Over 16,000 Jamaicans secured employment in US, Canada in 2018
The Labour Ministry has indicated that for the 2018 season, a total of 16,681 Jamaicans participated in the overseas employment programme in Canada and the United States.
The disclosure was made by Labour and Social Security Minister, Shahine Robinson, on Thursday at a sending-off function for 300 Jamaicans who are to take up employment opportunities in Canada.
It was revealed that the overseas employment figure for 2018 represented an increase of 703 workers over the figure for the 2017 season.
Some 60 per cent of the overseas jobs were secured in the Canadian labour market, the minister said.
She noted that some 87 per cent of the latest 300 workers to head to Canada are returnees.
The workers are accessing the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Programme (SAWP) in Canada, and are to be deployed mainly to farms in Ontario.
SAWP is part of the Labour Ministry’s Overseas Employment Programme and involves contractual agricultural workers who are recruited to meet the short-term demand for manual labour during planting and harvesting seasons. The workers are employed in greenhouse crop production, vegetable farming and fruit tree cultivation.