PLP: ‘Non-Bermudians Only Category Growing’

February 27, 2017

“In between the pretty words lies the stark reality of life under the OBA, which is that non-Bermudians are the only job category growing under the OBA,” Shadow Minister of the Environment, Planning & Workforce Development Diallo Rabain said.

Mr. Rabain said, “The OBA Government has a record of broken promises, anti-Bermudian policies and deception, which has led to the OBA failure to create jobs for Bermudians, OBA failure to reduce the debt, and OBA failure to balance the budget – all campaign pledges of the Government in the 2012 election.

“The OBA even boasted about tourism numbers while hotel jobs for Bermudians have fallen. The OBA say that they are ‘the safe hands Bermuda needs,’ but many Bermudians are asking ‘safe hands for who?’

“They haven’t been safe hands when it comes to protecting Bermudian jobs. They haven’t been safe hands when it comes to creating Bermudian jobs. The OBA seems to have safe hands for everyone but Bermudians,” Mr Rabain added.

The recently released National Economic Report of Bermuda [PDF] said, “Preliminary data from the 2016 Employment Survey indicates that the total number of jobs in Bermuda grew by 56 posts from 33,319 in 2015 to 33,375 in 2016, which equates to a 0.2 per cent increase.

“This year represents the first year that the number of jobs has increased since 2008 when the number of jobs amounted to 40,213.

“This increase ends seven consecutive years of job reductions in a Bermuda economy that only recently began to experience positive growth. Overall the island has lost 6,838 jobs since 2008, a reduction of 17.0 per cent.

“Jobs occupied by Non-Bermudians were the only status category to exhibit an increase in employment in 2016. Non-Bermudian jobs grew by 158 posts or 2.3 per cent. The figure rose from 6,990 in 2015 to 7,148 in 2016.

“Bermudians positions declined by a total of 75 posts or 0.3 per cent in 2016. Non-Bermudian Spouses of Bermudians accounted for 16 job losses while Permanent Residence Certificate holders experienced a decrease in posts of 11 positions.”

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  1. Enough says:

    But haven’t the PLP been harping on for years that “thousands’ of Bermudians have had to leave Bermuda to find work?

    So then to me I would think that this ‘decline’ of 75 Bermudian posts in actual fact is a significant increase in numbers compared to Bermudians that remain here.

    More alternative facts from the PLP…..

    • Black Soil says:

      Alternative-Facts spread by the PLP. Bermudians working in hospitality has been steadily growing…and this annoys the PLP to no end.

      • $48,000 says:

        I have another funny one for you. How many Bermudians really make under $48,000 a year? People earning $48,000 or less will see their rate fall from 6 per cent to 4.25 per cent.

        Meanwhile, tax breaks for hotels, retailers and restaurants will be withdrawn completely in the coming financial year :(

        That category on the tax break given by BOBBY RICHARDS UBP/oba Minister is helping Non–Bermudians on low wages who send their money home. Let’s be real about this, this crap only happens in the Bermuda Triangle. :(

        • Just a Bermudian, no more, no less says:

          There are a whole lot of exploited Bermudians living on 1980′s wages.

          We aren’t a socialist country, you work or you starve.


    • Seriously? says:

      What are you trying to say? You are saying that a loss of Bermudian jobs is a good thing? What is wrong with you OBA Supporters?

    • Build a Better Bermuda says:

      The PLP also don’t highlight that most of the Bermudian job decline would have originated within the government, as the OBA has been decreasing the CS through attrition and the CA is majority Bermudian… so the majority of the decline in Bermudian jobs doesn’t equate to more Bermudians being laid off, but through retirement. Doesn’t fully equate the rise in non-Bermudian jobs, but as I have said before, we will need to see a rise in non-Bermudian jobs again, before we fully see a rise in traditionally Bermudian job sectors, as we are far too heavily reliant in the services industries that those foriegn jobs support.

  2. watching says:

    Well said MP Rabain…
    There is a problem when the only “increases” we see in the national scope are for Non Bermudians. It is a sad indictment that the OBA is not concerned about Bermudians as all of their investment and activity is geared towards non Bermudians, and the stats show this clearly.

    • the real Terry says:

      @ watching for your information, the Hon. premier employs more Bermudians than all of the PLP members together. The OBA also want a Bermudian to have Rev Tweed/ Genevieve’s position so really can’t figure where you are coming from with your rants.

      • trisha says:

        Rev Tweed’s position is not likely to be a position in demand.
        There are probably more Bermudians looking for jobs in retail, hospitality and construction since there is not need of diploma.
        Small Island but Bermuda Immigration can not even get rid of those illegal workers working in position they shouldn’t be doing.

    • Earth watch police says:

      You mean like tweed I mean genivive.

    • Cow Polly says:

      @watching – in the last budget it was acknowledged that we need more of a population on the island to spread the burden of government expenses around. Therefore Bermudians should welcome the rise in this ‘job category’. One can only hope that these additional guests on our island are wealthy international business executives who rent out expensive homes from Bermudians and eat at Bermudian owned restaurants and buy expensive cars from Bermudian owned dealerships instead of AME preachers who leach off the goodwill of the Bermudian people.

  3. Donna says:

    Mr. Rabain, please let us all know how YOU would get jobs for all the Bermudians that are out of work, I’d really like to know. You seem to have the answer so maybe you could go and tell the OBA how it’s done. Also you can’t put a dish washer, landscaper and file clerk into a CEO position so please let me know how you are going to do any better.

    • Keepin' it Real!...4Real! says:

      He can’t tell you…none of the PLP can tell you…They’re just a bunch of monalisas…that’s why they may be suitable as an opposition but definitely NOT in leaderships role…They need to live under a Mugabe style govt…f#@kin’ idiots.

    • Sandgrownan says:

      He has no idea, no clue and no plan

  4. enough says:

    So what are the 158 jobs that non Bermudians now have, please let us know, I bet it is some job that a Bermudian will not do

    • Sickofantz says:

      Maybe steer a boat in the America’s cup! Or work in logistics for the America’s cup etc etc etc.

    • Just a Bermudian, no more, no less says:

      How can you say this? I bet?

      Can we get over ourselves?

      It’s a known fact that employers and their Union rig the system to make jobs appealing to foreign Labour, and most unappealing to Bermudians.

      It’s Bermuda economics 101.

      This is what our Unions should be fighting over! Where is the PC, Trade Union Congress on this?

      Where are my PLP? Where is the OBA?

      There is a deafening silence in this country!

      In this decimated economy it seems money rules, regardless of politics, ethnicity, unions, social consciousness groups or religious groups.

      This is something I believe over 80 percent of this country would rally around if the above groups would stop advocating for themselves.

      We see it every day, in our daily lives, employment abuses from restaurants to nannies to semi professionals to IB to even Government!

      The top half of the economic ladder encourage, what realistically can economically be considered, realistically slave wages for the bottom half to essentially make their position better.

      Make your position known, now, or move to subsidized living in an English Ghetto and move the inevitable eventual to a hell home for displaced Bermudians.

      During my PLP’s terms of Governance I begged and pleaded to get a system in place to accurately monitor emigration to England as we all saw our neighborhoods changinging in ethnicity. My MP’s were knocking on doors and finding foreign Labour, tenants, the owners were in England. Ask any Prospect MP or past potential MP! They all ignored it, and encouraged it, got ppl off the balance sheet financially.

      Mass emigration to the U.K. happened over a decade ago. And like dominos falling, those that got chased out, financially harassed through Government policies, even and especially during the “platinum period”, paved the way forward for more to fall. Bermudians through social media and friends and family were painting accurate pictures of new found prosperity in their new homeland.

      The social construct in the U.K. is to provide for every citizen, a roof over their head, electricity, heat, transport, cell phones, food and education. All subsidized through a progressive taxation system.

      Why have are our MP’s, sitting and potential, been silent on this, for near on a decade and a half?

      And it’s not just the U.K. and it’s not just those disadvantaged financially. During this same 15 year time frame I’ve seen my educationally advanced peers leave for a host of continents, with no intention of redomiciling here.

      It’s amazing that neither Party has addressed this or are pushing for electronic, world wide electronic voting in the run up to the next election. Almost every first world country has this.

      It’s been over 15 years people!

      Let’s pause, and think,

      Where are we heading?

      On another note, whilst seeing friends leaving Bermuda to live and work in Halifax I saw the first Aecon Container delivered to the airport today. It’s sitting right outside of Boulevard Cafe.

      Can’t miss it, it has Aecon stenciled in 4 foot letters. Ironic, I see off my Bermudian friends, for the last time and Aecon drops their first container.


  5. Rocky5 says:

    IF WE HAD continued the trends of 2011 – 2012* – PLP Govt., our total workforce at the end of 2015 would ONLY be approx. 29,575 instead of 33,319 (OBA Govt.) a whooping 3,744 LESS JOBS. Thank God OBA won in 2012 and hope they win in 2017 otherwise we will quickly go back to 2011 – 2012 massive job losses.
    *Source – Bda. Govt. Dept. of Statistics – The Bermuda Job Market Briefs published June 2016.

    • hmmm says:

      Exactly … PLP think we are stupid and they can get away with their spin.

      Reality is the PLP are clueless and were spinning us into oblivion.

  6. Terry says:

    Oh F(*&
    Here we go again.

    “Non Bermudians”.

    Never mind.
    Same s*** different day

    Rum thyme.

  7. Sickofantz says:

    Another factor here is that Bermudians are a much older demographic. There are way more Bermudians in their sixties thant in their twenties. Henceforth a big reason for less Bermudians in jobs is retirement. Many on the large public sector pensions we are all of us (expats and PRC’s included) paying for.

  8. no love says:

    LOL….PLP boys and girls attacking the like and dislike buttons!

  9. Tom 1 says:

    Lol funny how some of these comments went from 0 to over 100 likes in the space of 5 minutes. Someone must be trigger happy over in Alaska Hall.

  10. inna says:

    Six comments and the pro-PLP like/dislike clickers have gone full fullish!

  11. Oh please says:

    Whatabouteism: definition

    Whataboutism is a term describing a propaganda technique used by the Soviet Union in its dealings with the Western world during the Cold War. When criticisms were levelled at the Soviet Union, the response would be “What about…” followed by the naming of an event in the Western world

    When you deflect criticism by pointing out flaws in your opponent, specifically using the phrase “what about x?” This is an attempt to excuse you from changing you behavior by painting your opponent as a hypocrite.
    Dad: Son, you haven’t cleaned your room in two years. Please clean it up.

    Son: Why are you always telling me to clean my room? What about YOUR room?

  12. 32n64w says:

    Can Mr. ‘cherry picker’ Rabain please comment on the 18k work permits issued during the PLP”s reign vs. the significantly reduced number currently in place? Or is that an inconvenient truth?

    • Earth watch police says:

      Every time the plp opens its mouth makes me vote for the other side .

    • Zevon says:

      That 18k covers about two years. In the 15 years of power it was more like 120,000 permits issued.

  13. sugraknab says:

    Old McDonald had a click farm,
    Ee eye (click) ee eye (click) oh (click click)….

  14. Garrus says:

    Oh look, more fake comment voting. Maybe try not to be so obvious you propaganda try hards.

  15. steve says:

    Mr Robain,do you believe your own words or have you been convinced that because you involved yourself in politics you can say anything you want as long as it criticizes your adversary?The OBA are All real Bermudians! I thought you would be a helpful addition to the countrys political scene and I was wrong, all we got was a Walter Roban protege.

  16. Kevin says:

    at least its an increase what your party (plp) did to our beautiful country over 14 years you seriously cant expect to be given back the reigns . The plp cannot manage its as simple as that we need the OBA to continue this recovery and bring our country back to economic safety and ALL Bermudians will be financially stable.

  17. Keepin' it Real!...4Real! says:

    LIKE this comment ONLY if YOU aquired a JOB since the UPB…OBA… regained the reins.

    JUS CURIOUS…wanna hear it from the Horses mouth per say rather than any “official” prepared n edited statistic sheet.

  18. SpinCycle says:

    MP Rabain found all the out of work Bermudians jobs… he pays them to like and dislike comments on his articles!

  19. Average Bermudian says:

    Words can be twisted backwards and forwards

    But numbers do not lie.

  20. JT says:

    go to school, graduate from university, be a nurse, doctor, accountant and you can have a job. stop whining when you lack local professionals.

    • Aware says:

      Or take a job in hospitality where we have lots of low level work permits

    • PBanks says:

      Not that simple. There have been accountants without jobs, IT guys without jobs. Even “safe” fields of study aren’t what they used to be.

  21. Be Realistic says:

    Fewer overseas employees = fewer residents

    Fewer residents = less dollars being spent

    Less dollars being spent = reduced turnover for Market Place, Lindo’s, Arnolds, Belco, Bermuda Gas, Auto Solutions, Bermuda Motors, Coopers, Gibbons, Marks and Spencer, Makin Waves, Rubis, Esso, Liberty Theatre, Speciality Theatre, Speciality Grill, Pickled Onion, Frog and Onion, KFC, Mr. Chicken, Pasta Basta, Steven’s Lunch wagon…..need I continue

    Less Turnover for all of the above = reduced profits

    Reduced profits = reduction of workforce.

    Reduction of workforce = continued number of Bermudian’s who are unable to pay their mortgage….probably based on unrealistic loan agreements made in the hey day when lending was irresponsible….

    On the other hand Mr. Rabain…..Increase the number of residents and all this will change.

    This is really really simple economics….even a school child understands this….

    I don’t see how else it can be explained, if you still don’t get it then you prove even further how you lack the skills for the position you hold

    • Beach Bum says:

      Well said

    • Pooh Bear says:

      He didn’t take economics in school, IIRC. It shows.

    • mixitup says:

      Or you can look at it like this..

      2000+ Unemployed Bermudians
      1000+ Under Employed Bermudians
      2000+ Bermudians who have given up and moved abroad.

      5000+ Bermudians who would love the opportunity to be employed in their country and contribute to the economy but are being overlooked in favor of the foreign worker…

      So what is this Gov’t doing to make this country livable for it’s citizens? NOTHING… I’m a middle class earner and struggle to make ends meet, no vision in sight of being able to purchase property in my own country, all while this Gov’t relaxed the rules allowing more foreign ownership of land…

      I wish you people would stop acting dumb and pulling all the excuses out of the book of alternative facts.

      • Bermudian says:

        And what will the PLP do to create this amount of jobs? The civil service is already severely bloated! Neither government had or has done enough to make conditions ripe for private business to flourish. Without a robust population the economy remains stagnant. As someone else said the PLP gave out more work permits than any government in the history of Bermuda so where was the People’s Campaign back then? Surely we had many problems during the PLP years but we didn’t have any of these campaigns around to hold them accountable. I seriously want to know what the PLP is going to do to change our economy for the better? To me the PLP getting in is just one hand in the cookie jar changing for the other.

    • aceboy says:

      They know. They gave out more work permits than any party in Bermuda’s history.

      They ran the country with consultants and advisors…..occasionally ignoring them to give us things like Grand Atlantic.

      This is just the PLP returning to their age-old xenophobia rhetoric to back up their claim of anti-Bermudian policies.

      Really quite amusing after their support of Tweed.

    • Gustav says:

      indeed , kick out all the foreigners as well as all foreign companies.
      then the ‘real bermudians’ can sell their home made mango juice to someone who still has money

      • PBanks says:

        Man you couldn’t even choose a crop that actually grows here like loquats or Surinam cherries?

        • mixitup says:

          Where in the hell do you see anyone discussing kicking anyone out the country? If 5000 Unemployed Bermudians have to sit back and watch work permits handed out like halloween candy, that’s a problem.. If those 5000 Bermudians cannot contribute to their success or the success of their country, that is a problem.. Work Permits should indeed be handed out, but only after a concerted effort is made to ensure that the populace is given the first opportunities in their country, and the Gov’t is meticulous in making sure of this! This Gov’t is NOT… And don’t give me that old line of Bermudians being qualified, because I know of many professional locals who do not have work, degreed locals, experienced locals…Anyone who is not outraged at this, should be ashamed to be Bermudian. I do expect that the flood of PRC’s and Paper Bermudians commenting would think otherwise, so that part is no suprise….Oh well how do you know this by the comments you ask? Because Bermudians want what’s best for Bermudians. There is no way a Son of this soil would celebrate, excuse or justify these unacceptable numbers, that’s how.

          • Jus' Wonderin' says:

            What’s the difference between a Born Bermudian and a Paper Bermudian? Everyone has it stamped on their passport!

  22. mixitup says:

    I won’t even pretend I’m suprised, I flew in on Air Canada the other day and counted ten people in the Tourist line and the rest in the Work Permit & “Bermudian” line, this from a flight 90% full…. And they did not look like the majority of the populace of this Island…. Maybe they were the new “Team Bermudas New Airport” I really hope that people are paying close attention to whats going on in the country..

    • Comfortably numb says:

      Why the inverted commas around “Bermudian” in your comment or are you another of those racists who believe you have to be black to be Bermudian?

    • Zevon says:

      So why is “Bermudian” in inverted commas in your comment?

      Like we don’t know.

    • Pooh Bear says:

      Felt threatened, did you?

  23. Bermyman says:

    Lol! The PLP have no ideas, no solutions! Commission hands in its report soon !!

  24. Sandgrownan says:

    Took him all weekend to come up with that? Even by his usual standards, that was pretty weak sauce

  25. Micro says:

    What really matters here is what specific jobs these non-Bermudians are actually filling and whether or not qualified Bermudians applied for them.

    Comment on those statistics as well Mr. Rabain. Not to mention, an increase and workforce of non-Bermudians still creates tax dollars, and dollars spent in local business by these individuals.

  26. Rasta says:

    More PLP gibberish.

  27. sid says:

    When there is so much to criticize about this budget, what does the PLP do? Bash foreigners, of course.

    This demonization of guest workers is no different than what the far-right parties do in Europe.

    • Pooh Bear says:

      Generally requires the least amount of thought/effort and will get the sheeple motivated to demonstrate in some form or other – let’s not forget, summer’s on its way!!

    • Humphrey says:

      When Trump passes that tax law and force’s all there companies to leave we shall see what it like to have no one here so keep it up pop biu and the rest of the country will suffer

  28. Ok says:

    The rate of jobs for Bermudians is raising in England tho. Hippocrates. F the trump Bermudians and the PLP

    • Pooh Bear says:

      Up your dose. The meds are wearing off
      Ever hear of Brexit?….hint – it’s not alt meds for you.

  29. Huh says:

    It amazes me when the like/dislike comments are in favor of the OBA you hear nothing but when the majority are NOT in favor then the PLP has paid bloggers. SMH I wonder what the OBA supporters are going to say when the votes at the next election favor the PLP.

  30. just wondering says:

    News Flash!! “Non Bermudians” is NOT a job category contrary to what the shadow minister appears to think!! That in itself is cause for concern

  31. Symonds says:

    Typical of most of you would have negative response because the grass is green on your side It is the truth what Mr. Rabain is speaking. The OBA is like Donald Trump who is now putting the blaming on Obama. They need to stop the blaming and get on with their job to assist the lower income people. Most of you bloggers are foreigners, who should shut up and be concerned about what is happening in your home town. Rev. Tweed has nothing to do with what he is speaking about. Always trying to use your sneaky tactics to get over what the truth is. We are not fools and are not going to stand for the crap.

    • Earth watch police says:

      Symonds is genivive bermudian if not then the plp should take him to the airport and put him on the next plane outta here as I’ve heard them say that about foreigners in the past.

    • bdaboy says:

      “They need to stop the blaming”

      who? the plp? that’s all they know how to do though.

      “Most of you bloggers are foreigners”

      How do you know? You’re a blogger, I guess you’re a foreigner who needs to stfu as well.

      “Rev. Tweed has nothing to do with what he is speaking about. ”

      You don’t know what the meaning of hypocrite is.

      “. Always trying to use your sneaky tactics to get over what the truth is.”

      The plp again? Yes, they lie, they avoid questions, they make up facts…it’s obvious.

      “We are not fools and are not going to stand for the crap.”

      Uh, yes, you are. You’re fools.

  32. Yummy says:

    Examples of broken promises, anti-Bermudian policies and deception please??? Or do you have to deceive