Growth in the e-gaming industry prompts more training

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The growth of the Isle of Man's e-gaming industry has prompted the government to promise more training opportunities for Manx workers.

The estimated amount of people employed within the sector has risen from 645 to 693 in the past year.

Economic development minister John Shimmin, said the government had issued over 100 work permits for the sector.

He added that he wanted to see more Isle of Man workers entering this growing industry.

Figures released in the House of Keys on Tuesday showed that 111 work permits had been needed for the e-gaming sector to date, 55 of which were for people on an annual salary of more than £50,000.

Mr Shimmin said: "As we have established the industry it has been important to bring people over to offer language and technical skills, however this is now such an important industry, we need to make sure training is now available for Manx people to rise in this industry".

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