Isle of Man e-gaming work permit exemptions approved
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.