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Labour Minister Emphasises Need To Advertise Skilled Jobs

Labour Minister Dr. Virginia Albert-Poyotte has emphasised the need for Saint Lucia employers to advertise jobs for skilled individuals.

“It is an obligation of all employers to advertise the positions, allow persons to apply and then they select the best person for the job,” the Minister noted.

However, Albert-Poyotte said that there may not be enough Saint Lucians to fill vacancies for highly skilled positions.

She disclosed  in that case, consideration would be given to employing individuals from overseas.

“I am responsible for issuing work permits, and I have to examine the applications to ensure that the skills requested and the persons coming in to work, although we have CSME which is free movement within CARICOM,” the veteran former trade unionist stated.

“We must ensure that we have persons in Saint Lucia who have skills. If they do not have the skills, then we can give some consideration to persons coming from the outside,” Albert-Poyotte told reporters.

Observing that Saint Lucia’s unemployment rate was decreasing, she declared that workers would be in high demand.

“I want to ensure that Saint Lucians are given priority,” the Minister explained.

She said she would try to get the Labour Department to act as a clearinghouse for employment seekers to register their skills.

Albert-Poyotte said that when employers want workers, the department can refer them to individuals who have expressed an interest.

“That is something we have to address so that we do not leave our people out while we bring people from overseas to work here,” the Minister stated.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Is this woman daft? Is that the best we can do for leadership? You have any idea how much of a waste of time it is to be sifting through hundreds of resumes that are unrelated to the job post. The best option has always been head hunting and will always be.

  2. While St Lucians is at a level of Job lost, slaves employees are mistreated by the employers, labour minister has no symphathy for a minimum wage of fifteen dollars an hour ⚖️ and not three cents an hour,yet willing to give the bread to foreigners..
    LORD ❗put a helping hand, make ⚖️ justice !!

  3. I heard it through the grape vine , that the minimum wage will be 6 EC dollars an hour

  4. Because you guys are so myopic. Big countries take into consideration experience and having acquired tertiary level education in a similar field. Here you state a bachelor degree in Business Adminstration but someone with a Masters in Management won’t qualify even with all the required experience because their paper says Management and not Business Adminiatration ….clown country ruled by clown people

  5. In your mind minister of labourere, you stated that if the locals don’t have the qualification or mister degrees, you will welcome foreigners fit in the post…
    But locals can trained themselves and be qualified just like foreigners who trained and have degrees…
    St Lucians
    Hear those who you choose to governs..
    Yet cannot meet the needs of the poor and needy concern citizens, but their plan is to welcome foreigners to take their bread and causes St Lucians 🇱🇨 to stumble…
    Wake UP St Lucians 🇱🇨,watch your bread !!

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