Jobs In Jamaica
My Top Tips For Finding The Available Job Opportunities

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On this page, I will show you where and how to find the best jobs in Jamaica.

If you have difficulty locating vacant Jamaican jobs, it could be that you are looking in the wrong places.

Finding a job in Jamaica is not challenging. There are many employment opportunities available for locals and foreigners.

Here I will show you how to search for employment whether it is summer, permanent, part time, volunteer or work study.

Remember that before you begin to work in Jamaica you may require a Jamaican work permit.

Before You Apply for a Job Ensure That You Do These Wwo Things

There are two (2) important things you should have before you begin to look for employment in Jamaica:

Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Your resume should be up-to-date and ready for employers at any time. Pay special attention to work experience, education, references, and interests.

Application Letter or Cover Letter

Your application letter is usually the first contact your potential employer has with you. When constructing your application letter, don’t tell the employer what you can do but instead what you can offer them.

Once your resume and application are updated, it is easier to make slight changes to the specific job that you are applying for. Chances are you know the type of Job you want so you would modify your resume to highlight the areas more specific to the job.

Once your resume and application are updated, it is easier to make slight changes to the specific job that you are applying for. Chances are you know the type of Job you want so you would modify your resume to highlight the areas more specific to the job.

Find Vacancies in Our Newspapers

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For long-term professional jobs, the fastest and easiest way to find a job in Jamaica is the Careers section of The Sunday Jamaica Gleaner .

This section has a listing of various employment opportunities in finance, medicine, sports, music, tourism, agriculture and so on. If you are seeking permanent employment, you should search here first.

Another alternative is the career’s section in The Sunday Jamaica Observer . Both Sunday newspapers are available in print and online.

Lower paying jobs can also be found in the classified section of both newspapers.

The jobs in this area are more suitable for persons seeking part time jobs, summer work, on-the-job-training or student work. These jobs are ideal for persons leaving school or with limited qualification or experience.

Top 9 Online Sources for Jobs in Jamaica

Here are my best online resources when searching for jobs in Jamaica.

Browse through all these websites and ensure that you register for their newsletters and email updates for current job openings.

When you sign up for email updates, this will set aside time from consistently visiting these websites, while using the time saved to develop your career skills.

Facebook Jobs: Almost every business in Jamaica has a Facebook page. The best way to find a job online in Jamaica is to search for the company’s name and view their career/vacancy section. A popular Facebook page is “I Need A Job Jamaica.” A number of jobs are posted to this page daily. Follow their page so that you will be notified of new jobs.

The Gleaner Classified : You can find hundreds of Jobs Island wide. If you are interested in a specific field just type the job area into the “Keyword” slot. There is also the option to sort jobs by date.

Jamaican Medium : At JamaicanMedium job seekers can browse through a catalog of job specialisms , such as annual salary, educational level, experience and more.It has over 500 premium job offerings from top recruiters and company in Jamaica.The technology is robust and has a lot of advanced filtering criteria to make the process user-friendly and efficient.

Jobsmart : On the Jobsmart website you can either search by job title or category. What is interesting about this website is that there are also articles that will assist you in finding employment, and career development.

Caribbean Jobs Jamaica : This website has an extensive selection of career opportunities not only in Jamaica but also the Caribbean. Browse through an assortment of vacant jobs.

Career Jamaica provides a career guide, job postings and email updates for new jobs.

Employment Jamaica : Employment JA has certainly grown over the years, in relation to the number of employment opportunities. You can search for jobs in any field, as well as, post your resume for employers to view.

Splash Jamaica has been around the longest. Hundreds of jobs are posted every month along with articles and upcoming corporate events.

Jamaican Jobs Online : Employment positions are posted daily from several fields such as call center, retail, medicine, telecommunication, and education. Start searching by keyword, title or company. You can also follow their page on Facebook for updates.

Finding the Best Job Opportunity in Jamaica

Finding a job in Jamaica can be a challenge but it all depends on where you search for a job. There are quite a few jobs available in Jamaica for foreigners.

 Hospitality jobs provide a great avenue for persons who want to travel around the island and work at the same time. High season, summer and winter, are the best times to work in the tourism industry.

The majority of foreigners have hospitality jobs because having international experience is always an advantage. The best way to find these jobs is to search the hotel’s website in the career section.

Government jobs can be found on the Ministry of Labour’s website or the Career section of the major newspapers. Government jobs pay well, but the private-sector jobs are usually the highest paying jobs in Jamaica. Visit company websites like Carreras, Digicel, LIME, and GraceKennedy.

Teaching jobs are also available at the many colleges and universities’ island wide. Other professional jobs include accounting, banking, call centers, retail and real estate brokerage.

Places to Avoid When Looking for Jobs in Jamaica

Jamaica has many “Job Agencies” in almost every parish. The truth is some are genuine but many are not. If you are skeptical, call the Ministry of Labour and ask if the agency you are interested in is registered and operating. If they say no, avoid that agency.

I have several friends who were swindled by individuals promising jobs but only took their money and never came through on the promise.

Don’t even waste your money and sign up with them. Your money will just go down the drain.

If there are agencies that you are unsure about, contact me and I will do some investigation for you.

Jobs in Kingston Jamaica

Unlike Montego Bay and Ocho Rios that focus on tourism, Kingston has more corporate jobs. Most people are employed in government agencies or private corporations. The top industries and companies in Kingston for employment are:

  • Call Centers (Xerox Jamaica, Fullgram International Call Center, HGS, Sutherland)
  • Telephone Companies (Digicel, Flow)
  • GraceKennedy
  • Lasco Group of Companies
  • Fast Food Outlets ( Burger King, KFC, Island Grill, Wendys, Tastee, Juici Patties)
  • Banks (Scotiabank, NCB, Sagicor, First Caribbean, JN, First Global)
  • Financial Institutions ( JMMB, Barita, Mayberry, Proven)
  • Hotels (Pegasus, Marriott, Courtleigh, Knutsford  Court, Strawberry Hill)
  • Accounting (PricewaterhouseCoopers, BDO, KPMG)
  • Security (Guardsman, Hawkeye, KingAlarm)
  • Information Technology (IT) – Startek, Jamaica Red Cross, Cari-Med

Jobs in Montego Bay

Montego Bay is the most popular city for tourists to visit so you will find quite a few jobs in the tourism industry. Hotels, villas, resorts, restaurants, cruise pier, and tourist attractions are just a few of the most common job areas.

Works is available from entry level to managerial positions and are available to foreigners.

Montego Bay also has other job areas inclusive of call centers, banks, government agencies and many private organizations.  Visit their websites and look for the careers section.

  • Resorts (for example, Sandals, Secrets, Jewels, Royalton, RIU, Hilton)
  • Hotels ( for example, Half Moon, Hyatt Ziva  Rose Hall, Round Hill Villas)
  • Montego Bay usually has a branch of major companies in Kingston (see Kingston list).

Jobs in Ocho Rios

The tourism industry employs the most persons in Ocho Rios.

This is probably where you should search for employment first but it should not be the only place you look. Ocho Rios is home to many corporate branches from Kingston, for example, insurance, retail, banking, agriculture, and manufacturing.

Salary Expectations

At the moment (2017), the minimum wage in Jamaica is JMD$6200 per week, which is a little over US$200 a month.

I know that it is not much but there are hundreds of jobs that pay over US$400 a week, which is available to tourists.

Remember that the cost of living is not as high as in the USA, Canada, and the UK. You can rent an apartment in an upscale area for as little as US4$00 a month, while in New York, that same apartment would cost you at least US$2,000 a month.

Employment Benefits usually consist of medical, vacation, sick leave, bonuses, meals and so on. Every Job has its own benefits but you should ask about the medical benefit.

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