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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Cayman Islands is hiring English speaking workers-TOEIC, IELTS required

THE Cayman Islands is opening its doors to foreign workers, including Filipinos, but requires foreign applicants to be proficient in the English language, the Department of Labor and Employment said on Wednesday.

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz advised  the Filipino workers wanting to  work in the Cayman Islands to take an English-language test before applying.
Labor Attaché to Washington Luzviminda Padilla said the Cayman Islands’ Department of Immigration will introduce the new requirement starting July 1 as a prerequisite to qualifying for a job.
Analysts say Filipinos will have a bigger chance of being hired in the Cayman Islands because English is taught in almost all schools in the country.
However, Baldoz advised prospective workers to take an overseas English language test if their first language is not English.
Prospective workers are required to undergo examination by one of the two recognized English Testing Centers—the International English Language Test and Test of English for International Communication—from the workers’ own country before to traveling to the Cayman Islands, Padilla said.
“Workers must score within the following ranges to be able to secure their work permits: Band Score Level 6 for IELTS and Band Score Level B2 for TOEIC,” Padilla said.
The testing fees are determined by the testing centers and will be shouldered by the applicant.
Tests taken before 1 July 2014 will be accepted by the DOJ provided the results are not older than two years. Employers are responsible for advising their potential workers from non-English speaking countries of this requirement.
“IELTS and TOEIC has test centers operating in the Philippines. We are confident that our overseas Filipino workers can pass the test easily as they are known globally for their fluency in English,” Baldoz said.
“We just want them to make sure that the testing center where they will take their test are accredited by either IELTS and TOEIC to avoid problems with their work permits and other documents needed for their work application in Cayman Islands.
“The DOLE will never get tired of cautioning those who want to try overseas employment to be very careful in dealing with recruitment agencies and not to turn to illegal schemes to fast track their deployment abroad.”

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