The definitive guide to living and working in the Cayman Islands
May 29, 2015
Finding Jobs in Cayman
Last updated: 24th April 2015
In this section we provide detailed information about the different types of jobs in Grand Cayman. We list the contact details for recruitment companies operating in the Cayman Islands and also give details of other companies that are often looking to recruit, including email contacts for human resources managers.
Finding a JobAs previously mentioned, there is an endless number of employment opportunities available in the Cayman Islands. However, if you are residing overseas it can be very difficult to persuade local companies to take your employment applications seriously. Most companies on the Island receive a continuous and endless barrage of employment applications from overseas but very few are deemed to be genuine.
The minefield of applying for employment on the Island 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 around 20,000 work permits in issue at any one time, many apparent vacancies will actually turn out to be for a prospective 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.
Financial Services ProfessionalsMany positions exist for professionally qualified accountants, particularly those with investment or insurance industry experience (but this is by no means essential). The Cayman Islands 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 Cayman Islands-based recruitment agency that has an in-depth understanding of the local market place. 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, preferably in mutual/hedge funds, insurance, insolvency, structured finance or commercial litigation. Visit our Law Firms page for a complete list of law firms in the Cayman Islands.
Other Skills & ProfessionsFor those with qualifications, skills or ambitions not related to financial services, finding good employment may require a little 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 or may not be able to help you.
In addition, a good approach can be to use the internet or Yellow Pages, make a list of potential employers and simply write to them enclosing your résumé. For your cover letter, remember to include such important details as when you will be available, why you would like to relocate to the Cayman Islands, your marital status and your partner’s occupation (if applicable). Although these last two points might be considered personal and irrelevant details in most countries, many employers will be interested as this can be an indirect indication of the level of your commitment and stability as an expatriate worker. Note that most employers will not reply unless they have a suitable vacancy. It is good practice to follow up your résumé with a call to the Human Resources department to confirm receipt and enquire as to any current vacancies. This approach applies equally well whether you are seeking a position as a surgeon or cocktail waitress!
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 good, 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:
Construction: 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 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. The construction industry has been experiencing a small boom in 2014 due to numerous residential properties and a few commercial buildings being built
CI Government: As with all civil service jobs, the Cayman Islands’ Government prefers for people to apply directly with the submission of an official application form, a resumé and a cover letter. See www.gov.ky/recruitment for jobs.
Electricians and Plumbers: Legally, all electrical and plumbing workers need a local licence to work in the Cayman Islands. Plumbers are licensed by the Plumber’s Examination and should contact the Water Authority about specifics of the process (www.waterauthority.ky). Electricians must satisfy the CI Electrical Board of Examiners that their qualifications meet the requirements of the Electricity Regulations. 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.
Grocery: 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 inquiries via mail (PO Box 10132, Grand Cayman KY1-1002) or through the HR department email: HR@ksl.ky. For those seeking employment at Hurley’s, you can view job vacancies on their website www.hurleys.ky/jobs or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hospitality Industry: 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
IT: There is not much demand for expats in IT positions since Caymanians are very well qualified in this field. 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. For these reasons, expats might also have more luck finding a job in a software consultancy firm than one in-house at a large company. IT positions are often advertised in the local papers and quickly snapped up by qualified Caymanians.
Teaching Positions: Teaching jobs in the Government schools are advertised on the Ministry of Education’s website (www.education.gov.ky), as well as in the Caymanian Compass newspaper, 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: email@example.com 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 - the see the Education chapter for a list of schools). You will often be offered a two-year contract and incentives to stay. The renewal of two-year contracts are based on annual performance reports. Most teachers are recruited from the Caribbean and in particular from Jamaica, as well as from England, Canada and the US.
Medical Field: The local hospitals, Health Services Authority (HSA) and the Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial Hospital (CTMH) are always looking for nurses and doctors. However, at the present time, there are no openings for General Practitioners. Presently, doctors with specialist training are preferred. For the HSA you can apply directly by emailing your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailing them at PO Box 915, Grand Cayman KY1-1103 to the attention of the Human Resources Department. The HSA also have a website (www.hsa.ky) where they post jobs. The CTMH is also happy to receive resumés directly. You can email Colleen Williams at: email@example.com or mail your resumé to PO Box 273, Grand Cayman KY1-1104. There are some restrictions: only those who are fully registered and have a current practicing licence from Australia, Canada, Jamaica, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom and the USA or those with a qualification from the University of the West Indies can practice in Cayman.
Medical Interns: The HSA accepts four medical students as interns at the Cayman Islands Hospital in George Town a year. The interns do a one-year rotation, spending three months working in each of four specialities – general surgery, internal medicine, obstetrics and child health. The programme is accredited by the Caribbean Association of Medical Councils. Caymanian medical students are given priority but the programme is open to anyone studying medicine overseas. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (345) 244 2606.
Office Support Staff: There is a high demand for corporate administrators and legal secretaries 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 PA positions, but these positions are generally filled by Caymanians. Support staff in accounting firms also tend to be local
Luxury Retail: 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. The latter has official online application form on their website, www.kirkfreeport.net/employment.php.
Sales: 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. The real estate companies and media houses are often hiring sales people.
Telecommunications: 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. See the Telecommunications and Internet page for a list of the telecommunication companies in Cayman.
Caribbean Utilities: (the local electricity company) hires most of its staff locally. Of its 187 employees, 93% are Caymanians. They are very pro-Caymanian and will always look to promote from within. They are an excellent example of a company very committed to investing in and developing their employees. 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 CUC’s head of HR, Joy Oremule, on email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other: Dart is another corporation that may be seeking motivated employees. Visit www.dartenterprises.biz/careers.html or email your resume to email@example.com.
Recruitment & Employment AgenciesWith the Cayman Islands being a global financial centre, it is not surprising that the recruitment of human capital from overseas is necessary due to the Islands’ small size. There are a number of recruitment and employment agencies located in Grand Cayman that specialise in finding talent for legal and financial firms as well as companies that require candidates with IT or other technical skills. Many agencies will find full time employees, but will also recruit temporary staffing and consultants if necessary.
Some of the larger agencies also serve clients located in other offshore financial jurisdictions such as Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands and the Channel Islands. Certain agencies also offer extensive training programmes to their candidates they recruit and provide immigration advice to their clients. Below are a few recruitment agencies that are operating in the Cayman Islands.
Affinity Recruitment Ltd.
150 Shedden Road, George Town
PO Box 2198, Grand Cayman KY1-1105
Tel: (345) 943 2020 Fax: (345) 943 2022
Specialising in: Permanent and executive recruitment, temporary staff assignments, corporate immigration services, payroll and benefit administration.
Century Yard, Cricket Square
PO Box 1367, Grand Cayman KY1-1108
Tel: (345) 945 1781 Fax: (345) 945 1782
CML Offshore Recruitment
Grand Pavilion Commercial Centre
West Bay Road, Seven Mile Beach
PO Box 30237, Grand Cayman KY1-1201
Tel: (345) 949 1345 Fax: (345) 947 1775
Specialising in: placement of jobs in the legal, IT and financial services industry, both for permanent and temporary job opportunities, from entry level to senior management and executive search. Also immigration, relocation and general human resources consulting services, as well as social media, consulting with an emphasis on online video through CML TV.
Suite 3119, Market Street, Camana Bay
PO Box 30924, Grand Cayman KY1-1204
Tel: (345) 945 8367 Fax: (345) 945 8601
Specialising in: Executive recruitment, temporary office staff, immigration services, skill testing, payroll and benefits administration for local and international businesses and professional résumé writing.
SteppingStones Recruitment Ltd.
3rd Floor, Fidelity Financial Centre
PO Box 10091, Grand Cayman KY1-1001
Tel: (345) 946 7837 Fax: (345) 946 7836
Specialising in: Temporary support staff, permanent and executive recruitment, corporate immigration services, payroll and benefit administration, staff training and development.
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