Update On Restricted And Closed Job Categories

May 30, 2024 | 6 Comments

The Ministry of Economy and Labour issued an advisory about the moratorium on new work permits issued for certain job categories.

A Government spokesperson said, “Effective June 1st, 2024, the Ministry of Economy and Labour advises the public that the moratorium on new work permits issued for the following Closed job categories is extended for three months, ending August 31st, 2024.

“The following list of Closed job categories is unchanged from the prior three-month period ending May 31st, 2024:

  • 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. Intern
  • 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

“The following list of Restricted job categories is also unchanged from the previous period:

  • 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 job categories is the same as that for the Open category, except the employer must:

  • Apply for a maximum term of one [1] year; and
  • 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 residents of Bermuda who have 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’s main aim is always to ensure the effective use of policies that create job opportunities for Bermudians. Closed and Restricted job categories encourage companies to consider and develop Bermudians in the workforce. As the employment landscape in Bermuda continues to shift, policy amendments will reflect the changes in demand.

“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 Bermuda College at www.college.bm.”

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  1. Joe Bloggs says:

    Can anyone explain to me the difference between a “15. General Bartender” and a “Bartender”?

    • Warwick says:

      perhaps to differentiate from a sommelier?

      • Joe Bloggs says:

        The are different things. I have worked as a bartender in Bermuda, I am no where near qualified to be a sommelier

  2. Rich says:

    Ah man, please open up taxis.

    What a joke the current service is. Try getting a Hitch on a week day evening, outside of central parishes or for a short journey anywhere other than Hamilton.

  3. Concerned Bermudian says:

    What an absolute joke. Immigration does not police any of these. They just say these are closed categories just to make it looking like they are helping. Immigration does not do anything to protect Bermudians in closed category roles. Fact.

  4. Deborah says:

    Waiter/server on the restricted list! Stop the nonsense! Look around at the regular restaurants…stocked with non-Bermudians! Im not convinced Bermudians cant be found to do these jobs! Seems they are not wanted, and particularly those who want to work period!

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