Update On Restricted & Closed Job Categories

December 28, 2022

The Ministry of Economy and Labour is advising the public of changes to the closed and restricted job categories, effective from January 1st, 2023, for five months.

A Government spokesperson said, “The Ministry of Labour will extend the moratorium on new work permits issued for the following Closed job categories for five months, ending May 31st, 2023.

“Please note that General Bartenders have moved from the Restricted list into the Closed category, and Guest Service Agents have been added to the Closed category. Regarding General Bartending, ongoing college courses and training courses are being planned in partnership with local employers. We must ensure that Bermudians can secure employment in this field upon completion.

“The new list of Closed job categories is as follows:

  • 1. Administrative Assistant
  • 2. Airline Ground Agent
  • 3. Bank Teller
  • 4. Carpet Installer
  • 5. Cashier
  • 6. Childcare Assistant
  • 7. Courier
  • 8. Customer Care/ Service Rep
  • 9. Debt Collector
  • 10. Deckhand
  • 11. Dispatcher Road Transport
  • 12. Entertainer/ Musician
  • 13. Executive Secretary/Assistant
  • 14. Fisherman
  • 15. General Bartender
  • 16. General Labourer
  • 17. Golf Instructors
  • 18. Grocery Packer
  • 19. Guest Service Agent
  • 20. Handyman
  • 21. HR Officer/ Manager
  • 22. Interns
  • 23. Laundry Attendant
  • 24. Legal Clerk
  • 25. Librarian
  • 26. Office Receptionist
  • 27. Painter
  • 28. Para-Professional
  • 29. Photographer
  • 30. Pool/Beach Attendant
  • 31. Public Relations Officer
  • 32. Real Estate Agent
  • 33. Retail Floor Supervisor
  • 34. Room Attendant
  • 35. Salesperson
  • 36. Seasonal Work Permits
  • 37. Security Guard
  • 38. Senior Clerk
  • 39. Taxi Driver
  • 40. Teaching Aide
  • 41. Technician salesperson
  • 42. Telephone Switchboard Operator
  • 43. Tourist Retail Salesperson
  • 44. Travel Agent/ Consultant
  • 45. Wallpaper Technician
  • 46. Warehouse Clerk

“As previously stated, the current list of Restricted job categories included under the Work Permit Policy has been revised to remove General Bartender and place it in the Closed job categories. The current list of Restricted job categories is as follows:

  • 1. Dish/ Pot Washer
  • 2. Electrician
  • 3. General Carpenter
  • 4. General Mason
  • 5. Kitchen Assistant
  • 6. Kitchen Porter
  • 7. Landscape Gardener [Entry Level]
  • 8. Plumber
  • 9. Residential/ Commercial Cleaner
  • 10. Tennis instructor
  • 11. Waiter/ Server

“According to the Work Permit Policy, Section 3.7, the application process for jobs in the Restricted category is the same as that for the Open category, except the employer must:

  • a. Apply for a maximum term of one [1] year; and
  • b. Submit evidence that any candidates screened and recommended by the Department of Workforce Development [DWD] have been appropriately considered. DWD is expected to respond to enquiries by employers within ten [10] working days. Should no response be forthcoming from DWD, the employer may submit the application with written evidence that they made enquiries.

“The partner of a Bermudian, Permanent Resident Certificate holder, Non-Bermudian on a work permit, or other legal resident of Bermuda who has already received permission to reside may now apply to seek employment. Partners who do not have permission to reside may apply to reside and seek employment. Further details on Partner-Genuine and Subsisting Relationships are available online at gov.bm.

“The Ministry of Economy and Labour appreciates the current challenges within our labour market and the significant impact the pandemic has had on many local businesses. Our aim is always to ensure the effective use of policies that create jobs for Bermudians.

“Individuals looking to increase their skillsets and employability are always encouraged to register with the Department of Workforce Development at dwd@gov.bm and explore more options for further education through the Bermuda College at www.college.bm.”

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  1. Vortex says:

    I thought the Government wanted to increase population numbers? At least that’s their latest narrative.

    It seems what the Government says it wants, and what it actually wants are very different. Bermuda remains a closed shop.

  2. Always Hopeful says:

    It’s very sad, Bermuda is dying a slow painful death with little hope of recovery under our current immigration regulations. Come on Bermuda you need to make some unpopular decisions to create a recovery. Stop protecting your jobs government and make the decisions you must know are the only hope for survival.

    • iyiyi says:

      Yes under our current immigration regulations , also known as our current government .