Minister of Social Affairs: “Work permits now according to the law”
WILLEMSTAD - Employers who have a job vacancy will have to first register with the Ministry of Social Development, Labor and Welfare (SOAW). The employees of the Job Bank will check for local job seekers in the file that meet the requirements of the vacancy.
This was stated by the SOAW Minister Ruthmilda Larmonie Cecilia yesterday during the weekly press conference of the Council of Ministers.
The minister is thus giving effect to one of the recommendations from the report of the Curaçao Court of Audit (ARC) published earlier this year. The ARC called the situation that is going on now within the Ministry for issuing employment permits (work permits) a contravention to applicable procedures and thus is actually illegal.
The stricter procedures are designed so that more local people can find a job. Youth unemployment is now at 37.2 percent, which equates to more than 2,000 young people up to 24 years. On the other hand, it is a discouraging policy for employers who often tend to easily look for employees from abroad, arguing that they cannot find local people.