BMO Q1 Press Release – Unemployment


There is widespread support for the Government’s newly proposed unemployment insurance.

BERMUDA: Recently the Government of Bermuda announced their desire to introduce an unemployment insurance programme that will protect workers from short-term job losses. As part of our recent online Bermuda Omnibus survey, we learned that residents are widely in support of this newly proposed benefit.

More specifically, three-quarters of residents express being either mostly or completely in support, while only one in ten are in opposition and just under two in ten are unsure.

Demographically, it is interesting to note that those who are under the age of 55 are more likely to be in support of the idea.

Residents are also most likely to feel that payment of the unemployment insurance should be shared between the Government, employers, and employees.  Meanwhile, two in ten feel it should be paid for solely by the Government, while a similar proportion feel it should be the sole responsibility of employers.

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These results are part of Narrative Research Bermuda’s Online Bermuda Omnibus® Survey conducted in March 2021 with a sample of adult residents of Bermuda (18 years of age or older). The results above were not commissioned by a third party and were collected independently by Narrative Research Bermuda. The results presented in this document were collected from our online survey of 310 members of Narrative Research Bermuda’s proprietary online panel of adult residents, Bermuda Voice. A margin of error cannot be ascribed to the online survey results.

For more information, please contact:

Graham Redford, Managing Partner, Narrative Research Bermuda, 278-8882 or