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Legislation temporarily amended to ease staffing pressures

10 August 2021

Industries which have traditionally relied on migrant workers are being given temporary support to help ease their staffing pressures.

An order lodged by the Deputy Chief Minister, Senator Lyndon Farnham, will temporarily ease some of the restrictions in the Control of Housing and Work (Jersey) Law 2012 and allow employers to hire a registered or licenced worker part-time, even if that person's primary job is with another company.

The order comes into effect tomorrow (Wednesday, 11 August), and expires on 31 October. Throughout that period, registered and licenced workers will still have to comply with their immigration work permit or entry clearance.

Senator Farnham said: "This is a practical means of providing much-needed short-term support for our hospitality and agriculture sectors. Both have been hit hard by the combination of Brexit and COVID-19 and – as seasonal industries – it is crucial that the support we provide takes effect immediately.

"While employment challenges cannot be solved overnight, Government is committed to support business and officers are exploring ways in which business sectors can be supported. This order enables businesses who have not been able to attract migrant workers to make the most of the skills and experience already in the Island and who are willing and able to work extra hours."

The Order has been developed in consultation with the Chamber of Commerce, in response to the challenges presented by COVID-19 and Brexit, which have made it harder for industries to recruit staff.

Chamber President Jennifer Carnegie said: "This Order will give some businesses another option, with so many struggling during the busy season with a lack of staffing. This will mean that employers who are finding it difficult to attract staff have an opportunity to hire part-time workers to keep their businesses going, without having to use or seek another registered or licenced permission.

"I am delighted that the Chamber raised these concerns, has a voice to represent businesses, and will continue working with Government to continue to find solutions for the medium term, and ahead of recruitment for next year's tourist season."

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