CS makes plans to recruit and develop local talent

| 03/06/2013

staff entrance (251x300).jpg(CNS): The latest minutes released by the deputy governor’s office showing a scant record of the regular weekly meeting between the civil service boss, Franz Manderson, and the chief officers on 13 May  revealsthat the public sector management was discussing succession planning for Caymanians. They were also given a presentation on 'The Rationalisation of the Public Service". However, the short record of the meeting gives no detail of what was discussed following the presentation and merely indicates the chief officers were asked to provide their comments by 17 May. Details regarding how the management plans to ensure Caymanians are promoted were also absent from the minutes.

The succession plan was described as a workforce planning strategy designed to ensure that the Cayman Islands Government CIG recruits and develops Caymanian talent to fill each key managerial or technical roles within the organisation.

“While succession planning is focused on Caymanians, as a responsible employer, CIG strives to inspire the personal best from all its employees,” is all that is recorded in the minutes.

See minutes posted below.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I have been working in the civil sevice for 10 years as an expat and can tell you that "public sector management was discussing succession planning for Caymanians" has been occuring since the second year I was here that I am aware of (perhaps it has been even more).

    Perhaps someone should ask to see the "succession plan" in government.  If there was truly a succession plan, then jobs that Caymanians want wouldn't be advertised only to have the current expat get the job.  How many in the HR departments are Caymanians?  It would be an astonishing FOI request to see how many expats hold key HR jobs (and yes I know of qualified Caymanians that have applied)

    For sake of the "thumbs down", I am an expat of over 10 years and I think Caymanians are the ones holding Caymanians down in most cases (not all, but most).

  2. Anonymous says:

    Look at the government hospital emergency  room for example,they have 50 work permits workers(including cashiers,porters,nurses,clerks and doctors)all coming from jamaica  and only 5 caymanians working there.Do you see the unfairness and unbalanced.Put country first cayman.

    • Anonymous says:

      No anon 13:25, I don't see the unfairness at all. I see the refusal of Caymanians to do certain jobs that they think are beneath them. Cleaning, cashier (when I can be an accountant with my high school diploma?) porter job?? Crap no, that is for Honduranians , Jamaicians and Filipinos not for us Caymanians living in this wonderful country of ours built entirely by Caymanian seamen and with a GDP bigger than etc etc etc

    • Anonymous says:

      And if there are not enough Caymanians to fill the posts, then diversy the staff from different countries at least.

    • Anonymous says:

      Oh no, we dont want the porter or cashier jobs!  Is there any room for doctors and nurses?  We will take those. Those Jamaicans again!

      All fun aside, the top doc in the ER is Caymanian!

    • Anonymous says:

      That's a ridiculous statement.  Soooo many jobs are filled by foreigners because we Caymanians will NOT take them because we feel the jobs are beneath us.  How many nannies, dive masters, bar tenders, hotel cleaners, lawn care, pool cleaners, cashiers, waiters, waitresses, porters, etc are caymanians?  The jobs are there but locals won't take them.  I would like nothing better than to hire caymanians to fill these jobs but I have been turned down time after time when I offer.  I've given up.  The sense of entitlement here is laughable.  30 years ago none of this existed and the hard work we put in got Cayman to a position of success.  Now everyone just expects the success to be handed out to them for nothing and blame expats when they don't have a job – even if its a job they woudn't take.  Actually its not laughable, its just sad. 

  3. Anonymous says:

    The best people should be hired.  Foreigners are cheaper in the long term given the ridiculous perks offered to civil servants. Let's pay less, offer less perks and then hire the most long term cost effective applicant.

    • Anonymous says:

      Also, expats, be in civil service or private sector, work hard and give their best, because of the fear that if they don't perform well, they would be kicked out, of the job, and may be out of the island.  Whereas, some of the locals (not all) don't work hard enough or work hard at all only because they are locals and know that they can look for a job elsewhere when kicked out of one job.  I have seen first hand in my workplace some locals taking up jobs just to get the feel of it, get the training for 2 weeks and then leave 2 weeks after that complaining of the workload or giving just about any excuse.  When you calculate the percentage of unemployment here, you should take into account those who are unwilling to work  and deduct them from that percentage.  There could be many locals could get a certain kind of job butwon't take it because they don't want to work as hard, or they don't like shift work, or they don't like to work weekends.  If locals were willing to do these kinds of jobs adn provide good service, the expats in these fields won't be needed and teh local unembployment rate would automatically go down.

      • Anonymous says:

        Wrong – Brits hire Brits, Jamaicans, Jamaicans, Canadians, Canadians. FACT. It is not about who is best for positions. It is about birds of a feather flocking together – which would be fine if it wasn't in a Caymanian Nest!

        • Anonymous says:

          08.25, absolute rubbish which can only come from the mouth or pen of someone who thinks he knows it all, rather than with any real experience…

          • Anon says:

            The poster is completely correct. Find a company where the managers/partners/owners are mostly Canadian and you will find a disproportionate number of Canadian employees. Same with Brits, Jamaicans etc.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Dilbert and Jefferson absent yet again. But, thank God, a prayer was offered.

  5. ;-) says:

    Mmmmm… so many things in secret until pop-goes-the- surprised!   huge layoffs/

  6. Anonymous says:

    All talk.  This is the way it should be (assuming the Caymanian could/could be trained to do the job), but I guarantee that if you ask any expat in government if they have been asked to train or have a Caymanian shawdow an expat, you will get the answer of "no".   

    • Anonymous says:

      I am a professional expat who worked for the Cayman Government a number of years ago.

      During the 3 years before I left Cayman, two young Caymanians worked with me. They were excellent young professionals who had good, positive attitudes, who were very competant, worked hard and smart, and could easily work in a professional environment outside of Cayman.

      I really take issue with anyone who says "all xxxx are bad". It flies in the face of the truth.

      • Rorschach says:

        I really take issue with anyone who says "all xxxx are bad". It flies in the face of the truth.


         Of course it does, but it always easier to make sweeping generalizations than provide specific instances..

      • Anonymous says:

        I think you would be the exception rather than the rule.  Were these two young Caymanians mentored to fulfill your role, or just mentored generally?

        No no one said, "all xx was bad", what was stated I think was meant to say, "Does each expat have a Caymanian (assuming their available and qualified) have someone working underneath them to take their position?"  The answer would be overwhelmingly no!  It is a shame,as an expat I feel for Caymanians in this respect.


        • Anonymous says:

          Get real.  No-one EVER mentored someone to take their place unless they were about to retire.  A mentoring condition on a work permit is the kiss of death for someone's career.

          • Anonymous says:

            Don't you just make sure the person you are mentoring does not a get a pay rise and moves on so you keep your job?