Seasonal Workers

Changes to the existing Worker Migrant visa have been announced, with the introduction of a Worker (Seasonal) Migrant visa for local hospitality businesses. The route was introduced directly in response to the needs of the sector and requests from the hospitality industry and is not a route that is currently available in the UK. 

Dr Alex Allinson, Minister for Enterprise, commented: ‘This route is a significant and positive step for the hospitality sector, enabling many businesses to employ workers from outside of the UK and Ireland to satisfy local vacancies which are proving difficult to fill with Isle of Man workers.

‘I believe this will be welcome news for our local hospitality businesses and it is hoped that this new visa will help businesses with their workforce planning in the lead up to the busier months, by enabling the employment of seasonal workers from outside the UK and Ireland, including those workers impacted by Brexit. It will allow businesses to attract workers from EU countries who may have previously wished to work seasonally in the UK but are now unable to do so.’

The new Seasonal Migrant Worker visa enables local hospitality businesses to employ non-settled seasonal workers for a maximum of nine months and is available for individuals who have not already held the equivalent visa in the Isle of Man, UK, or Channel Islands within the three months prior to applying. 

As with the Worker Migrant visa, the employee must also hold a valid Confirmation of Employment provided by an Isle of Man employer and must be paid a minimum salary of £20,800 (pro-rated for the nine months).

Unlike the Worker Migrant visa, applicants for the Seasonal route do not need to meet the English Language requirements and can ‘switch’ to a Worker Migrant visa while working on the Island if they meet the requirements. The fee for the new route is also significantly less at £244.00, in comparison to the fee payable for the Worker Migrant Visa.

For further information on the Worker (Seasonal) Migrant visa; visit https://www.gov.im/media/1375680/worker-seasonal-migrant-ec-guidance.pdf

Education Talk

Tickets are now on sale for the next in Rushen Heritage Trust’s season of talks – 150 Years of ‘Education for All’, by Professor Angela W. Little.

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the landmark 1872 Isle of Man Act for Public Elementary Education, which introduced compulsory education, eight years ahead of England and Wales, transferring control of education from the Church to the State.

It paved the way for improvements in the quantity and quality of teachers, the abolition of school fees, and the extension of an independent system of education.

But how and why did this Act come about? Who resisted and who supported it? In her illustrated talk, Professor Little will explore these questions and more in relation to the Island as a whole, but with special reference to the Parish of Rushen. The talk is at the Erin Arts Centre on Monday, March 7, starting at 7.30pm.

Professor Little is Professor Emerita at UCL Institute of Education, a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and a past President of the British Association of International and Comparative Education. She was educated at Rushen Primary School and Castle Rushen High School and wrote the chapter on education in Rushen Heritage Trust’s 2019 book, Living with the Sea, which tells the story of how Port St Mary developed between 1829-1979.

Tickets for Professor Little’s talk cost £5 (£4 for Friends of Rushen Heritage Trust) and are available from the Erin Arts Centre – https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/whats-on/isle-of-man/erin-arts-centre – or Erin News and Bridge Bookshop in Port Erin.

FSA

The Isle of Man Financial Services Authority is seeking feedback to help shape its future approach to fintech innovation, particularly in relation to crypto-assets.

‘Request for Input’ has been issued today, Monday 21 February 2022, via the Government Engagement Hub to invite comments on ‘Innovation and the Regulatory Perimeter.’ The Authority is capturing the views of stakeholders to strengthen its understanding of emerging risks, new opportunities and challenges resulting from innovation, such as crypto-currencies, crypto-exchanges and initial coin offerings.

Comments can be sent by email to Policy@iomfsa.im or by post to Dan Johnson, Senior Manager, Policy and Authorisations, IoM Financial Services Authority, PO Box 58, Finch Hill House, Bucks Road, Douglas, IM99 1 DT. The deadline for submissions is 18 April 2022.

Dan Johnson, Senior Manager, Policy and Authorisations, said: ‘The Request for Input is an initial fact-finding exercise to develop our knowledge of innovation and help determine the next steps. It’s essential for us to hear from stakeholders about how the Island can best position itself to take advantage of opportunities in the crypto world.’

Births

The NHS in England will no longer limit the amount of Caesarean sections it performs, under plans to improve care for mothers and babies. Maternity units were previously encouraged to promote natural births and keep the Caesarean rate to about 20%. It comes after one NHS trust was criticised for poor maternity care. Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust is currently being investigated for nearly 2,000 maternity incidents.

Ukraine

US President Joe Biden has agreed ‘in principle’ to hold a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss the crisis over Ukraine. The talks proposed by France will only take place if Russia does not invade its neighbour, the White House said. The Kremlin, meanwhile, said there were no ‘concrete plans’ for a summit. It is hoped that such talks could offer a possible diplomatic solution to one of the worst security crises in Europe in decades. US officials say intelligence suggests Russia is ready to launch a military operation, which Moscow denies. 

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