Intense Foreign Competition For Caribbean Labour

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Opportunities to work abroad continue to increase for Caribbean jobseekers, as a trend of foreign workers looking to this region to recruit continues.

According to Caribbean Employment Services Inc. CEO Joseph Boll, this trend will continue for the foreseeable future and it’s up to Caribbean businesses to make their best move.

“The data is clear: Caribbean labour is in high demand,” said Boll.

“Several of our region’s countries have long partnered with international bodies to facilitate employment programmes, but what we’re seeing now is something new. International labour market challenges that came about due to the pandemic are playing out in an unprecedented way in the Caribbean labour market and it’s both interesting and something to look out for.”

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Caribbean Employment Services Inc., a market-leading online talent acquisition service, has been closely monitoring these developments.

We recently noted a marked uptick in foreign companies specifically turning to the Caribbean to recruit new workers.

This is especially the case for the United Kingdom, which has been dealing with severe labour shortages.

However, it also applies for businesses in the United States.

Most recently, a North American company is seeking Barbadians to sign on for hospitality jobs based in the United States as part of the US Hospitality Workers’ Programme.

However, at the same time, this means Caribbean workers are in the ideal position to take
advantage of attractive work abroad opportunities.

Just within the past few months alone, Caribbean Employment Services Inc. has noted competitive recruitment in the Caribbean from employers in the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States.

Most employers are offering full relocation packages and even attractive sign-on bonuses.
Caribbean Employment Services Inc. noted that this could be a beneficial opportunity for
Caribbean natives to secure high-paying jobs in foreign currencies that may be stronger than or on par with that of their own home country.

Boll noted, however, that this does not mean Caribbean employers should throw in the towel.

“Several major workforce studies have shown that workers today value more than just
money on the job,” the CEO noted. “While local businesses may say they can’t compete with the US dollar, for example, there are other ways you can show your prospective and current employees that they matter and why they should stay. This is a key opportunity for
employers to listen to their workers and find innovative ways to fulfill their needs.”

Source: Caribbean Employment Services Inc.

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8 COMMENTS

  1. There will always be unhappy people where standards and polices are enforced. The truth is, when it comes to training health professionals; like it or not, standards must be adhered too.

  2. You all can all go work for the white people, kissing their behinds, while dodging bullets from their police forces. Leaving your country backwards for the next generation to grow up in poverty. Playing right into their hands.

    • If the politicians were less corrupt these countries would be far more advanced. Take a look at Singapore for example. Slightly larger than St. Lucia no resources and hundreds of times larger GDP. Don’t blame the people giving up hope on these Caribbean shit holes and trying to make better for themselves elsewhere. But I get your point though.

      • Make better for themselves how? By chasing paper money with numbers on them? What is really happening is they go to these countries their labour provides far more value to these economies than they are compensated for. The person who signs the paycheques gets all that value and he comes back to the same countries the workers abandoned to buy up where the real “make better is” they buy up the land to use as leverage in business dealings or to store all that value from the workers labour. Then all the paper money these workers worked for, inflation comes and takes a chunk of that away and they come back to a country still struggling. The politicians are corrupt because they come from the crop of people who stay back while those who the country spent resources and investment educating take that investment and benefit some other country. Politicians don’t just magically be corrupt, there are no knowledgeable people filling the roles that knowledgeable people are needed for. They all went to some white person’s country.

  3. The nursing department at SALCC is the worst. The administration in my opinion need to be managing a zoo with wild animals and not a student body.

  4. I have read so many negative reviews about the administration at the Department of Nursing at SALCC. Why is the College not looking into that obvious adverse situation. Who is the Dean of the Department of Nursing at SALCC?

    • SALCC should be disbanded on all fronts. not just nursing. its a group of old folks, underqualified who have been hogging positions in every area that this college deals with. nepotism is real in that place. they should all be kicked out and those who work can stay after the reshuffling.

  5. That is certainly the reason why the Nurses are leaving. They feel unappreciated by the employer. On the other hand the Student Nurses at SALCC are also receiving disgusting treatment by the administration in the Nursing Department.

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