that positive changes are needed today if we are going ensure that those industries hit the hardest by the unprecedented events of the past year have the opportunity to recover,' said Home Affairs president Rob Prow.

‘As we go into winter, it is hoped that this change in policy will not only acknowledge the valuable role that seasonal workers play in our community, but also allow businesses to retain skilled and experienced staff and allow them to plan, with a little more confidence, for the future.

‘The population management regime was designed to be flexible and responsive to the changing economic needs of the island. The Committee for Home Affairs intends to work with political colleagues and industry to exploit this flexibility to “turn on” and “turn off” policies that will support not just the recovery of individual businesses, but the economy as a whole and demonstrate that, as an island, we are open for business.’

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