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'Flexi-work deal answer to youth unemployment'

Published:Monday | April 7, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Labour and Social Security Minister Derrick Kellier, who is piloting the flexi-work bill.-File

Labour and Social Security Minister Derrick Kellier says the introduction of the flexi-work arrangement, and the anticipated resulting positive economic spin-offs from doing so, could generate increased employment, particularly for Jamaica's youth.

He made this point while speaking at the first in the ministry's series of Regional Dissemination Sessions, at the Wexford Court Hotel in Montego Bay, on Friday, to present the findings and recommendations of a School-to-Work Transition Survey.

Kellier told the gathering of guidance counsellors, social workers, trainers, secondary-school students, employers, entrepreneurs, and other stakeholders that "... Ultimately, the answer to youth unemploy-ment, to unemployment overall, will be sustainable growth and development in the economy".

The minister noted that one major pillar of the Government's growth-inducement strategy is attracting local or foreign investments into areas such as agriculture, shipping, tourism, logistics, and business process outsourcing.

Against this background, he added, "You will understand why the newly introduced flexi-work arrangement is going to be an important policy building block, going forward. I believe that flexi-work schedules can empower us to do more with the time we have available - and do it more efficiently and productively."

The School-to-Work Transition Survey was conduct between February and April 2013 by the Statistical Institute of Jamaica and the Planning Institute of Jamaica, in collaboration with the International Labour Organisation.