July 11, 2023
Irina Loncar

Live and Work as a UK Recruiter in the Cayman Islands

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The Cayman Islands, known for their stunning beaches and pristine waters, have become an attractive destination for professionals, including UK Recruiters, seeking new opportunities and a high standard of living.

With a booming economy in sectors like finance, legal, construction, and tourism, the Cayman Islands offer an enticing prospect for expanding into new markets and maximising earning potential. The added benefit of being a tax-free haven further enhances the appeal of this exceptional destination.

According to the 2021 Census, approximately 56.1% of the workforce in the Cayman Islands consists of foreign workers hailing from around 130 different countries. This diverse and multicultural environment provides UK recruiters with a unique opportunity to collaborate with a wide range of candidates in a less saturated and more relationship-oriented market.

For many British individuals who have made the leap and embraced the Caribbean lifestyle, the work-life balance and living by the beach are among the key reasons for their decision to move from the UK to the Cayman Islands. It is no wonder that this transition is often met without regrets.

In this article, James Rush, Recruitment Consultant at Nova Recruitment, shares his insights with the Doherty Group team, shedding light on why he chose the Cayman Islands as his home and offering a glimpse into the experience of a UK Recruiter living and working in this piece of paradise in the Caribbean.

Keep reading to delve into opportunities that await you there!

James Rush Insights on Living and Working as a UK Recruiter in Cayman Islands

Why did you choose the Cayman Islands as your new home?

The idea of working in the Cayman Islands never crossed my mind until the opportunity was put in front of me.

What appealed to me more than anything was the year-round Caribbean sun and the fact it's a global financial hub. Tax-free living also made the decision easier!!

What do you like most about living in the Cayman?

That's easy, the weather!

What are the main differences between your lifestyle back home and where you live now?

The pace of life is definitely slower here in Cayman than it is back in London. It takes considerably longer to complete life admin (like opening a bank account).

From a work perspective, there's definitely more focus on work/life balance in Cayman, whereas London seemed to be a more chaotic 'rat race'.

What aspects of the lifestyle in the Cayman were most attractive to you when deciding to move there?

The location of Cayman was a big factor. The fact we can jump on a plane and be in the US within an hour is brilliant! it's a fantastic hub to use for travelling around North America.

Also, being no more than 10 minutes away from the beach at any point was very attractive!

How do you balance your work and personal life, and what are some of your favourite activities to do outside of work?

There's a great balance of work and life here. I'm fortunate enough that I only live 10 minutes away from the office whereas my commute back in London used to take me 90 minutes on the train.

I completed my PADI diving course shortly after moving and that's something I never thought I'd do! Most weekends I go diving and play football for one of the many teams on island.

Do you see yourself having a better quality of life than back home? If yes, why?

Absolutely - the work life balance is fantastic, and the general quality of life is great. At times, it does feel like you need to get off the island as it is very small, but whenever I leave, I'm always looking forward to coming back!

What do you miss most about back home, and how have you found ways to cope with homesickness?

Family and friends are an obvious miss. But the community here in Cayman is very welcoming as most people have been in a similar situation when they relocate.

What concerns, if any, did you have about relocating to the Cayman Islands?

Not necessarily concerns but just general reservations. Having never been to the Caribbean - let alone to the Cayman Islands - there was a degree of uncertainty.

These quickly disappeared though once I arrived!

How is the social scene and how do you connect with new people and build a social life?

It's very social here. There's always something going on that you can get involved with. Being a big sports fan, it was easy to meet people through football, tennis and pickleball!

What are your thoughts on the local transportation system?

Public transport is almost non-existent. You'll definitely need to drive and own your own car!

What are your thoughts on the local healthcare system?

Thankfully, I've not had to use the healthcare system here in Cayman since moving. There's no public healthcare so everything is private, which is certainly different as opposed to the UK.

How do you envision your career evolving in the Cayman Islands, and what are your long-term goals for your professional life?

Being someone who is very financially motivated, my goals are very much tied to financial performance which is ideal in Cayman as there is plenty of opportunity here to earn!

What are the main differences between the job market in the Cayman Islands and back home?

It's a lot more relationship focused here as opposed to London. It's common to bump into candidates & clients whilst going about your day to day life, so there's more opportunity to build your network.

Also, it's not a market that is overly saturated with recruitment agencies and with the island being so small, having a good reputation - with integrity - is key!

Can you describe your experience working with the local talent pool in the Cayman and how it differs from what you were accustomed to in your previous location?

The candidate pool is very diverse, given the fact that half of the island's population is made up of permit holders who come from all over the world!

What advice would you give to someone who is considering relocating to the Cayman Islands for work?

Do your homework. It's an expensive island to relocate to and the start-up costs (accommodation, cars, insurance, etc.) can be quite pricey but don't let that put you of.

It's a fantastic place to live. It's safe, clean and very welcoming!

How long did it take for you to accept the offer? From the first interview to the last?

Approximately 2 months.

How was the visa application process?

Relatively straightforward - thankfully my employer helped with that!

Whether you are drawn by the tax-free living, the work-life balance or the opportunity to connect with a diverse talent pool, this Caribbean gem offers an exceptional environment for UK recruiters seeking a rewarding and fulfilling career and lifestyle.

However, if you are considering a move to the Cayman Islands, it is essential to research and prepare for the financial aspects of relocating. While there may be initial costs involved, the invaluable rewards of living in a safe, clean, and welcoming community make it a worthwhile investment.

At Doherty Group, we work closely with recruitment agencies based in the Cayman Islands, particularly in the finance and legal sectors, who are actively seeking UK recruiters. If James's experience has sparked your interest and you would like to explore current opportunities, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Additionally, we have compiled "6 Reasons Why You Should Consider Moving to the Cayman Islands as a Recruiter from the UK" for further insights and guidance. Feel free to read more on our website.

For any inquiries or to discuss potential opportunities, please contact us at georgiana@dohertygroup.io.

We are here to support and assist you in your professional journey.

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