(CMR) Bermuda has extended a ban on work permits in more than 40 job categories for another three months.
The moratorium which was imposed in November and scheduled to end April has been extended until the end of July.
Bermuda's Labor Minister announced earlier this week that residential cleaners have been added to the list, which brought the number of closed categories up to 41.
Hayward said the move, under section 3.6 of the work permit policy, was made because of the continued impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Bermudian workers, The Royal Gazette reported.
The country's Department of Workforce Development had secured training, professional development, and internships for 176 unemployed Bermudians.
The department has also worked with human resources professionals to get training and career development opportunities for people out of work, .
Hayward said as the COVID-19 pandemic continue to affect the country, it “is important to continue with strong measures to encourage the hiring of Bermudians in the workforce.”
The restricted categories include: Bank Teller, General Bartender, Commercial Cleaner, Residential Cleaner; Fisherman; Travel Agent/Consultant, Administrative Assistant, Room Attendant, Kitchen Porter, Dish/Pot Washer, Kitchen Assistant (or similar), Tennis Instructors, Golf Instructors, Handyman, Reporters/Journalists, HR Officer/Manager, Customer Car/Service Rep, and Seasonal Work Permits.
Interns, Carpet Installer, Entertainer/Musician, Technician salesperson, General Carpenter, Landscape Gardener (entry-level), Photographer, Waiter/Server, Personal/Executive Assistant, Barber, Senior Clerk, Warehouse Clerk, Security guard, Laundry Attendant, Real estate agent, Teaching Aide, Paraprofessional, Legal executive, Librarian, Public Relations Officer, Child care assistant, Electrician, and Plumber.