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Nov 29, 2015 

Finding Jobs in Cayman

Last updated: 13th October 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 Job

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 application 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.

A good place to start is with one of the recruitment agencies that are based on the Island. See our Recruitment and Employment Agencies section for more information.

Financial Services Professionals

Many 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.

Other Skills & Professions

For those with qualifications, skills or ambitions not related to financial 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 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 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:

  • 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 ourGeneral 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 experienced a recovery, due to the increase in high-end residential and commercial construction projects in 2015
  • CI Government: As with all civil service jobs, the Cayman Islands’ Government prefers people to submit an official application form, a resumé and a cover letter. 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  ( Electricians must satisfy the CI Electrical Board of Examiners that their qualifications meet the requirements of the Electricity Regulations. Go to 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.
  • 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 For Kirk Market, you can either send enquiries via mail (PO Box 10132, Grand Cayman KY1-1002) or through the HR department email: For those seeking employment at Hurley’s, you can view job vacancies on their website or email:
  • 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 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 (, 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: 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 theEducation section for a list of schools). You may 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 healthcare professionals. 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 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 where they post jobs. The CTMH is also happy to receive resumés directly. You can email Tiffany Polloni at 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:If you’re interested in an intership with the HSA, visit the Student Registration section on Presently, interns do a one-year rotation, spending three months working in four specialities - 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. Email: 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
  • 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 theTelecommunications 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, or

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