Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Isle of Man e-gaming work permit exemptions approved

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Image caption E-business currently accounts for about a quarter of the Isle of Man's national income

Some e-gaming specialists will soon be able to be employed on the Isle of Man without the need for a work permit, the government has announced.

The measure was approved by Tynwald because Manx-based games companies have been experiencing problems recruiting qualified workers.

Tax breaks have attracted about 30 e-gaming firms, transforming the Isle of Man into a major international player.

The changes will come into force on 1 March.

The Department of Economic Development's e-business director Jonathan Mills said the move would help ensure the industry continues to grow and thrive on the Isle of Man.

The wider e-business industry accounts for about 25% of national income and employs more than 1,700 people.

Work permit exemptions would apply only to contracts of at least 12 months and with a salary of at least £25,000.

It is thought the sector will be looking to fill 100 skilled positions every year for the foreseeable future.

A government spokesman said positions within Information Communications Technology will also be exempt from work permits.

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