Where there are qualified and available Bahamians to fill job vacancies work permits are being denied. Director of Labour, Robert Farquharson spoke with ZNS News on this issue.

He said, “particularly in the construction sector, in the tourism sector and the financial services sector the government is committed to filling these vacancies with Bahamians that are available. Section 86 of the Employment Act says that the Department of Labour should not issue a labour certificate if they are satisfied there is a qualified and available Bahamian to fill that job. And many times people have come to us carrying on and arguing because we deny applications.”