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Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, emphasises a point while speaking in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (May 12).

A third of Jamaica’s BPO staff working from home

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, emphasises a point while speaking in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (May 12).

Prime Minister of Jamaica Andrew Holness, says 33 per cent of employees in the business process outsourcing (BPO) sector are now working from home.

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, emphasises a point while speaking in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (May 12).

“They have moved operations to work at home, which is a new model that is emerging that some BPOs are finding to be particularly cost-effective and efficient,” he said in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (May 12).

“What they are saying to us is that we may need to consider new regulations to cover that emerging new way of operating,” he added.

An aerial view of itelbpo’s headquarters in Montego Bay, Jamaica (Photo: PR Newswire)

Prime Minister Holness told the House that inspection of BPO facilities continues and that more than 40 entities have been approved to operate.

“Others are at varying degrees of compliance and they are working to meet compliance,” he said.

The island-wide inspection of BPOs is among several measures being undertaken by the Government to prevent further spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) following last month’s outbreak at the Alorica call centre in Portmore, St Catherine.

The Alorica call centre in Portmore, St Catherine was responsible for a workplace cluster last month. (Photo: Facebook/Alorica)

The inspection process is being spearheaded by the newly established BPO task force, which has also implemented measures, including new inspection and audit protocols, a self-inspection checklist that has been signed off by all agencies and departments, the submission of daily reports by all BPO operators to the Ministry of Health and Wellness, and installation of closed-circuit televisions (CCTV) at all BPO facilities.