PM committed to BPO sector
Prime Minister Andrew Holness has committed to assisting members of the BPO sector to secure qualified labour.
Speaking at the Itelbpo 5th Anniversary Celebration And Housewarming in Montego Bay, St James last night, Holness said he understands the difficulties faced by companies in the sector to hire persons.
Holness says the government is working to address this problem through its Hope Programme.
Prime Minister Holness says the Hope Programme is designed to address the knowledge, skills and attitude of school leavers and place them in a frame of mind where they are ready to work.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister says the government is working to double the amount of floor space available in the country for the BPO sector by next year.
He says in February 2016 there were 44 BPO companies on the island, utilising 800,000 square feet and employing 18,500 workers.
He says that figure increased by 65 per cent in March this year, with 1.3 million square feet and a total of 50 companies.
The Prime MInister says by February 2018, an additional 1.3million square feet is expected to be added.
Holness says another 25,000 jobs will also be added to the BPO sector by that date.