“We have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Business Analyst (Business Relationship Manager) to live and work in the beautiful Cayman Islands in the Caribbean.”
(CMR) Is it possible for the Jackass of the Day to be the Human Resources of the Computer Services Department? Well … it seems to be the case!!!
Several persons reported a job advert for a Senior Business Analyst (Business Relationship Manager) that is worded to encourage applicants from overseas. We can assure the government there is no need to tailor these jobs in this manner to attract overseas applicants and purposely doing so is shocking, to say the least.
It is disappointing to see this preference for non-local workers, especially in the various government agencies and departments. Everyone is in agreement that the government should be leading by example and doing everything possible to hire qualified locals in senior government positions. When the private-sector breaches the basic immigration principles of hiring competent Caymanians first we are all up in arms about it. However, we see the government doing the same thing all the time especially in senior positions, heads of departments and agencies.
The government claims to care about this issue and on paper has put in a lot of work towards addressing the issue. However, there are many of us that remain concerned that there are no real teeth behind these initiatives. WORC now has a mandatory job listing portal – something we have long advocated for before it was taken up by the political arm. Whilst taking years to implement we understand that some companies and positions are exempted.
Is the Cayman Islands Government exempted themselves? Who is scrutinizing their job recruitment efforts?
This is another example of how the system is stacked against locals. Who really in their right mind thought that was appropriate wording for this job advertisement?
Of course, this is not the first time that the government has made this sort of glaring mishap in its hiring practices. In fact, it has been sued by a former HR manager after passing her and another senior Caymanian HR professional by for the position and given it to a lesser qualified man from Canada. The only experience relevant and certification he received was on the job while he was acting in the post for a number of months.
In recent news, there were concerns being raised about the fire chief brought her on a fixed-term contract to train a Caymanian into the post to only have his contract renewed for several more years. A Caymanian is often refused the opportunity to hold key positions in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Caymanians cannot get articles of clerkship under the tutelage of government despite there being numerous agencies and departments that they could work under and gain valuable experience.
It becomes challenging to understand how government can then mandate to the private sector that qualified Caymanians would be hired and promoted before anyone else.
This is particularly stinging during the pandemic – a time when the government says they will do anything to keep Caymanians employed and food on our tables. We just need to see them do that in the real world and not pay lip service to the people of this country.
We have no idea who drafted and approved this advert but we hope that being gifted the Jackass of the Day award will allow them to rethink who will be hired into this post!
Ironically we addressed the issue just last week Monday on The Cold Hard Truth in which an underqualified nail technician was given a job over a qualified Caymanian.
UPDATED: We have been informed that Claudia Barcelo drafted this job description and Leilani Eden is the HR Assistant for this department. British national Simon Spiers is head of the department. Where is the oversight from the Chief Officer?