Details Of Work Permits Issued For AC & Airport

May 15, 2017

Responding to Parliamentary Questions in the House of Assembly from Opposition MP Diallo Rabain, Minister of Home Affairs Patricia Gordon-Pamplin provided details on the number of work permits related to the America’s Cup as well as for companies involved with the airport redevelopment.

Work Permits Related To The America’s Cup: 1,028

The first question was, “Will the Honourable Minister please provide the number of work permits issued and those that have been applied for and not decided on with employment categories [for issued and applied for] that are directly related to the America’s Cup?

The answer was, “Work Permits Issued: to date, there have been 1,028 work permits issued – see attached list. Work Permits Applied for, but no decision: to date, there have been 13 work permits applied for but there is no decision as yet – see attached list.”

According to a breakdown in the Parliamentary Questions reply, 236 of the permits were for sailor/crew support with all the six America’s Cup teams having between 18 to 51 in that category.

Some of the other categories listed included 225 for technical, 4 for medical, 45 for media/broadcasting, 344 for administration, and 13 for retails, with a note that “ACEA Retail and Hospitality Short-Term permits are for staff attending Bermuda during the AC35 event only.”

Screenshot from the Parliamentary Questions reply:

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Work Permits Related To The Airport Development: 59

The question was, “Will the Honourable Minister please provide the number of work permits issued and those that have been applied for and not decided on, with employment categories [for issued and applied for] that are directly related to the Aecon, Skyport, Aecon Concessions, or any other company involved with the airport development?

The Minister’s reply was, “Work Permits Issued: to date, there have been 59 work permits issued – see attached list. Work Permits Applied for, but no decision: there are currently no work permits that have been applied for and which have no decision as yet.”

According to the listing of the 59 permits in the Parliamentary Questions reply, the work permits were for positions including, but not limited to, Project Director, Utility Locator, Pile Driver Operator, Loader Operator, Piling Specialist, Technical Analyst, Aviation Security Advisor, Senior Hydro-Geologist and more.

Mr Rabain also asked “how many work permit holders with employment within an occupation that requires National Certification [Electricians, Welders, Motor Mechanics and Landscape Gardeners] have obtained National Certification and how many that have not obtained National Certification and how long have they had a Work Permit without obtaining National Certification,” and the full reply is in the PDF below.

The Parliamentary Questions follows below [PDF here]

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  1. Triangle Drifter says:

    What was MP Rabain looking for? Something to fling against a wall in the hopes that a little would stick? Guess he did not know who he was dealing with. Good job Minister. Not even enough to leave a stain.

    • Well they did say they were gonna create 2000 jobs.

      • jt says:

        Somebody stole that senior hydro-geoligist job you banked on OJ?

      • Passa Doe Bley? says:

        Even if the OBA create 1 job that is better than the 5K the PLP lost!

  2. EB says:

    Sickening. The OBA said the AC would bring jobs for BERMUDIANS. We are getting NOTHING out of this deal!

    • It's about time! says:

      Who is “we”??? I am a Bermudian and I am busting my A** 7 days a week…10-12hr days!!! What is is TRULY sickening is your pathetic attempt to throw the OBA and the AC into a bad light. POS

      • Yesitsme says:

        Must be nice, No job for me.

        • Passa Doe Bley? says:

          Yesitsme – What jobs did you apply for? I bet zero! Many Bermudians took advantage and created new businesses while many others will be working every day they can. Others have worked construction, IT, transportation, advertising, media, Food & Beverage. Talk to anyone working on the docks, trucking, Customs or transportation and ask them when they remember last being this busy! Speak with your local Fisherman and see how many have orders for fresh fish in the upcoming weeks. Talk to the hotels, the bike rental stores and let us know how they’re doing. Talk to the Liquor and Wine Merchants, the wholesalers and ask them if they have fewer staff. Talk to anyone working in the tourism field and ask if things are slow enough that they can take vacation in the next few months?

          You know what, if you are too lazy to do that – just take a look at the amount of traffic going in and out of Hamilton today compared to five years ago.

          You are full of it, and we all know it.

      • EB says:

        Sure you are. Lying

    • Mike Hind says:

      Speak for yourself! I’m Bermudian in the hospitality industry and I’m seeing benefits from the AC and have been for a good while now, as have many others. Have you taken advantage of the opportunities created by the AC? Have you even looked at what they might be?

      • EB says:

        The only opportunities available are those for servants. I’m not interested nor am I serving anyone. The point remains that Bermudians by large are not benefitting and we are unprepared for an event of this magnitude. You clearly have not looked into it.

    • Zevon says:

      I am Bermudian and work in entertainment and have never been this busy.

      • EB says:

        I doubt whatever it is that you do could be described as entertaining.

    • smh says:

      Nice try. Im working 7 days a week. Never been busier….

      • sage says:

        Yeah me too, I am a Hindu tea reader, spiritual advisor and a clairvoyant, I’ve been working 25hr days 8 days a week, and I have made a boatload from the AC , next week I will be stacking millions.

      • EB says:

        Alternative facts.

    • bdaboy says:

      ” We are getting NOTHING out of this deal!”

      YOU get nothing because you either have no marketable skills, or you’re too lazy to get off your ass and do anything….yet another one looking for handouts.

      • EB says:

        The numbers don’t lie. Thousands of unemployed Bermudians while they give out over a thousand work permits. This contradicts what the OBA promised

    • DanMBDA says:

      What is sickening is your lack of knowledge or basic forethought before typing stuff like that.

      The BERMUDIAN own, BERMUDIAN run and 80% BERMUDIAN company I work for is crazy busy – we’ve had to change our delivery schedules and everything to suit.

      • EB says:

        And in September 80% of you will be unemployed. Just in time for the election I hope. I’m sure you’ll be very bitter by then.

    • the real Terry says:

      EB What rock have you been hiding under?

  3. Navin Johnson says:

    As a Born Bermudian and natural sailor all I would need is a little training and I could do any of those jobs…I could be the skipper of one of the boats in the race

  4. Swordfish says:

    I am Bermudian and come next week I will be making a ton of cash.

  5. sandgrownan says:

    EB? lol….

  6. Vote The OBA Out! says:


    So the airport isn’t even out of the ground and 59 work permits issued to Aecon.

    OBA started lying and will leave office lying. 59 Canadians taking jobs where Bermudians should be working to build their own Airport.

    We see you OBA – and come election day, hope you can get a job in Canada because you won’t have one here.

    • Bumbling bear says:

      The PLP will lose the election.

    • sandgrownan says:

      The ignorance is breathtaking.

    • Just the facts says:

      Yes, because we have so many Bermudian Senior Hydro-Geologists just waiting to start work.
      Let me guess, you are one of them!

      People like you need a basic education before spouting off on social media. Get a clue. If we had all of the brains and skilled man-power to build an airport, do you think the one we have would be crumbling around our feet?

    • Cow Polly says:

      Even your beloved PLP had to issue work permits for the hospital.

      As Navin Johnson says above, Bermudians don’t need training to do things they’ve never done before lol!!!!

      • Double S says:

        The hospital was about 60/40 in terms of Bermudian to expat jobs as per the PLP in the House. Yet they stayed silent.

        The airport is expected to be roughly the same or 70/30.

  7. The Dark Knight Returns says:

    Hmmm I would want to know what was the cost of each work permit or did they just give those work permits away?

    • What?? says:

      Yes. They gave those permits away. The AC and Aceon are both exempt from work permit fees.