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Tuesday, Apr 13, 2021

No 10% payout if ‘1K Jobs’ workers not employed for full 12 months

No 10% payout if ‘1K Jobs’ workers not employed for full 12 months

Businesses who hired employees under the ‘1000 Jobs in 1000 Days Programme’ but failed to keep them employed for at least twelve consecutive months, will not qualify for the 10 percent compensation of total salaries.

This is according to an eligibility policy which the Department of Labour & Workforce Development outlined in a media release on Monday.

The release detailed two requirements necessary to receive compensation, with the second being that the employees hired under the programme must be a BVIslander or Belonger.

Premier Andrew Fahie urged all eligible businesses to apply for the promised compensation and he appealed to businesses and unemployed persons across the territory to continue to register to the programme.

“Even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, your government is keeping its promise to pay the 10 percent of the salaries of all the employees that were hired through the 1000 Jobs in 1000 Days Programme. This is a promise made and a promise that we will keep.”

Labour Minister Vincent Wheatley highlighted the partnership between the public and private sector as it assists with his government’s goal of localising the territory’s workforce.

While the progress of the programme was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Minister Wheatley said he hopes to see more successful results forthcoming in future employment opportunities for locals.

Information required for each employee

The release also listed the information that will be required for each employee hired under the programme.

These include an original Compensation Benefit Form and an original Performance Evaluation Form which must be completed, signed and dated by both employer and employee, proof that the employee remains employed and a Certificate of Earnings from the Social Security Board, National Health Insurance and Inland Revenue.

Each of the aforementioned forms must be virtually submitted to the Department of Labour and Workforce Development for processing via email at


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