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Adam_Wood Nov 21st, 2011 05:19 PM

Non financial work
Hi all,

Apologies if this question has been done to death. I am a Chartered Accountant looking to make the move over to Cayman Islands which I believe is relatively forward as I work within a Big 4 firm so will look to do a transfer within my firm.

My question is that if my girlfriend wants to come over, given she is not from a financial field. What job opportunities are there available for a Project Manager in the Telecommunications industry? Appreciate that is very specific, just trying to find out what the environment is like over there.

If you can recommend any good recruitment agents that don't focus on financial. Or any that also specialise in non financial areas that would be great. Or even if you have any advice/experiences that would also be greatly appreciated!

thanks in advance all!

blamona Nov 21st, 2011 06:05 PM

Most islands in the Caribbean have tough laws for foreigners to get jobs, including

Work permits, which average cost is upward $7000 plus have to renew every year

Usually have to get a job that a local can't get or don't want

Usually illegal to work even a single day without the permit

Most places that would hire a foreigner usually hire first and pay/bring them in (for example a hotel)

Real estate seems to be readable, but making money on commissions during bad economies might not solve anything

Find the laws first, then consider her employment. Also consider if she doesn't work but lives on the island, she has to leave from time to time for a couple of days, as immigration only allows certain lengths of time to stay in the country.

RoamsAround Nov 22nd, 2011 03:40 AM

Check out www.jobinthe for general information about working in the Caribbean (some specifics on that site about working in the Caymans).

Blamona's right, if you get a work permit it is good only for you. It does not extend to your girlfriend - she must have a "unique skill" and will have to find an employer willing to sponsor her and that employer must prove there are no locals qualified to fill the position. She'll have to do an "old fashion" job hunt since it's doubtful contributors on a travel forum will have anything other than anecdotal information regarding job availability.

It's often difficult to find employment in the Caribbean as most employers want to know you are actually on island. You see they receive hundreds, if not thousands of inquiries each month from people who say they want to live/work in the Caribbean but never actually show up. As a result most savvy employers just ignore most if not all of those inquiries.

Your (and your girlfriend's best bet is to make a pre-move visit to the island you are considering. Use the time, not as a vacation, but to check out employment opportunities and what day to day life is like living on an island as it's far different than being there on vacation. Also, you should know that in many cases, salaries are often lower and living expenses higher than they are for com parables"back home" - that's the Catch-22 of living/working in the Caribbean.

One other thing, check out the following website: It's a site all about living and working in the USVI's but much of what's written there pertains to any island in the Caribbean. Read EVERYTHING on the website, including 1,000's of posts on the "Relocation Forum" (there's so much material it will take more than a month) - you'll find answers to all your questions including some you haven't even thought of yet.

Good Luck in your search.

suze Nov 22nd, 2011 06:50 AM

I don't know the specific laws in Cayman Islands, but as others have said most often you can only get work permits if you have a specialized skill that cannot be filled by a local resident. I think her finding work in her field is a long shot. Could you do the move only on your salary?

qwovadis Nov 22nd, 2011 01:10 PM

Web based jobs a lot better actually a crime to work

illegally there they are very picky about out.

IRS has many tax scammer firms there and in Switzerland

in the cross hairs now particlarly UBS look very carefully

B4 you leap last hired first fired financials are in the

worst shape I have EVER seen even 2008 so be very careful.

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