Gainful occupation permits that have expired can now be extended for up to three months to allow for ample time for repatriation arrangements and reopening of the airspace.

With over 5,700 gainful occupation permits (GOPs) set to expire before the end of the year, the Ministry of Employment, Immigration and Civil Status has put in place a special framework to address related issues caused by the pandemic.

The country’s unemployment rate for the first quarter of 2020 (January to March) was 4.8%, compared to 2.3% for the last quarter of 2019 (October to December), according to figures released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

President Faure chairs first review meeting

A first review meeting in preparation to re-open Seychelles to commercial flights on August 1 was held yesterday, bringing together stakeholders across all sectors in government and the private sector.

The high level committee for the integrated management system for the re-opening of Seychelles to commercial flights is chaired by President Danny Faure.

262 Seychellois, 198 expatriates made redundant

Two hundred and sixty-two (262) Seychellois and 198 expatriates have been made redundant, according to the labour department.

Director general for labour relation within the employment department, Steve Monnaie told the media in an interview yesterday morning at Independence House that from March to July 7, 2020, the department of employment in the Ministry of Employment, Immigration and Civil Status received 133 applications for redundancy involving 745 Seychellois and 466 expatriate workers. Forty-two (42) applications have been approved involving 262 Seychellois and 198 expatriates.

Key stakeholders from the employment department, labour associations, recruitment agencies and representatives from the Seychelles National Youth Council have learned of the different factors that contribute to multidimensional poverty in Seychelles.

People who are out of a job either as a result of the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, school leavers or others are being encouraged to seize the limited work opportunities offered to them.

The private sector, through the Seychelles Chamber of Commerce and Industries, yesterday presented its recovery and prosperity plan, a diureticto revive businesses, at the scheduled weekly meeting chaired by President Danny Faure at State House.

The plan is a proposal championing private-public partnership to re-build, re-energise and re-think the economy. 

Some 15 housekeepers from the Coral Strand Hotel and another group of construction workers yesterday took their unpaid salary, overtime pay grievances respectively to the employment department.

It was around 9.50am that the group of housekeepers was seen at Independence House after they had been received by employment officials.