The Ministry of Labour has seen an increase in work permit applications.
Its just released performance report shows that during the 2018/19 financial year, work permit applications increased by 1,444 or 26.9 per cent, moving from 5,355 in 2017/18 to 6,799.
New applications constituted 54.7 per cent of the total.
The number of work permit applications approved amounted to 6,644.
Eighty per cent of the work permits were granted to persons in the 'Professionals, Senior Officials and Technicians' occupational category.
Next was 'Crafts and Trade related Workers' with 502 or 7.5 per cent.