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Working in Jamaica

Are you planning to come and work in Jamaica? Your skills, expertise and international experience, particularly from developed countries, would be welcomed, since it would contribute to the development of the Island. Below we have provided useful information that would assist you in your plans to work in Jamaica.

Jamaican Work Permit

In general, foreign nationals will require a work permit to work in Jamaica. However, certain categories of persons are eligible for exemption from the requirements of a work permit. More detailed information about work permit requirements, eligibility, and exemption can be found at our Ministry of Labour and Social Security website - the link is shown below:

Jamaican Income Tax

All employees in Jamaica are required to pay income tax on their earnings. If you are in official employment, the Pay As You Earn (PAYE) tax will be deducted automatically from your salary. Self-employed workers are required to keep records of their income and expenditure, and file an annual income tax return. More detailed information about income and other types of taxes can be found on our Tax Administration, Jamaica, website - the link is shown below:

Tax Registration Number (TRN)

All taxpayers, individuals and organisations (profit and non-profit). are required to obtain a Tax Registration Number (TRN). Your TRN is your Income Tax Reference Number and is also needed to transact business with organisations, including Government Agencies. More detailed information about TRN and other types of taxes can be found on our Tax Administration, Jamaica website - the link is shown below:

National Insurance Scheme

All employees, in official and legitimate employment, in Jamaica are required to pay National Insurance (NI) contributions to establish their entitlement to state benefits and pension.The amount you pay depends on how much you earn and your type of employment.You must register for an NI number as soon as you start work and will need to attend an interview as part of the application process.

More detailed information about income and other types of taxes can be found at our Tax Administration, Jamaica website - the link is shown below:

Other Statutory Deductions

Employees and Employers are required to make other statutory payments. These are:

Seeking Work in Jamaica

In this technological age, the internet provides a useful resource for finding work in Jamaica. Sources that you can utilise, include the following:

  • Post your professional profile in the networking section of this website;
  • Look in the employment opportunities section in the classified sections of this website;
  • The “career” section on the website of large commercial organisations (e.g. banks); and government ministries and agencies;
  • The Sunday and Wednesday editions of the Jamaica Gleaner and Jamaica Observer newspapers;
  • Join, or establish links with, local networking groups - groups such as Service Clubs and Charitable Organisations;
  • An online search should bring up websites with jobs in Jamaica.

Volunteering in Jamaica

Volunteering is a method by which you can work with charitable organisations in Jamaica. You would be doing an enormous amount of good, having lots of fun and experiencing the beauty and culture of our Island. It would also give you something different to put on your CV and could provide excellent networking opportunities.

Below, we have provided links to organisations that would be helpful if you are considering volunteering in Jamaica: