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Jamaican firms outsourcing mostly top jobs – survey

Published:Thursday | May 4, 2017 | 5:32 PM

The National Labour Market Survey 2017 has found that most of the jobs being outsourced in Jamaica are for technical and skilled workers.

The survey says 57 per cent of the 660 firms which participated in the study did not outsource workers.

Forty-three per cent reported outsourcing jobs.

The survey says 27 per cent of the firms outsourced Professional or Technical jobs.

This was followed by 14 per cent that outsourced Skilled Workers in Production and Services.

Eight per cent of the firms outsourced services provided by Unskilled Workers in Production and Service, while five per cent outsourced Managerial services.

The survey, which covered firms from all sectors, also found that several Jamaican entities looking to employ persons in the 2014 to 2016 period faced great difficulties as many applicants were not ready for the working world.

Forty-three per cent of entities which were unable to fill vacancies said these were mainly skilled positions with only 37 per cent for unskilled positions.

It found that lack of work experience, underqualified applicants and bad impression of applicants during interviews were the top three difficulties entities encountered during the hiring process.