The #FijianGovernment announced 32 “Stronger Together” employer partners who will be providing employment opportunities to 521 #Fijians, particularly those impacted by #COVID19 through the Stronger Together Jobs Support Scheme yesterday.

This followed the signing of the Stronger Together Jobs Support Scheme agreement between the #Fiji Revenue and Customs Service (FRCS), the Ministry of Economy and the Ministry of Employment.Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum in signing the agreement said: “the Ministry of Employment, Ministry of Economy including the Ministry of Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport have been working very diligently to mitigate the adverse effects of the job losses”.

“We have put in place this Stronger Together Jobs Support Scheme in which essentially the Government has undertaken to pay $2.68 an hour minimum wage for any new position that is created by any employer that has actually been approved by the Ministry of Economy and the FRCS,” the A-G said.

“The process is rather simple where you have to apply through the Ministry of Economy which vets the application and works together with the FRCS – which has become a major agency through which we are rolling out a number of programs including the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises concessional loan schemes,” the A-G added.

“Once the documentation is done, then the FRCS will pay one month’s salary in advance to the employer for the number of positions that have been approved through the application process. Government has given the undertaking to pay $2.68 an hour for the next three months and a number of employers have come forward and done it as part of its corporate social responsibility.”

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