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IoD Jersey comments on Ministers' measures to curtail migrant work licenses

IoD Jersey comments on Ministers' measures to curtail migrant work licenses

Commenting on new proposed measures to reduce licences available to businesses for migrant workers, Chris Clark, Chair, IoD Jersey, said:

“These measures announced by Ministers send out the worst message at the worst of times for local businesses and demonstrate a distinct lack of joined-up thinking. At a time when businesses in Jersey are working through a period of productivity and when the government has invested heavily in infrastructure to ensure Jersey’s future success, including the Esplanade quarter, these measures appear confusing, ill-thought through and likely to have a direct, detrimental impact on Jersey’s potential to prosper, across all industry sectors.  Particularly with populist politics sweeping across the Western world and in light of Brexit, there is a real need to champion stability in policy. These measures fly in the face of that and suggest to any aspirational business that Jersey is not open for business.

“At our Debate three years ago which examined population, the clear message was that Jersey needs to relax immigration policy and at the same time address the skills shortage, look at our education system and encourage businesses to focus on training. If we don’t do all of this in a coherent way, we are in real danger of putting our island at risk economically and socially and losing the elements of island life that make Jersey the place we love working and living in.”