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Ready to serve? The challenge of empowering Caymanians in tourism

Tourism businesses say they are taking on the challenge of putting Caymanians at the forefront of tourism as the island prepares to reopen its borders. But the reality of trying to recruit and retain local talent is more complex than many believe. The Compass takes a deeper look at the issue through the eyes of one restaurant.

Focus must be on employing Caymanians

During this election season, the perennial issue of securing jobs for Caymanians remains high on the agenda. When COVID hit, it was hoped that...

Hundreds attend Employing Cayman job fair

Several hundred Caymanians attended a job fair at the Marriott Beach Resort on Saturday hoping to land one of the at least 80 roles participating employers had committed to fill at the event.

The Future Is Code

As technology advances rapidly, so does the need for the skills that drive this progress.

Employers to hire Caymanians ‘on the day’ at job fair

Caymanians looking for work have the chance to get hired on the spot, according to organisers of a new job fair set to take place 20 March. 

Three-month stipend for unemployed tourism workers

Retraining out-of-work Caymanians to play a bigger role in the stayover tourism industry will be part of the focus of a new three-year plan for the stricken sector. A 3-month stipend and an increase in scholarship funding are also being put in place to ease the transition.

More than 1,000 jobless tourism workers register with government

More than 1,000 Caymanian tourism workers have applied to the government for assistance after losing their jobs in the industry, Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell said in a statement Wednesday.

Bermuda copying Cayman’s pension cash-out

Bermuda is following a move by the Cayman Islands that allows residents to withdraw a portion of their pension savings to help them cope with the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Work-from-home shift taxes internet infrastructure

As work patterns shift from office to home, Cayman’s telecommunications infrastructure is feeling the strain. Wireless internet and cellphone networks are suddenly dealing with traffic they were not built to handle, says Alee Fa’amoe, executive director for information and communications technology at OfReg.

Application deadlines near for help for expat workers

The Ministry of Community Affairs issued a statement Thursday saying that the deadline for unemployed work-permit holders to submit applications for food vouchers is Sunday, 31 May.

Grants for small businesses largely untapped

During the current economic crisis, many small businesses are leaving free government assistance money on the table. The Cayman Islands Centre for Business Development has so far only received 320 applications for grants that pay struggling businesses three monthly payments of $1,000 as working capital support.

Finance minister spells out ‘stark reality’ of COVID economic impact

The Cayman Islands is facing a double digit drop in gross domestic product and a local unemployment rate of almost 20% as a result of the coronavirus crisis, Finance Minister Roy McTaggart said Wednesday.

Reopening of economy on course as most COVID cases asymptomatic

The rest of the construction and retail sector could open next week under certain conditions, Premier Alden McLaughlin said Wednesday.

WORC asks employers to report cancelled work permits

Workforce Opportunities and Residency Cayman has reminded employers of their legal obligation to notify the department if employment of any staff member has ended.

Employers to foot bill for work-permit holders’ isolation

All work-permit holders returning to Cayman will be required to isolate for 14 day at government’s isolation facilities, but it will be on their employers’ dime, according to new conditions released on Friday.

More than 1,450 business licences issued in 7 weeks

The Department of Commerce and Investment has processed and issued more than 1,400 trade and business licences since 25 March. This includes 305 new licences, 1,014 renewals and 136 licence amendments.

BritCay asks for patience with pension withdrawals

British Caymanian Insurance Company Limited has asked its customers for patience as it processes thousands of pension-withdrawal applications triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Resilience Cayman preparing for long-term social impact of COVID-19

The Cayman Islands is just weeks into a period of social and economic disruption that could last for years, according to the founder of a new non-profit organisation.

Work-permit holders can return but must pay isolation costs

The government announced Friday that work-permit holders will be allowed to return to the Cayman Islands on incoming flights, but will need to spend two weeks at an isolation facility at their own cost.

Phased reopening of construction industry begins next week

Government is pushing ahead with its plans to reopen Cayman’s construction industry through a phased approach beginning next week, Premier Alden McLaughlin has announced.

Economics in the time of COVID

If Cayman borrows the aforementioned US$1 billion, it could use the vast majority of that to inject equity capital via a venture fund into entrepreneurialism in Cayman. This fund would need to operate commercially, free from undue government interests, and run in a professional fiduciary capacity for the Cayman Islands. It would help catalyse thoughts that were previously unthinkable, it would help fund ventures that were previously unfundable, and help break entrenched interests that were previously unbreakable.

Gradual reopening of economy on course, despite 3 new COVID cases

Government remains hopeful that the phased reopening of the economy can continue despite a handful of frontline workers testing positive for the coronavirus in the latest screening.

Ask the Experts: Pension holiday and withdrawals

Join us on Facebook live at 12pm for an Ask the Experts roundtable discussion on pensions. Representatives from the Chamber Pension Plan, Island Heritage and Saxon Pensions will be answering your pension questions. 

Signs of a reopening economy

As Cayman gradually restarts its domestic economy, thousands of workers are being given the green light to return to their jobs as part of the first phase of reopening.
Cayman’s courts have ramped up their emergency contingency plan to counter COVID-19 issues.

Parts of Customs and Border Control Law incompatible with Bill of Rights

The Grand Court has ruled that Section 9 of the Bill of Rights covering 'Private and family life' must be considered by the Immigration Appeals Tribunal when considering whether a person can remain on island.
Downtown George Town is a quiet echo of its former self

Ask the Experts – Reopening the economy

Around 6,000 workers are expected to return to work in one capacity or another as the first phase of reopening Cayman's economy begins. Retailers,...
Atlantis submarine tours has gone into voluntary liquidation

Business closures, job losses mount as economic reality sets in

Snorkeling with Don Foster’s, relaxing at the beach at Calico Jack’s, plunging beneath the sea’s surface on a submarine with Atlantis and finishing it off with a night at Royal Palms. It sounds like the perfect vacation day in Cayman. Instead, it is a roll-call of some of the first business casualties of the coronavirus crisis.
Pension contribution suppression and withdrawal

FAQ: Pension holiday and withdrawals

Frequently asked questions regarding the Cayman Islands suspension and withdrawal of pension contributions.
Empty deckchairs at the Kimpton Seafire hotel lie empty.

Ritz, Kimpton furlough staff as economic crisis deepens

Hundreds of staff at hotels owned by Dart Enterprises are being offered temporary leaves of absence, or in some cases being laid off, as the economic crisis facing the tourism industry deepens.

Cayman gears up for phased reopening amid encouraging test results

A phased reopening of Cayman's domestic economy is expected to begin Monday after encouraging results from hundreds of screening tests for COVID-19 this week.
Department of Environmental Health dump trucks

Second Chances workers deployed with DEH

Ten former inmates attached to the Second Chances programme have been temporarily employed with the Department of Environmental Health,, according to Health Minister Dwayne Seymour.

Premier: Labour Law changes seek to reduce terminations

New Labour Law changes will now see employers continue to pay health insurance for dismissed employees for another 30 days while deferring severance packages for the same period.
Immigration & employment during the COVID-19 crisis

Immigration & employment Q&A roundup

Representatives from HSM Chambers joined us for a live Q&A, so you could have your questions answered directly by the experts.
Q&A: Ask the Experts - HSM Chambers

Q&A: Ask the Experts – HSM Chambers

Have questions about how COVID-19 impacts your immigration status? Are you an employer wondering what coronavirus restrictions mean for your businesses' ability to hire...
Cayman Islands labour law

Employers reminded to obey Labour Law

Government is warning local businesses that they are under an obligation to pay employees who have been terminated what they are owed under the law.
A number of workers have been reporting to the Workforce Opportunities and Residency Cayman (WORC) office as Cayman closes its borders to protect against the spread of COVID-19.

WORC changes operations as part of COVID-19 response

The Workforce Opportunities and Residency department has implemented policy changes to reduce public interaction as part of its COVID-19 response.the Workforce Opportunities and Residency department has also implemented policy changes to reduce public interaction.

Chamber gears up for Careers Expo

The Chamber of Commerce is expecting its 2020 Careers Expo at the University College of the Cayman Islands on Friday to attract more than 1,000 students and recent graduates.
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UCCI to host Chamber employment expo

More than 30 businesses plan to be on hand Friday, Feb. 23, at the University College of the Cayman Islands for the annual Chamber of Commerce Career Expo. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Johnson Hall.

College isn’t the only way to achieve your dreams

While college is an important and desirable rite of passage for many, policymakers must pay more attention to the segment of the population that is looking for different pathways into the middle class.

EDITORIAL — What work will look like in the ‘Age of AI’

Our job today is to educate our young people so they can grow up prepared to engage in meaningful, valuable – and, most importantly, available – work.

Report: More Caymanians looking for work

While the Cayman Islands’ overall unemployment rate stayed about the same, the number of unemployed Caymanians grew by 197 people between October 2015 and October 2016, according to a Labor Force Survey government released Wednesday. The Caymanian unemployment rate went from 6.2 percent in October 2015 to 7.1 percent in October 2016.

EDITORIAL – A Christmas toast to Cayman’s strong economy

The Cayman Islands has experienced five consecutive years of economic growth. That’s cause for early Christmas cheer (no mug of eggnog required).

Economic growth continues for 5th consecutive year

The Cayman Islands hit a milestone of five consecutive years of growth, government economists announced Friday, with the gross domestic product reaching $2.8 billion in 2015.

EDITORIAL – Labour Tribunal brushes off British dentist

“The case of the British dentist” begs for further examination, extensive drilling — and no false veneers.

EDITORIAL – The agony of hiring overseas

For our readers who may not have much experience with human resources, we’ll walk through the process required to hire one single employee and bring them to Cayman.

Prison staff applicants take fitness tests

The number of applicants for seven jobs in Her Majesty’s Prison Service in the Cayman Islands has been whittled down to 64 out of the original 128 vying for the positions.

Door-to-door employment survey to begin

Interviewers with the government’s Economics and Statistics Office are set to begin a new survey on employment in the Cayman Islands on Sunday. ESO workers plan to visit 1,401 randomly selected households across the islands over the next four weeks.

Cayman’s ‘boys in blue’ going gray?

Two-thirds of the officers currently employed in the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service are age 40 or above, while fewer than 5 percent of officers now wearing the RCIPS uniform are aged 28 years or younger, according to department statistics released to the Cayman Compass last week.

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The reality of trying to hire ‘100 percent’ Caymanian

On more than one occasion we are told they should get the job because they are entitled to it as a Caymanian, and feel they need to add nothing further other than “anyone could do this job.”

Services recruitment drive draws hundreds

More than 250 applications were submitted at a recruitment drive on Wednesday by those seeking to join the emergency and prison services.

Bloomberg: A college degree just might get you a side job

A lot of Americans are doing work on the side these days. This is not apparent in the monthly employment data, which showed only 4.6 percent of workers holding multiple jobs in June, down from more than 6 percent in the mid-1990s.

In Cayman, 9% don’t have A/C, and other facts at a glance

Cayman Islands government agencies collect all sorts of data every day, publishing much of it across more than a dozen websites.

Prisons official reinstated

A deputy prisons director who was fired in November 2015 over an incident in which another prison staffer was videotaped in the course of what was described as a covert investigation has won reinstatement.

‘Make Caymanians great again’

We must first create and rebuild the reputation we once had and enjoyed, while ensuring we have a sustainable environment for our own people before considering doing anything else.

Few college degree-holders registered with NWDA

Fewer than 100 Caymanians with university degrees who are unemployed are currently registered with the National Workforce Development Agency, government officials confirmed Monday.

Health City launches apprenticeship program

Health City Cayman Islands and the National Workforce Development Agency is inviting young Caymanians to join an apprenticeship program at the East End health facility.

‘Hollywood’ civil service gets more staff

The Cayman Islands civil service will have fewer “actors” but will likely gain additional employees as job vacancies are filled in the coming months, Deputy Governor Franz Manderson told the Legislative Assembly last week.

Ryder: Who cares for the carers?

Though often hidden, domestic workers are a fundamental part of the care economy, delivering in-home care services in both the informal and formal economy.
Cayman’s overall unemployment rate fell in spring 2015 to 4.2 percent.

Government anticipates rise in unemployment

A recent precipitous drop in the Cayman Islands unemployment rate is not expected to continue this year, according to government’s own estimates.

Premier: 33 people in Ready-2-Work

A government jobs program that pays private sector companies to “take a chance” on hiring unemployed Caymanians has nearly three dozen participants, Premier Alden McLaughlin said this week.

Second time’s the charm for prisons support officer

Prisons support officer Steve Miller says he “doesn’t believe in losing.”

Deputy governor says civil service ‘taking beating’ from lawmakers

The verbal “beating” Cayman Islands government workers sometimes receive from elected lawmakers has made some Caymanians reluctant to join the civil service, Deputy Governor Franz Manderson said Friday.

Women celebrate their Passport2Success

After 16 weeks in the Passport2Success program, it was an afternoon of success for the women who graduated from the program’s 19th cohort on April 22.

Report: Lack of skills, experience barriers to Caymanian employment

A government report on Caymanian unemployment found a lack of literacy and math skills, experience and knowledge were the primary reasons Caymanian applicants were not hired.

EDITORIAL – When 98 percent of NWDA clients are ‘not work ready’ …

The prospects of employment for the out-of-work Caymanian population are (pick your own description) “not pretty,” “challenging” or “grim.”

ICCI president to present at accrediting conference in US

David Marshall, president of the International College of the Cayman Islands, has been selected to present at an annual conference hosted by the largest school accrediting organization in the United States.

Students complete Red Sail internships

Red Sail Sports said goodbye last week to four students who had been with the company as interns since September.

Brac high school hosts career fair

Students from Layman E. Scott High School took part in the school’s career fair earlier this month, where representatives from 11 local companies met with the students.

Cayman Academy hosts first careers fair

Cayman Academy held its first careers fair on March 21, with 11 organizations exhibiting.
Woody Foster, president, Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce

Foster seeks long-term solution to employment problems

Grocery store boss Woody Foster says he has agreed to partner with government on its “back to work” program, but insists it must be more than a short-term solution.

Law says paroled convicts should register for jobs with NWDA

Convicted prisoners released on license after serving 60 percent of their sentence generally will be required to register with Cayman’s National Workforce Development Agency if they are not already employed upon their parole date.

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