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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Government establish recruitment Policy for offshore labour markets

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, in consultation with the Ministry of Commerce, is putting together a government mechanism to facilitate the recruitment of citizens wishing to work in the seasonal labour markets offshore.

Seasonal labour employment is a form of labour mobility which enables local unskilled or semi-skilled workers to find jobs in the overseas labour markets such as New Zealand’s Recognized Seasonal Employer (RSE) Work Policy.

The RSE is open to Pacific Islands States, including Solomon Islands, to send seasonal workers to work in the area of horticulture and viticulture industries.

Many of the Pacific Islands countries have already established their internal recruitment mechanisms and have already benefited by sending workers to New Zealand under the RSE.

Solomon Islands is required to establish a similar recruitment arrangement so that proper procedures are followed and monitoring of labour movement can be assessed.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade is taking the approach following recent concerns that some people are allegedly taking advantage of the opportunity by promising job offers in New Zealand under the RSE in return for money.

The Permanent Secretary, Supervising, Mr Senda Fifii said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade is committed to putting in place this recruitment mechanism and assure the public to follow procedures to avoid fraudulent activities in the recruitment process.

Source: Pipolfirst

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