17 Dec 2013

Clarification wanted around occupations reserved for ni-Vanuatu

3:00 pm on 17 December 2013

Business owners in Vanuatu want more details about the addition of seven occupations to the reserved list for ni-Vanuatu.

The addition of new vocations, which include engineers and cashiers, is aimed at promoting jobs for locals but some critics say the categories are too vague.

Company owner and Chamber of Commerce tourism sector spokesperson, Bryan Death, says the changes weren't discussed with the private sector before being passed in parliament.

He says there are cases where a business needs a technically qualified person to fill a position, who cannot be found within the indigenous population.

"There is some very broad categories mentioned in that and the category of engineer is far too broad and we need to see the full content of what the State Law Office is preparing for gazetting."

Bryan Death says the Chamber of Commerce has since discussed the issue with the Commissioner for Labour and he's given assurances the change won't impact on general work permit applications for foreign workers.