Summer, seasonal and short term jobs in Kingston


There is no special provision of short term jobs for expatriates that any group or entity in Jamaica is known to coordinate.

Expats in Jamaica are usually either deployed by a company in their native country, or working with foreign mission in Jamaica such as the European Union or the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Hence, it is highly recommended expatriates check regularly with companies in their native country doing business in Jamaica for vacancies. The UN offices are also a good option for jobs for expatriates in Jamaica.

Work permit needed

Note that conditions apply for the visiting foreigner. Non-nationals need a work permit from the Ministry of Labour & Social Security (MLSS), and if granted, must take their passport to PICA to be endorsed. Ideally, the work permit should be obtained before travelling to Jamaica. The application for the work permit is made by the prospective employer, contractor or lawyer of the applicant. This is one of the reasons it is difficult to find temporary work. The exemption from the work permit requirement is if an expatriate is married to a Jamaican citizen; or if the person is classified as a 'skilled person' from a CARICOM country.

Checks in the classified of newspapers as well as through the embassies and other traditional places for job search are recommended for expatriates to find work in Jamaica.

Update 13/02/2016


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