Employment Opportunities & Rules

The Cayman Islands has numerous employment opportunities in both the financial services and tourism industries, making it a desirable jurisdiction to be employed and attracting professionals worldwide. Jobs in other sectors (medical, construction, retail) exist mainly to meet the demands of the local market.


The Island has a well-educated local workforce, but traditionally there have been more positions to be filled than there are qualified candidates, though this is changing. Foreign workers make up a large percentage of the workforce, and come from over 130 countries. We continue to see growth within the two pillar industries that fuel Cayman’s economy, tourism and finance, and for those seeking employment within these sectors, opportunities are rife.

For a list of employment agencies in Cayman, see our Recruitment and Employment Agencies section.

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 WORC 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 WORC 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. He or she 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.