The easiest way to find accommodation would be through a rental agency. All associated fees and costs are covered by landlords and you should have a direct on Island contact with the agents rather than the landlords. All rental agents tend to work with each other so if you make contact with a reputable agent they should be able to access all rental accommodations that are available on island. For a list of local rental agencies take a look at Cayman Resident
Normally, most companies including financial, legal and professional services firms operate from Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 5pm, but hours can vary greatly depending on the industry especially within retail, tourism and hospitality.
Our ultimate goal is to place our candidates into permanent roles. There is no specific timeframe on how long it takes to secure permanent employment, as there are many factors that determine it including what opportunities are available in the market, how qualified you are, what other candidates are available in the market and clients’ needs and demands. Temping gives people the opportunity to gain additional experience and to “get your foot in the door”.
Relocation assistance will vary greatly from employer to employer but generally if you are relocating from overseas a minimum of a one way airline ticket, one week’s accommodation and one week’s car rental would be included for permanent employment opportunities. Many employers may offer these benefits for 2 or possibly even up to 4 weeks allowing plenty of time for you to find long term rentals and make transport arrangements.
Yes, you can bring your pet to Grand Cayman with a few conditions. The process for importing animals into Cayman is a lengthy one. You will need to start planning at least six months prior to shipment. All dogs and cats entering the Cayman Islands must have an import permit issued by the Cayman Islands Department of Agriculture (DOA). Visit these websites which can answer more detailed questions for you. https://caymanresident.com/move/importing-pets/ and http://www.pettravel.com/
The Cayman Islands does not have any form of income or payroll tax and the only normal deductions from your salary would be any employee contribution to pension or a medical health insurance scheme both of which are mandatory in the Cayman Islands. Other significant taxes do include import duty (remember to import all of your possessions within the first 6 months of residency to ensure they are duty free) and also stamp duty on property. There is a whole long list of other taxes in Cayman but it is very refreshing and motivating not to have income or payroll tax.
Getting on the road in Cayman is not difficult but it is important to ensure that you are legally allowed to drive. Always ensure you bring your original and up to date current driving license and refer to the Cayman Islands Vehicle Licensing Department for guidance. http://www.dvdl.gov.ky/portal/page/portal/vlthome
Travel to other countries in the Caribbean, North America and Central America and South America is relatively easy with Miami being a central hub for many countries in these areas. Cayman Airways flies directly to a number of US destinations as well as Honduras, Jamaica and Cuba and Panama at certain times of the year, making long weekend trips to these countries very easy. Flights to the USA is serviced very well with an ever growing number of airlines flying directly to New York, Washington DC, Chicago, Charlotte, Boston, Atlanta, and Tampa. At certain times of the year local travel agents and tour companies may arrange charter flights to additional countries and US cities.
Many people are surprised by the amount of traffic for a small Caribbean Island but it must be remembered that we are a large financial services offshore centre and the traffic at times can be significant. That said the current Government and local industry are working closely together to enhance the road system.
The weather is generally glorious with lovely warm sunny days. The hurricane season can bring storms and significant rainfall all of which the Island is very prepared for.
The drive from West Bay to East End should not take more than an hour unless you are driving slowly and being distracted by the gorgeous coastline in Bodden Town and Barkers.
Hurricane Season officially starts on 1st June and ends on the 30th November each year.
If you are not a Caymanian or Permanent Resident of the Cayman Islands you will need a work permit granted by the Immigration Department. If you would like your children or any other dependent such as your spouse to relocate to the Cayman Islands as well you must ensure that they are added onto your work permit application form and that they are approved by the Immigration Department to be legal dependents on your work permit. There are many factors to be considered by the Immigration Department when considering allowing dependents including the employee’s salary and if it is considered sufficient to comfortably support the dependents on the Island. Another significant consideration is the availability of a place at school (if the children are of school age) and as such you should attach confirmation that your child has a confirmed place at a school to your work permit application.
The Island is very well served by large supermarkets such as Fosters, Kirks and Hurley’s and smaller ones in some more remote parts of the Island. The majority of the produce sold is produced and farmed overseas but the last year or two has seen a significant growth and improvement of the Farmers Market. The Farmers Market is now open daily and allows locally produced fruit, vegetables, fruit juices and other local items to be purchased right on the outskirts of George Town.
Most professional services companies will require a business casual dress code allowing for smart shirts and pants but we would always recommend that you have a jacket and tie close at hand in case of visiting clients etc. More and more companies on the Island are allowing more casual and comfortable attire during the hot and humid summer months but dress codes still apply.
The Island is relatively safe but like anywhere in the world you must take precautions to ensure your home, car and personal property is safe and secure. We would not recommend leaving valuables on the beach whilst you go swimming and whilst it is unlikely that you will encounter problems it does occur from time to time.