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Saturday, Jan 16, 2021

VIP Gov't keeps promise to pay 10% of salaries in '1000 Jobs' initiative

VIP Gov't keeps promise to pay 10% of salaries in '1000 Jobs' initiative

Companies who hired locals as part of the Fahie Administration's, 1000 Jobs in 1000 Days initiative, can now get 10% back on total salaries paid out so far, as promised by the Government when the programme launched.

This is according to information coming out from the Department of Labour and Workforce Development, which noted that for companies to meet eligibly requirements, they must now submit information on each employee hired since the August 21, 2019, programme launch.


Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie said government continues to make good on its promise to pay 10% back even in the midst of the pandemic

Gov't keeping promises - Premier Fahie


Commenting on the move, Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) said, “Even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, your Government is keeping its promise to pay the 10 per cent 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.”

According to the Department of Labour, businesses must submit an original 'Compensation Benefit Form' and an original 'Performance Evaluation Form', both duly completed, signed and dated by the employer and employee(s).

Businesses would also need to provide proof that the employee(s) is/are still employed and would need to provide proof that the relevant contributions were paid on behalf of the employee.

The relevant information would have to come from the Social Security Board, National Health Insurance and Inland Revenue, which could be verified through a Certificate of Earnings from each agency.


Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration Hon Vincent O. Wheatley (R9) said he was appreciative of the partnership between the private and public sector as the Government continues to make moves to localize the workforce.

Employees must be BVIslanders/Belongers & working for at least a year


In order to be eligible for the compensation for the companies applying, the employee must be a BVIslander/Belonger who is registered with the 1000 Jobs in 1000 Days Programme and they must be currently gainfully employed for at least 12 consecutive months.

Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration Hon Vincent O. Wheatley (R9) said he was appreciative of the partnership between the private and public sector as the Government continues to make moves to localise the workforce.

Hon Wheatley also expressed pleasure with the progress of the programme and said he wishes to see more successful results for the people of the VI in securing employment.

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