Bermuda Employment Opportunities
To get an employment in Bermuda and then be working and living there, a non-Bermudian will require a job plus a Work Permit
. The work permit application is made by the employer and is issued by the Bermuda Department of Immigration.
However, before the application is made, the employer needs to advertise and make sure that there is no qualified Bermudian who is eligible and available for the job. And only after ensuring that, the hiring company can make application for the work permit for an expat.
So given that a Bermudian will always be given preference, do you think it's a big challenge to get a job in Bermuda? Actually not. Firstly because there are large number of job positions where Bermuda does not have locally available skilled people.
Secondly, there are many jobs where the Bermudians are not interested to work. So there is always plenty of job opportunities in Bermuda, both in private and public sectors. Remember, over 20% of Bermuda's population are expatriates and working in the island on work permit.
High Employment opportunities in Bermuda
Here are the professions and job categories that offer most of the employment opportunities in Bermuda:
With large number of offshore financial business, there are plenty of vacancies in Bermuda for qualified accountants. Here is a review of accountancy and audit jobs in Bermuda, the opportunities and positions they offer, and how to get the right job.
A review of Bermuda banking jobs in areas including fund management, trust management, finance, audit, IT department etc.
A review of construction jobs in Bermuda, the positions that are in high demand, how to apply and lot more.
Bermuda government or public sector jobs, the commonly available positions, what they offer, how to apply etc.
A review of Bermuda hotel jobs and employment in hospitality industry, the trend, opportunities, jobs in demand, how to apply and more.
Information Technology Jobs in Bermuda, job positions commonly available, the offers, how to apply and more.
A review of Bermuda jobs in insurance and reinsurance sectors, commonly available positions, job requirements, how to apply and more. Insurance and other financial services form the largest international market in Bermuda.
Checkout Bermuda's Insurance Market
to get an estimate of how large this market is and what role it is playing in Bermuda's Economy.
A review of the legal jobs in Bermuda, what it takes to get a job in a law firm or in corporate houses, how to apply, and more.
If you are a medical professional like a doctor or a nurse and looking for a job in Bermuda, other than the usual work permit, you will also need a medical license. And this is necessary for both local and foreign healthcare professionals. Find out how to go about getting a job and license in Bermuda in healthcare.
2012 Update on Bermuda Jobs: Department of Statistics in Bermuda released the Labor Market Index (LMI) report. As per the report, in 2011 there were a total of 37,399 job holders in Bermuda compared to 40,213 in 2008. The average annual gross earning in 2011 is $59,364 which shows an increasing trend over the previous years. In 2011, out of the total jobs the expats or non-Bermudians have taken up about 10,000 jobs with an average annual gross earning of about $74,000.
How to Apply for a job in Bermuda?
Hiring companies in Bermuda advertise regularly in the local daily The Royal Gazette
. You can scan the online versions of the newspaper or check the Bermuda Recruitment Agencies
to know about the specialized hiring agencies in Bermuda employment and apply for a job.
You can also search the website of Bermuda Job Board (use your profession under search keyword) to find appropriate job openings.
Closed and Restricted jobs in Bermuda
There are some categories of jobs that are either closed or restricted for expatriates, and available to Bermudian nationals only. Because such jobs require skills that are generally available in Bermuda. Exceptions for restricted jobs are done at the ministerial levels only. Closed job categories are not available to non-Bermudians unless one is a spouse (or a widow) of a Bermudian. Check out Bermuda Job Restrictions
for the closed and restricted categories of jobs in Bermuda.
Note: the categories can change from time to time. Therefore check the website of Bermuda Depart of Immigration for the latest updates.
1) Check out Bermuda Jobs
to know all about job scene in Bermuda.
Visitors' Reviews & Comments
Claire (September 2015)
Hi Raj, I am married to an auditor here in Bermuda(both of us foreigners). I have a bachelors in accounting but have not been lucky to get a job despite having been here for five years now. Is there a job I can do? I am not being choosy! I can do any job available even working at elderly homes. I have permission to seek employment here in Bermuda. Please advise. Thanks
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) September 2015
Hi, your best chance is to go through the local hiring agencies who know about the suitable vacancies. While there are chances, the fact is the employers tend to somewhat de-prioritize those expat cases where one of the spouses already has a job, because justifying and getting a work permit from Immigration Department in such cases is more difficult when the island itself has problems of unemployment. Having said that, there are cases where both spouses have found jobs in Bermuda. Suggest you prepare a good CV (highlight your strengths and work experience, and spell out the range of jobs you are open to) and submit it to hiring agencies
David Evans (March 2014)
First I must say this is an awesome site you have created. I have a question for you with regards to coming to Bermuda as an experienced accountant. I am 32 years old, and I have had my Canadian CA designation for exactly 4 years now. I started at Ernst & Young for 4 years and then became a controller for a midsized private company thereafter. My question is whether CA's like me can still be hired in Bermuda or whether only new senior staff are hired unless they already have insurance industry experience. I would very much like to work in Bermuda as a controller/fund accountant (or Big 4 if need be) etc, but I am not sure of the nuances that affect hiring in financial services and whether the hiring market has significantly changed in recent years. Would you be able to shed any light on this for me?
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) March 2014
Hi, I have listed the most well known and reputed hiring agencies for Bermuda based jobs here
. You may write to them to understand your eligibility in the current market scenario:
Yasna (March 2013)
Hi, I really hope that you can help me too. At the moment I do not have job offer in accounting sector so I would like to apply for hospitality job or maybe for waitress. My husband is restaurant manager in Bermuda and we have three year old daughter. Just want to know if I can apply for a job in the hospitality sector as my husband? Thank you
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, March 2013)
Hello, Are you a Bermudian or an expat wanting a job in Bermuda? Bermudians have no restrictions in any job categories. Expats can apply for jobs in Hospitality and several other sectors. You will need to go through a recruitment agency to find a job and then get a work permit.. Check out Bermuda Recruitment Agencies
Calvina (A Bermudian)
Here is a story by Calvina who is an islander and has been working in Bermuda. While it's a dream of many to get a great job in Bermuda, it may not be always easy to find the kind of job you are looking for. She narrates in great details her own experience and shares what it may take to find the right job these days that matches your profile and skill set. Check out Bermuda Job Market
to know her full story and insight.