Government released a new of changed categories for jobs off-limits to work permit holders, with an extended moratorium of five months, from the start of the new year until the end of May 2023.

According to Minister for the Economy and Labour, Jason Hayward, “guest service agents” have been added to the list of more than 40 jobs closed off.

“General bartenders” have also been moved off the list of “closed” categories.

There are now 46 jobs closed to work permit holders, with a further 11 listed as “restricted”.

“Regarding General Bartending, ongoing college courses and training courses are being planned in partnership with local employers,” a spokesperson said.

“We must ensure that Bermudians can secure employment in this field upon completion.”

The new list of Closed job categories is as follows:

  • 1 Administrative Assistant
  • 2 Airline Ground Agent
  • 3 Bank Teller
  • 4 Carpet Installer
  • 5 Cashier
  • 6 Childcare Assistant
  • 7 Courier
  • 8 Customer Care/ Service Rep
  • 9 Debt Collector
  • 10 Deckhand
  • 11 Dispatcher Road Transport
  • 12 Entertainer/ Musician
  • 13 Executive Secretary/Assistant
  • 14 Fisherman
  • 15 General Bartender
  • 16 General Labourer
  • 17 Golf Instructors
  • 18 Grocery Packer
  • 19 Guest Service Agent
  • 20 Handyman
  • 21 HR Officer/ Manager
  • 22 Interns
  • 23 Laundry Attendant
  • 24 Legal Clerk
  • 25 Librarian
  • 26 Office Receptionist
  • 27 Painter
  • 28 Para-Professional
  • 29 Photographer
  • 30 Pool/Beach Attendant
  • 31 Public Relations Officer
  • 32 Real Estate Agent
  • 33 Retail Floor Supervisor
  • 34 Room Attendant
  • 35 Salesperson
  • 36 Seasonal Work Permits
  • 37 Security Guard
  • 38 Senior Clerk
  • 39 Taxi Driver
  • 40 Teaching Aide
  • 41 Technician salesperson
  • 42 Telephone Switchboard Operator
  • 43 Tourist Retail Salesperson
  • 44 Travel Agent/ Consultant
  • 45 Wallpaper Technician
  • 46 Warehouse Clerk

“As previously stated, the current list of Restricted job categories included under the Work Permit Policy has been revised to remove General Bartender and place it in the Closed job categories. The current list of Restricted job categories is as follows:

  • 1 Dish/ Pot Washer
  • 2 Electrician
  • 3 General Carpenter
  • 4 General Mason
  • 5 Kitchen Assistant
  • 6 Kitchen Porter
  • 7 Landscape Gardener [Entry Level]
  • 8 Plumber
  • 9 Residential/ Commercial Cleaner
  • 10 Tennis instructor
  • 11 Waiter/ Server

“According to the Work Permit Policy, Section 3.7, the application process for jobs in the Restricted category is the same as that for the Open category, except the employer must:

  • a Apply for a maximum term of one [1] year; and
  • b Submit evidence that any candidates screened and recommended by the Department of Workforce Development [DWD] have been appropriately considered. DWD is expected to respond to enquiries by employers within ten [10] working days. Should no response be forthcoming from DWD, the employer may submit the application with written evidence that they made enquiries.

“The partner of a Bermudian, Permanent Resident Certificate holder, Non-Bermudian on a work permit, or other legal resident of Bermuda who has already received permission to reside may now apply to seek employment. Partners who do not have permission to reside may apply to reside and seek employment. Further details on Partner-Genuine and Subsisting Relationships are available online at gov.bm.

“The Ministry of Economy and Labour appreciates the current challenges within our labour market and the significant impact the pandemic has had on many local businesses. Our aim is always to ensure the effective use of policies that create jobs for Bermudians.

“Individuals looking to increase their skillsets and employability are always encouraged to register with the Department of Workforce Development at dwd@gov.bm and explore more options for further education through the Bermuda College at www.college.bm.”