Very few government departments, statutory authorities and publicly owned companies in the Cayman Islands have a majority of foreign workers staffing them, according to a report compiled earlier in the government’s fiscal year.
That’s despite nearly 1,600 non-Caymanian workers remaining employed within the Civil Service and various government authorities.
According to the survey done by the Portfolio of the Civil Service, as of 30 June, 2010, there were just five central government departments that had less than half Caymanian workers. Those include emergency communications, the audit office, counselling services, the governor’s office and legal affairs office.
The study noted seven central government departments were 100 per cent Caymanian employers and that 34 out of a total of 57 agencies employed 72 per cent or more Caymanians in their respective departments.
For statutory authorities and government owned-companies, there were three agencies that employed more than 50 per cent expatriate workers. They were the Cayman Islands Stock Exchange, the Children and Youth Services Foundation and the University College of the Cayman Islands.
The Health Services Authority, by far the largest statutory authority operating in Cayman, also employed a sizeable number of foreign workers – about 350 out of 738 people; roughly 47 per cent of its work force.
“On the 30th [of] June, the number of Caymanians employed within the public service was 4,283, representing 73 per cent of the public service,” the portfolio’s review stated.
Of the 81 public sector entities reviewed by the portfolio, eight of them employed more than 50 per cent foreign labour – about 10 per cent.
The large drop in the number of foreign workers in Cayman’s central government service over the past 18 months was noted in October by the government’s Economic and Statistics Office.
The Cayman Islands government service shed 500 foreign-born workers from public sector jobs since June 2009, according to the statistics office.
Records indicated a 35 per cent drop in foreign nationals working on contracts between June 2009 and June 2010. The numbers were noted in the statistics office half-year report on the local economy.
“The government…significantly reduced its compliment of foreign workers,” the July 2010 report stated. “During the review period, the number of non-Caymanian civil servants decreased by 35 per cent.”
According to the statistics office, some 1,411 foreigners were employed in the Civil Service in June 2009. A year later, that number had fallen to 911.
The human resources report compiled by the portfolio for 30 June actually put the number of foreign civil service workers at 1,021. That figure doesn’t include the number of non-Caymanians working in statutory authorities and government companies, which was put at 577 last June.
For the entire public sector, there were 1,598 foreign-born workers at mid-year 2010, the portfolio study revealed.