Increase in J'can hotel workers to US in 2016

January 19, 2017
Labour Minister, Shahine Robinson (fifth left) and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Collette Roberts Risden (fourth right), with United States employers who are in the island recruiting Jamaicans for the hotel sector in that country at the Hilton Rose Hall resort in Montego Bay, St James.

Labour Minister Shahine Robinson said there was a 19 per cent increase in the number of Jamaicans who gained employment through the United States (US) hotel programme in 2016, compared to 2015.

Robinson said the 2016 figure was the highest number of Jamaicans to participate in the programme since 2007.

Some 2,300 Jamaicans were placed in hotels in the US, compared to 1,927 in 2015.

Robinson said the trend of recruiting more Jamaicans for the programme is expected to continue this year, with several new employers added to the group.

She pointed out that among the employers now seeking workers is Homestead Resort, which has been employing Jamaicans since the 1970s.

"This is testament of the long-standing relationship that we share with employers and that we value," she said.

Robinson met with a number of US hotel employers in Montego Bay on Tuesday.

The employers, who are from Colorado, North Carolina and Michigan, are seeking to recruit 260 employees for their companies.

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