December 21, 2009

Jamaica facing exodus of young professionals

(Jamaica Gleaner) Several young professionals in the public and private sectors are warning that a spate of mass migration is on the horizon if the Government does not clean up its act and roll back the new tax package.

Charmaine Murray, a registered nurse at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH), argued that the country would suffer from increased brain drain, particularly in the nursing and teaching professions, as a result of the two-year wage freeze and an increase in taxation on basic food items.

“Migration is a must!” the 27-year-old told The Sunday Gleaner recently. Murray has been working at the KPH for the past three years and said it was no longer a question of whether she would be leaving the island, but when.

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