Bermuda extends suspension of new work permits

HAMILTON, BERMUDA — The government has extended a moratorium on new work permits for closed and restricted jobs in Bermuda, securing more job opportunities for residents.

The moratorium was initially implemented in March 2024, and meant to last for three months. However, the government has now extended that a further three months through to the end of August, 2024.

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This means more opportunities for locals.

During this period, no new work permits will be issued for foreign workers in specific job roles unless strict requirements are met.

“Effective June 1, 2024, the Ministry of Economy and Labour advises the public that the moratorium on new work permits issued for the following closed job categories is extended for three months, ending August 31, 2024,” the government said in a statement.

It added, “The Ministry of Economy and Labour’s main aim is always to ensure the effective use of policies that create job opportunities for Bermudians.

“Closed and restricted job categories encourage companies to consider and develop Bermudians in the workforce.

“As the employment landscape in Bermuda continues to shift, policy amendments will reflect the changes in demand.”

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    Which jobs in Bermuda are restricted?

    As per the government’s notice, most of the jobs that are closed to foreign workers are entry-level or customer-service-based positions. For any job that is considered closed, no new work permits will be issued to foreign workers at all.

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    Many customer-facing jobs are closed or restricted. (Photo by Andrea Piacquadio on Pexels)

    This includes jobs like:

    • Administrative assistants
    • Bank tellers
    • Cashiers
    • Customer service representatives
    • Guest services agents
    • PR agents
    • Real estate agents
    • Receptionists
    • Salespeople
    • Travel agents
    • And more

    Additionally, 10 specific job categories are considered restricted. For these positions, new work permits may be approved but only in very limited circumstances:

    • Dish washer
    • Electrician
    • General carpenter
    • General mason
    • Kitchen assistant
    • Kitchen porter
    • Landscape gardener
    • Plumber
    • Residential/commercial cleaner
    • Tennis instructor
    • Waiter/server

    For a work permit to be approved for restricted jobs in Bermuda during this moratorium, it can only be issued for a maximum of 12 months (one year). Employers must also prove that earnest efforts were made to hire a local Bermudian for the job, including adequate screening of candidates recommended by the Department of Workforce Development (DWD).

    The government, in the meantime, encouraged local jobseekers to use available resources to secure gainful employment.

    “Individuals looking to increase their skillsets and employability are always encouraged to register with the Department of Workforce Development at and explore more options for further education through Bermuda College at,” the government said.

    Read the full list of closed and restricted jobs on the government of Bermuda’s website at:

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