PLANS to increase the time it takes to be qualify as ‘local’ in the job market from five to ten years are under discussion.
Housing Minister Terry Le Main, giving evidence yesterday to a Scrutiny panel, revealed that a new resident may have to wait ten years for both work and residential qualifications.
Currently under the Regulation of Undertakings Laws, a person is considered to be able to apply for any job after five years’ continuous residence.
Employers can freely recruit any Islander who has lived in Jersey for more than five years to fill any post that is vacant. However, they are restricted in the number of people they can employ who have been resident for less than five years.
Senator Le Main (pictured) told the Health and Housing Scrutiny panel that the Chief Minister’s Department were considering putting forward proposals that would increase the work qualification period to ten years.