Working requirements for those hoping for employment in Jamaica are dependent on the work you are choosing to do, the length of time of the contract, your potential employer and your nationality.
Although the government of Jamaica recognizes that there may be expertise needed for economic development and a shortage of certain skill sets on the island, the hiring of non-Jamaican nationals in Jamaica is governed by the Foreign Nationals and Commonwealth Citizens (Employment) Act. This act dictates that Jamaicans are given first consideration for postings before being offered to foreigners.
Commonwealth citizens may apply for work permits after they arrive on the island while non-commonwealth citizens (such as Americans) have to apply prior to arrival. For full details on applying for a work permit visit the Ministry of Labour and Social Security at www.mlss.gov.jm
Ministry of Labour and Social Security
1F North Street
Tel: (876) 922 9500-14
Regional Office in Montego Bay
4 Sam Sharpe Square
Tel: (876) 971 4313/952-2327
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