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Chamber's call for work permit system overhaul

Two thirds of Chamber of Commerce members say current set-up stifles growth

The Island's biggest business network says fundamental changes to the Island's work permit system are vital for the economy to grow.

The Chamber of Commerce says many Island firms are unable to expand because they can't recruit the workers they need.

The body has called for further exemptions or even the temporary suspension of the work permit system, to prevent a crisis.

Caren Pegg is chairman of Chamber's Employment, Training and Skills committee.

She says a survey among members revealed two-thirds believe the current system is stifling growth.

The Chamber of Commerce has welcomed the chief minister's announcement in Tynwald yesterday, that government will relax work permit requirements to ease the skills shortage.

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