Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Isle of Man work permits in 'steady decline'

The amount of work permits issued to non-Manx workers has fallen by 40%, according to government figures.

The statistics, which were issued in the House of Keys on 25 October, show a reduction in the two-year period to the end of March 2011.

The number of permits issued between 2008 and 2009 was 9,800 compared with 5,900 between 2009 and 2011.

Economic development minister John Shimmin said the decline was partly due to heavier restrictions.

He added: "The slowdown in the economy since the global economic crisis which began in 2008 is also likely to be a factor. The only exception to the general trend is wholesale distribution."

Significant decrease

The government said the introduction of the Control of Employment (Exemptions) Order in 2009 has "widened the range of exempt employments", making it more difficult to apply for an Isle of Man work permit.

Following Tynwald's approval of the Order, the number of applications has decreased significantly.

In 2010 to 2011, the sector with the largest amount of work permits was the construction industry with 688, closely followed by medical and health with 632.

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