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Gov’t set sights on recruitment agencies, Suckoo welcomes planned employment changes

Government considers regulating recruitment agencies and it has the Opposition’s backing to do it.
Premier Hon. Alden McLaughlin made the announcement this week.
This as he discussed immigration and work permit reform in the Legislative Assembly.
Premier McLaughlin laid out his plans for reform in the House, setting his sights on recruitment agencies.

“There is considerable evidence to show that the processes they adopt are being abused or are abusive, I should say,” Mr. McLaughlin said.

He said he has put his Human Resources ministry team to work on the issue.

“I have already requested that my ministry explore the challenges surrounding these concerns and work to develop proposals for consideration which will bring a greater balance for all parties concerned. Quite frankly, we do not want to regulate the agencies out of existence,” Mr. McLaughlin told MLAs.

Deputy Opposition Leader Alva Suckoo stands with the Premier’s efforts when it comes to getting Caymanians on the job.

He said there are issues with some agencies.
“They string them along for quite a while and this has caused a lot of concern especially for Caymanians who have been out of the job market for a while and trying to find work,” said Mr. Suckoo.

Work on an online clearinghouse for jobs is progressing and Premier McLaughlin said businesses will be mandated to post vacancies there.

This follows on a motion brought by Mr. Suckoo and former MLA Winston Connolly.

“I am glad the government is going forward with it. I am happy to hear they are taking my ideas on board and that they are moving forward,” said Mr. Suckoo.

A policy to flag job openings six months before work permits come up for renewal is in the works and Mr. Suckoo said he’s on board with it.

“I do not see this as just an opportunity to play politics. I see this as I have to support the Premier in what he is doing, if I believe in it, and if I believe it’s the right thing and in this instance actually, I do believe he is making the right steps forward,” Mr. Suckoo said.

Mr. Suckoo said he does not believe that these changes will prevent businesses from attracting the best and the brightest to Cayman.

About the author

Reshma Ragoonath

Reshma Ragoonath

Reshma Ragoonath is a Trinidadian journalist with 18 years media experience with a strong background in print with her most recent stint at The Cayman Reporter. She has a BA in Mass Communications, as well as, an Associate degree in Journalism and Public Relations.

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