Changes To Closed & Restricted Job Categories

January 16, 2022

The Ministry will be extending the moratorium on new work permits issued for certain closed job categories for a six-month period, ending July 31st, with debt-collectors, telephone switchboard operators, pool/beach attendants, deckhands, and dispatchers [road transport] added to the ‘closed list,’ while recruiter and nail technicians have been moved from the ‘closed list’ into the ‘open category.’

work permits Bermuda statement jan 16 2022

A spokesperson said, “The Ministry of Labour advises the public of changes to the closed and restricted job categories, effective from February 1st, 2022, for a 6-month period.

“The Ministry of Labour will be extending the moratorium on new work permits issued for the following Closed job categories for a six-month period, ending July 31st, 2022.

“Please note that Debt-Collectors, Telephone Switchboard Operators, Pool/Beach Attendants, Deckhands, and Dispatchers [Road Transport] have been added to the Closed list, and Recruiter and Nail Technicians have been moved from the Closed list into the Open category.

“The new list of Closed job categories is as follows:

  • 1. Administrative Assistant
  • 2. Airline Ground Agent
  • 3. Bank Teller
  • 4. Barber
  • 5. Carpet Installer
  • 6. Cashier
  • 7. Childcare Assistant
  • 8. Courier
  • 9. Customer Care/ Service Rep
  • 10. Debt Collector
  • 11. Deckhand
  • 12. Dispatcher Road Transport
  • 13. Entertainer/ Musician
  • 14. Executive Secretary/Assistant
  • 15. Fisherman
  • 16. General Bartender
  • 17. General Labourer
  • 18. Golf Instructors
  • 19. Grocery Packer
  • 20. Handyman
  • 21. HR Officer/ Manager
  • 22. Interns
  • 23. Laundry Attendant
  • 24. Legal Clerk
  • 25. Librarian
  • 26. Office Receptionist
  • 27. Painter
  • 28. Para-Professional
  • 29. Photographer
  • 30. Pool/Beach Attendant
  • 31. Public Relations Officer
  • 32. Real Estate Agent
  • 33. Retail Floor Supervisor
  • 34. Room Attendant
  • 35. Salesperson
  • 36. Seasonal Work Permits
  • 37. Security Guard
  • 38. Senior Clerk
  • 39. Taxi Driver
  • 40. Teaching Aide
  • 41. Technician salesperson
  • 42. Telephone Switchboard Operator
  • 43. Tourist Retail Salesperson
  • 44. Travel Agent/ Consultant
  • 45. Wallpaper Technician
  • 46. Warehouse Clerk

“The current list of restricted job categories that are included under the Work Permit Policy has been revised to include kitchen porter, dish/pot washer, and kitchen assistant.

The complete list is as follows:

  • 1. Dish/ Pot Washer
  • 2. Electrician
  • 3. General Carpenter
  • 4. General Mason
  • 5. Kitchen Assistant
  • 6. Kitchen Porter
  • 7. Landscape Gardener (Entry Level)
  • 8. Plumber
  • 9. Residential/ Commercial Cleaner
  • 10. Tennis instructor
  • 11. Waiter/ Server

“According to the Work Permit Policy, Section 3.7, the application process for jobs in the Restricted category is the same as that for the Open category, except the employer must:

“a. Apply for a maximum term of one (1) year; and

“b. Submit evidence that any candidates screened and recommended by the Department of Workforce Development (“DWD”) have been appropriately considered. DWD is expected to respond to enquiries by employers within ten (10) working days. Should no response be forthcoming from DWD, the employer may submit the application with written evidence that they made enquiries.

“The partner of a Bermudian, Permanent Resident Certificate holder, Non-Bermudian on a work permit, or other legal resident of Bermuda who has already received permission to reside may now apply to seek employment. Partners who do not have permission to reside may apply to reside and seek employment. For further details on Partner-Genuine and Subsisting Relationships is available online at

“While we understand the current labour market and the significant impact that the Covid-19 pandemic has had on many local businesses, it is always our aim to ensure the effective use of policies that create capacity in the labour force for Bermudians.

“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 the Bermuda College at”

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  1. had all my jabs and booster says:

    Stupid!….right now,Bermuda needs ALL the help it can get,this is just going to hammer the nails in ever more deeper.

  2. Observer says:

    Archaic strategies will never improve the wellbeing of Bermuda and Bermudians. Wake up Bermuda you are no longer as special as you think you are, it’s time to open up the island. It’s the only way that the island has any chance of survival.

  3. sandgrownan says:

    So unbelievably short sighted, so mind numbingly “yesterday”.

  4. yes says:

    39) Taxi driver ???

  5. Open catagories says:

    You guys are not dumb. You know what that means. ..You pick the worst Bermuda applicant who stays for 2 weeks and leaves. You then apply for a permit. Maybe now u will select the best candidate and work to make them better as compared to dismissing him/ her.

  6. Question says:

    Burt thinks “the more restrictions, the less unemployment”.
    The problem is that the opposite it true.

  7. Jerry says:

    Is seasonal work permit a job