CARIBBEAN

For those professionals seeking a quieter, calmer existence, warm waters and weather to match, the Caribbean offers numerous career opportunities.

An introduction to the Caribbean

Geography:
The Caribbean is made up of a diverse group of islands which are in or border the Caribbean Sea.  There are more than 7000 islands, islets, reefs and caves in the region, and 25 organized territories including sovereign states, overseas departments and dependencies.

Most of the major business centers in the Caribbean are also major tourist destinations.  Therefore, they are easily accessible, with regular direct flights out of Toronto and most major centers.

Climate:
Most of the Caribbean countries are located in the tropical zone and typically experience warm, humid conditions.  The region experiences the north-easterly trade winds, which brings moisture from the Atlantic Ocean.  Temperatures are not significantly variable as they range from approximately 28°C (82°F) in the hotter months (July-August) to approximately 24°C (75°F) in the cooler months (January-February).

The hurricane season runs from June to November, however most hurricanes tend to form during the month of September.  This is a part of life in the Islands, and most have high building standards in order to withstand the strong winds and downpours associated with these storms.  They also have excellent plans in place for providing advance warning, assisting with hurricane preparedness and providing post-hurricane support if needed.

People:
The people of the Caribbean are a diverse group, and generally known for being very friendly and laid-back.  Caribbean culture is a complex blend of many cultures from all corners of the globe.  The Caribbean people have strived to maintain ties with their ancestral links, while at the same time, creating something entirely new and unique.  Wherever you go in the Caribbean, you will find a wonderful mix of the old and the new; European and African influences, Asian and Middle Eastern components, and truly unique flavours that could only be described as "Caribbean".  Music has been central to the Caribbean culture for centuries.  Today, it takes on many forms including Calypso, Reggae, Soca, Ska and Salsa.

Government:
The islands of the Caribbean constitute a very diverse region of political traditions.  Most of the English-speaking Caribbean has adopted the British parliamentary system.

Economy:
The economies of many countries in the Caribbean are largely tourism-driven.  However international business also plays a major role in several countries in the region.  Offshore Banking, Insurance and Investment companies, along with the related service organizations (Law firms, Accounting firms, I.T. Consulting firms, etc) are all important parts of Caribbean commerce.  These jurisdictions are also very favourable tax environments, with little or no income tax.

Lifestyle:
Life in the Caribbean does vary from Island to Island, but what each place has in common is an ideal climate and beautiful scenery.  Outdoor activities and water sports can be enjoyed year round.  There are miles of gorgeous beaches to explore and some of the best diving in the world.  Sports such as golf, squash, tennis, cricket, soccer and volleyball are some of the most popular in the islands.  They are also great locations for cycling, running, rollerblading, hiking, rock climbing, or just relaxing with a good book on the beach!

Housing:
In most of the Islands, finding housing is a simple process.  Many people choose to rent, however in some Islands, foreigners are permitted to purchase property (it can be expensive though).  Cost of housing varies from region to region.

Work Permits:
Most guest workers in the Caribbean will require a work permit.  This will involve some paperwork gathering on the individual's part, but the actual permit application will be made by the employer, and they will cover all associated fees.  A trailing spouse may or may not be able to find employment, depending on skills.  Some Islands have more prospects for spouses than others, and this is something to explore further on a case by case basis.

As the Caribbean is made up of a group of very unique Islands, please contact us to learn more about the specific areas where we have job opportunities.