The Ministry of Labour has made headway in its clampdown on illegal employment agencies.
The Ministry's 2018/2019 performance report shows that during the year, its Employment Agency Unit identified eleven illegal employment agencies.
One has since ceased operations and two are in the process of complying with regulations.
The Employment Agency Unit inspects and monitors employment agencies that are involved in job placements, both locally and overseas.
Private employment agencies decline
Meanwhile, there has been a decline in the number of private employment agencies in Jamaica.
The Ministry of Labour said at the end of March this year, there were 63 licensed and registered agencies.
That was down from 79 during the 2017/18 financial year.
Of the number of private employment agencies licensed with the Ministry, 40 were registered to place applicants overseas and 23 locally.