Employment Opportunities & Rules

The Cayman Islands is well known as both an international financial centre and a popular tourist destination. In keeping with this reputation, employment opportunities are most prevalent in the financial services and tourism industries however, jobs in many other sectors can and do, exist.

The Cayman Islands has numerous employment opportunities in both the financial services and tourism industries. Other industries— medical, construction, entertainment etc— exists mainly to meet the demands of the local market. Cayman has a well-educated local workforce, but traditionally there have been more positions to be filled than there are qualified candidates, although that is changing.

Foreign workers still make up a large percentage of the workforce, and come from over 130 countries from Argentina to Zimbabwe. With continued growth, employment opportunities will continue to be present, particularly within the two pillar industries that fuel Cayman’s economy.  For a list of employment agencies in Cayman, see our Recruitment and Employment Agencies section.

The Kimpton Seafire Resort, and the newly renovated Margaritaville Resort on Seven Mile Beach, as well as other developments happening in Cayman’s Eastern districts, have created many employment opportunities for workers with experience in the tourism industry. Providing pensions for full time workers is mandatory in Cayman, and a minimum wage of CI$6 per hour was introduced in March 2016. The building boom in Grand Cayman has opened up numerous opportunities for people in the construction industry.

Cayman’s Government is in the process of modernising the Labour Laws to give added protection to workers, such as increasing maternity and paternity leave and setting out strict anti-sexual harassment provisions.

For a multitude of reasons, including the continued growth and prosperity of the Islands, the number of employment opportunities is still fairly high in Cayman. If you are applying for a job in Cayman from overseas, visit our Immigration page for comprehensive information about requirements for foreign workers.

Work Permit – Rules

Strict work permit regulations exist to ensure that Caymanians, the spouses of Caymanians, Permanent Residents and existing residents are given preference (in that order) for any position. This can be something of a minefield for the uninitiated.

Rules on Residing on-Island Whilst a Work Permit is Processing

The Immigration authorities generally dictate that individuals should not be present in the Cayman Islands while a Work Permit application is in process, however, this does not apply if you are already legally resident, including (for example), working legally on a Temporary Work Permit (TWP) and the Full version is submitted to Immigration before your Temporary Permit expires.

Rules on Dependants

It is important to be aware that your spouse or children are not automatically entitled to reside in Cayman even if you hold a valid permit. Every accompanying dependant must be a named dependant on the permit and a separate application must be filed.

Work Permit Term Limits ‘The Roll Over’ Policy

In 2004, the Cayman Islands introduced an immigration “term limits” policy, a necessary consequence of near exponential growth of the population over the previous four decades.

Under current provisions most expatriate workers can only remain in the Cayman Islands for a maximum of nine years, unless they have applied for Permanent Residence on passing eight years of legal and ordinary residence.