Despite a growing population, there are still many employment opportunities available in the Cayman Islands.
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Many sectors of the Grand Cayman job market are booming and work permit numbers are expected to rise by over 15% to 35,000 in the course of 2020. Both our financial services and tourism industries are thriving, but alongside those there are other industries such as construction, education and medical which are all doing well.
Overseas Job Seekers
Most companies in Cayman receive a continuous barrage of overseas applications from people looking for jobs in the Cayman Islands, but very few are deemed to be genuine.
The minefield of applying for employment in the Cayman Islands is further complicated by the requirement to advertise any position prior to a work permit application or annual renewal. A flick through the local classifieds may give a misleading picture of the job market. Employers are discouraged from giving any indication that the position may be a work permit renewal, as this can discourage local applicants. With just over 30,000 work permits in issue as of December 31st 2019, many apparent vacancies will actually turn out to be for a work permit application or renewal.
This makes trying to find a position by reading employment classifieds something of a needle-in-a-haystack. For most job seekers, responding to such ads should only be a part of a more proactive, direct strategy. The most effective approach to finding good employment depends on what type of role you are suited for and how soon you wish to relocate.
A good place to start is with one of the recruitment agencies that are based in Cayman.
Caymanian Job Seekers
If you are an educated or skilled Caymanian, you should have an advantage in this job market, particularly in certain sectors such as the financial services.
In addition to contacting any of the local recruitment agencies on Grand Cayman for assistance in finding a job, Caymanian job seekers can also register with the National Workforce Development Agency. This agency can help with job training and career assessment. They also provide other job related services and are a great resource for the types of jobs available on the Island.
As a government public/private initiative the Ready2Work KY programme is designed to support employers as they make efforts to employ Caymanians, and support Caymanians as they seek to gain and maintain employment. While employers focus on the development of technical and subject matter skills and expertise, the Ready2Work KY team is on hand and ready to deliver services designed to address any barriers to employment. Caymanians, those married to Caymanians, Permanent Residents or Legal and Ordinary Residents are invited to join one of the orientation sessions which provide in depth information about the various programmes on offer such as Ready2Work KY, Passport2Success, Internships, Apprenticeships, Job Link and other employment initiatives. To register for the orientation session, call (345) 945 9672 or email email@example.com. You can also go to their offices (1st Floor, Apollo House West, Mary Street) where they will assist you. You will be required to produce your passport, birth certificate, Caymanian Status letter and proof of your immigration paperwork. You will be required to upload the documents noted below depending on your immigration status.
Financial services professionals from all around the world flock to the Cayman Islands, vying for some of the best jobs at the top firms. Working in a leading financial centre in the Caribbean is an attractive prospect, and also, the country recognises most Commonwealth and international accounting designations. See our Accounting & Audit Firms page for a complete list of the accounting firms in the Cayman Islands.
Due to the proliferation of choice for qualified accountants, it may be wise to consider registering with a recruitment agency that has an in-depth understanding of the local marketplace. They will be able to advise you on the prospects and appropriate salary for someone with your experience and qualifications.
Many of the largest financial services employers on the Island find their professional staff through recruitment agencies. However, if you are interested in working for one particular employer, it would be more advisable to approach them directly first expressing your interest, before registering with an agency.
Lawyers should note that if they will be seeking to practice Cayman Islands Law, they must generally have at least three years post-qualification experience in a British Commonwealth jurisdiction, as well as previous financial services experience, as well as previous financial services experience, preferably in mutual/hedge funds, insurance, insolvency, structured finance or commercial litigation. Visit our Attorneys & Law Firms in Cayman page for a listing of the top firms on Grand Cayman.Read More
Teaching positions in private schools regularly come up. See the Education section and apply to various schools directly.
Teaching and Education jobs in the Government schools are advertised on the Ministry of Education’s website, between December and February every year. The application form is available on the 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 throughout the year.
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.Read More
Medical professionals fully registered in Australia, Canada, Jamaica, the UK, New Zealand, South Africa and the US may be eligible to practice in the Cayman Islands once they have become registered with the appropriate Council.Read More
Other Skills & Professions
For those with qualifications, skills or ambitions not related to financial or legal services, finding good 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 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 access 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 counselling 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, 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 their 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 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:
Management positions are usually hired from overseas simply because there are not enough qualified Caymanians to fill these posts. We recommend that you find a list of local construction companies and contact them directly. When a position becomes available, these companies tend to go through the resumés on file to see if someone is qualified for the position.
The construction industry in Cayman is booming and companies have started working more closely with local recruitment agencies in addition to their direct sourcing of candidates.
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.
Legally, all electrical and plumbing workers require a local licence to work in the Cayman Islands.
Plumbers are licensed by the Plumber’s Examination Board and should contact the Planning Department about specifics of the process.
Electricians must satisfy the CI Electrical Board of Examiners that their qualifications meet the requirements of the Electricity Regulations. Call the Planning Department on (345) 244 6501 for more information.
In all cases, a certified copy of your licence, trade references and a recommendation from the jurisdiction you are seeking to transfer from 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.
For Kirk Market, you can visit their careers page and see what positions they have vacancies in.
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.
Seasonal permits for six or eight months are easily obtainable.
There is increasing demand for expats in IT positions as the tech industry continues its steady growth on the Island. With the expansion of Cayman Enterprise City and the need for expertise within areas such as Blockchain, Cryptocurrency and Cyber-Security, organisations are having to look further afield to find the specialist skillsets needed. There is also an increased number of positions available in the software development and network administration fields in addition to project management and business analyst roles.
These positions are often advertised by, and filled through, employment agencies.
Office Support Staff
There is a high demand for corporate administrators, legal secretaries, trust officers and compliance administrators in support roles and 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 a few Personal Assistant positions, but these positions are generally filled by Caymanians. Support staff in accounting firms also tend to be local.
The major recruiters in the 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.
Sales jobs in Cayman usually have a commission-based component and consequently Caymanians tend to avoid these jobs. 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.
Staff are most often hired locally and promoted from within the particular business. Some jobs do occasionally become available and in these cases, recruitment is done through employment agencies. You can also find a list of the telecommunication companies in Cayman to contact them directly.
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.
Caribbean Utilities Company (CUC), the local electricity company, hires most of its staff locally. They are very pro-Caymanian and will always look to promote from within the organisation. If any jobs do become available, it is usually in the very technical field. If you have the appropriate technical skills, you may email your resumé to email@example.com or visit www.cuc-cayman.com and go to Careers.