The Control of Employment Act 2014 - Proposals for New Secondary Legislation

Closed 31 Aug 2017

Opened 18 Jul 2017

Feedback updated 19 Oct 2017

We asked

We asked for feedback on proposed reforms to the Work Permit system, to be achieved via Secondary legislation.

You said

The consultation received over 150 responses. The majority of respondents supported all of the Departments proposals.

Many respondents made additional comments which have been considered as the proposals have been developed further.

We did

The Department has prepared the relevant legislation to implement proposals 1-7 as set out in the Consultation, which will be brought before Tynwald in October 2017.

It is not intended to progress proposal 8 (‘Flipping’ the work permit system) at this stage.

Results updated 10 Oct 2017


Published responses

View submitted responses where consent has been given to publish the response.


The consultation seeks your views on proposed changes to work permit controls.

Why your views matter

The Island is facing significant labour shortages across many sectors of the economy and there are very high numbers of vacancies. 

The Department is seeking to ensure that employers can act swiftly when recruiting to roles where they have not been able to find suitable, available Isle of Man workers.

Various other changes are also proposed which are aimed at making work permit controls more efficient and less bureaucratic. 

What happens next

The Department will produce a review of consultees’ comments which will be published on the Consultation Hub.



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