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National Workforce Development Agency
PO Box 2257
Grand Cayman, KY1-1107
2nd Floor, Midtown Plaza, 273 Elgin Ave., Cayman Islands
GCM(345) 945-3114 CYB (345) 948-0626

Non-Caymanians and people not ordinarily resident in the Cayman Islands require a work permit to secure employment.  A person or his/her employer may apply for a work permit to the Work Permit Board or the Business Staffing Plan Board for employment in Grand Cayman, or to the Cayman Brac and Little Cayman Immigration Board for employment in the Sister Islands.

Work Permit Requirements

In Grand Cayman, all businesses employing fifteen or more work permit holders must submit their work permit application through the Business Staffing Plan Board as opposed to the Work Permit Board. Businesses employing fewer than fifteen work permit holders have the option of applying to either of these boards.

The boards may grant work permits for up to three years. Five-year permits can also be granted to holders of certain positions that have been approved under a business-staffing plan. A work permit holder can work continuously for no more than seven years. The only exceptions to this would be a worker designated an ‘exempted employee’ status or one within the civil service. For more details, please visit the CI Immigration Department website.

Terms of Employment

Every employer who enters into a contract of employment with an employee must furnish the employee with a written statement of his conditions of employment within ten days of hiring him/her.  Health Insurance is also required please visit the Health Insurance Commission website for more details.  Employers are responsible for providing a pension plan for eligible employees, and for maintaining current information with the National Pensions Office.

The current National Minimum Wage in the Cayman Islands is CI$6.00

Labour Relations

The National Workforce Development Agency (NWDA) provides services in the areas of Conciliation & Mediation, Inspection & Compliance, Job Placement and Human Resource Development. Labour Tribunals have been established under the Law for the purpose of hearing complaints from employers and employees, though provision has also been made for the complaints to first go through a Conciliation and Mediation process.

The Inspection and Compliance Unit ensures the observance of Labour Legislation including occupational safety and health and other provisions contained in the law.