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Homes sought for temporary construction workers

Homes sought for temporary construction workers

Monday 11 April 2022

Homes sought for temporary construction workers

Monday 11 April 2022


Recent changes to employment rules allowing for construction staff from outside the UK to work in the island for nine months have been welcomed by the industry – and the hunt is now on for accommodation for the new temporary workers.

To address staffing pressures as a number of large construction projects get underway in Jersey, the Government this month introduced a new flexible work permit.

The update to the immigration system means that blue-collar recruitment agencies can directly employ people from outside the Common Travel Area (CTA) to work on projects where needed, rather than be tied into a single employer on a fixed-term permit.

GR8 – whose Managing Director, Lee Madden, has been working closely with Government to find solutions to staffing gaps in the hospitality and constructionsectors – welcomed the move.

While Mr Madden said the firm would be taking advantage of this new route, he noted that accommodation would be needed for the temporary workers.

The firm is now on the hunt for shared accommodation to house its employees, who will share the rental cost with the business who is using their services.

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Pictured: Mr Madden said the rental cost would be shared between employer and employee.

“Brexit and covid have had a significant impact on Jersey’s ability to recruit and retain people to work in all sectors but as we move towards rebuilding the economy, the construction sector will need more people than are currently available in the island,” Mr Madden explained.

“There are already a number of large construction projects in progress and as more come online, we need to be in the position to meet the demand for skilled construction staff. We have a ready route to recruit people from outside the CTA and we are identifying premises for them to live in while accommodation remains an issue in Jersey. This accommodation will be affordable and will have no impact on local housing.”

He added: “We wanted to find a way that was flexible enough to guarantee 40 hours of work per week. This solution provides Jersey with another avenue to bring people in without putting a strain on the local infrastructure. The lifeblood of any business is its people, and we need to find ways to support those that come here and support our businesses and our economy.”

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Posted by Private Individual on
This is nothing more than a private company bringing in cheap labour that undercuts local tradesmen. This should not be allowed as it is fueling the price rises with regards to rented accommodation.

Local tradesmen are being put at a disadvantage as they have big overheads to pay, social security, income tax, rent, and mortgages. This is just another company taking advantage of low-paid labour.
Posted by June Summers Shaw on
Back in the 1970's it was very common for household's to take "PG's" or paying guests. Given that there is a huge rise in the cost of living, this might be something that could benefit families and workers. I am aware of someone who would be interested but in accepting someone but the " rent" would put them over the threshold for a benefit they receive.
My suggestion is therefore that "income" from such an arrangement would not be taxable or taken into consideration by the Social Security Department when assessing qualifying benefits. In that way, everyone ( even the Government who acknowledge that we need these temporary workers and would get their Social Security payments and tax) benefit.
Posted by Scott Mills on
It's not great for local trades people,but to be honest, we don't have enough. A huge amount have left the island (yes people do leave this beach magical island), this is the only remedy if you want to eat out and have your extension done within the next year.
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