Other Skills & Professions
For those with qualifications, skills or ambitions not related to financial services, finding solid employment may require more research and legwork. Most reputable recruitment agencies will be able to point you in the right direction and some may have vacancies within your field, so it will be a matter of researching those agencies that may be able to help you.
If you have other skills or qualifications that place you outside of the financial services, there are other professions available in Cayman. If you are Caymanian, a Permanent Resident or currently on a work permit, you can register with the National Workforce Development Agency (NWDA): Tel (345) 945 3114 or www.nwda.gov.ky to have access to their database of jobs. Employers from top firms have access to this database and regularly post job listings on this online system. The NWDA has a Career Assessment Centre and also provides free career counseling and training to Caymanians.
Also, use the internet or Yellow Pages to make a list of potential employers and write to them enclosing your resumé. For your cover letter, remember to include when you will be available to work, your skills and qualifications and your marital status and partner’s occupation (if you are a non-Caymanian who is married to a Caymanian). Some Cayman employers will also be interested to know if you currently reside in Cayman and if not, you should be prepared to have a convincing case for moving and being committed to your potential employer. Most employers will not reply unless they have a suitable vacancy. It is good practice to follow up with a call to a Human Resource Manager to confirm receipt and enquire as to any current vacancies available.
If you have a bachelor’s degree and a few years of office experience, you may want to consider office temping. This is a good way to make friends and contacts when you first arrive, which can prove to be invaluable in the search for permanent employment. Because you will be tied to the temping agency for the duration of your contract and work permit, you should do as much research as possible on prospective employers before signing up. A good agency will be able to provide references from current and past staff-members, together with contact details, which will allow you to confirm their authenticity yourself. For other specific industries the situation is as follows:
We recommend that you find a list of local construction companies from our General Contractors page and contact them directly. When a position becomes available, these companies tend to go through the resumes on file to see if someone is qualified for the position.
In our research, we’ve come to realise that Construction Management positions are usually hired from overseas simply because there are not enough qualified Caymanians to fill these posts. Qualified MEP workers should contact local MEP companies directly to see if there are any vacancies.
The construction industry has experienced a recovery, due to the increase in high-end residential and commercial construction projects in 2016.
All electrical and plumbing workers need a local license to work legally in the Cayman Islands. Plumbers are licensed by the Plumber’s Examination and should contact the Water Authority about specifics of the process.
Electricians must satisfy the Cayman Islands Electrical Board of Examiners that their qualifications meet the requirements of the Electricity Regulations. Go to planning for more information.
In all cases, a certified copy of your licence, trade references and a recommendation from your Cayman employer must be submitted along with your application. You will not receive a work permit until you have completed this process. Qualified MEP workers should contact local MEP companies directly to see if there are any vacancies. A list of these companies can be found in the local Yellow Pages.
When it comes to applying for government jobs, the Cayman Islands’ Government prefers job seekers to submit a completed official application form, a resumé and a cover letter. While the service (like any other country) prefers to hire their own citizens, there are quite a number of expatriates working within the civil service.
See the government recruitment page for a list of current jobs available within in the Cayman Islands Government.
The local grocery stores are often looking for staff and they welcome direct contact.
Foster’s Food Fair has several locations and you can reach the right contact either through mail (PO Box 10400, Grand Cayman KY1-1004) or HR department email: email@example.com.
For Kirk Market, you can either send enquiries via mail (PO Box 10132, Grand Cayman KY1-1002) or through the HR department email: HR@ksl.ky.
Hotels and restaurants usually hire in September and October to fill positions in time for high season, which starts in December.
Visit the Good Taste website at www.caymangoodtaste.com to contact the restaurants of your choice. It is recommended that you mail your resumé directly to specific restaurants and those that are interested will call to interview you over the phone.
Frequently available positions include guest service agents, food and beverage servers and bartenders. Seasonal permits for six or eight months are easily obtainable for employers
Teaching jobs in the Government schools are advertised on the Ministry of Education’s website (www.education.gov.ky), between December and February every year. When you apply for a job, a cover letter, an official application and a resumé should be submitted.
Any information or enquiries should be addressed to the Recruitment Manager of the Ministry of Education, Training & Employment and everything you need can be found on the Ministry of Education’s website.
You can also email: firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or applications and the HR services team will usually respond to your enquiry within two weeks. This department is also responsible for the recruitment of all jobs within the Ministry of Education, so positions other than teaching are available every year.
Teaching positions regularly come up in either the Government or the private schools. For private schools you need to apply directly – (see the Education section for a list of schools).
Employment contracts are generally two-years in length and include a range of benefits. Further contracts are often offered, subject to an annual performance process.
Teachers are recruited from a wide range of countries, with Caymanian, Jamaican, British, American and Barbadian teachers currently the highest represented nationalities in the Government system.
Health and medical field jobs are often advertised in the Cayman Islands. Medical professionals (MP) fully registered in Australia, Canada, Jamaica, the UK, New Zealand, South Africa and the US may practice in Cayman once they have become registered with the Medical and Dental Council. MPs from other countries may work here if they have provisions for coverage of their medical practice in Cayman.
Presently, doctors with specialist training are preferred at all registered health care facilities. Please visit the Health Regulatory Services website for complete information about the registration process requirements at www.dhrs.gov.ky.
For more information on recruitment at the Health Services Authority (HSA), please visit the Employment and Training section on www.hsa.ky.
The CTMH Doctors Hospital, a private hospital, is happy to receive resumés directly by email at email@example.com or by post (PO Box 2000, Grand Cayman KY1-1104). Health City Cayman Islands is a private medical centre with Institutional Registration and Medical Tourism designation and employs (accepts) MPs from around the world. Email your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re interested in an internship with the Health Services Authority, visit the Student Registration section on www.hsa.ky. Presently, interns do a one-year rotation, spending three months working in four specialties – general surgery, internal medicine, obstetrics and child health. The programme is accredited by the Caribbean Association of Medical Councils. While Caymanian medical students are given priority, the programme is open to anyone studying medicine.
There is a high demand for corporate administrators and legal secretaries in support roles in the Cayman Islands.
These positions are generally filled by employment agencies. An employment agency will often hold a six-month work permit for you that will then turn into a full-time position with a company you have temped for.
There are always a great many opportunities for Cayman residents in Information Technology. There are also support staff positions in accounting firms and PA jobs, which likewise are more often than not filled by people already residing in the Cayman Islands.
Positions are available in the software development and network administration fields, however, the roles are generally for a limited time (possibly five years maximum). It should be noted that these positions are often filled through employment agencies.
If you are applying from abroad you might have more luck finding a job in a software consultancy firm than an IT department of a large company. Jobs for IT professionals occasionally come up at the Cayman Islands Government too. IT positions are often advertised in the local papers and quickly snapped up by qualified Caymanians.
Sales and luxury retail jobs in Cayman are usually commission-based and companies tend to offer most of these opportunities to employees from overseas.
The best way to find a sales position is to make a few phone calls from your home country, introduce yourself and then send your resumé. The real estate agencies and media houses are often hiring new sales people.
The major recruiters in the luxury retail field are Island Companies and Kirk Freeport. Both would be happy for you to contact them directly.
You can email Island Companies at email@example.com and Kirk Freeport via firstname.lastname@example.org. The latter has an official online application form on their website, www.kirkfreeport.net/employment.php.
In the telecommunications industry in the Cayman Islands, staff are most often hired locally or promoted from within the particular business.
Some jobs do occasionally become available, and, in these cases, recruitment is done through employment agencies. See the Telecommunications and Internet page for a list of the telecommunication companies in Cayman.
Dart Enterprises and Caribbean Utilities Company are large companies that may be seeking motivated employees.
Dart Enterprises is the holding company for a portfolio of companies. Based in Grand Cayman, the company has a global reach with investments around the world and its holdings include real estate, development, property management, retail, finance and technology. Visit careers.dart.ky for all the current vacancies and recruitment information.