Closed Categories Work Permit Rules Extended

December 2, 2023 | 6 Comments

The Ministry of Economy and Labour advised that the “moratorium on new work permits issued for the following Closed job categories is extended for three months, ending February 29th, 2024.”

A Government spokesperson said, “The following list of Closed job categories is unchanged from the prior three-month period ending November 30th, 2023:

  1. Administrative Assistant
  2. Airline Ground Agent
  3. Bank Teller
  4. Carpet Installer
  5. Cashier
  6. Childcare Assistant
  7. Courier
  8. Customer Care/ Service Rep
  9. Debt Collector
  10. Deckhand
  11. Dispatcher Road Transport
  12. Entertainer/ Musician
  13. Executive Secretary/Assistant
  14. Fisherman
  15. General Bartender
  16. General Labourer
  17. Golf Instructors
  18. Grocery Packer
  19. Guest Service Agent
  20. Handyman
  21. HR Officer/ Manager
  22. Intern
  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 following list of Restricted job categories is also unchanged from the previous period:

  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 job categories is the same as that for the Open category, except the employer must:

  1. Apply for a maximum term of one [1] year; and
  2. 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 residents of Bermuda who have 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. Further details on Partner-Genuine and Subsisting Relationships are available online at

‘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.

“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”

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  1. SSDD says:

    Yawn. Only when it suits them.

  2. THANK YOU,PLP. Protecting jobs for Bermudians!!! A much needed objective!

    • Be Honest says:

      Less people and more leaving means less jobs for everyone. We are experiencing an immigration policy that is reminiscent of a “deer in the headlights”. Complete inertia.
      As the boat sinks, people are fighting over the crumbs.
      In the early 2000’s people could leave a job one day and have two offers the following day. That is a fact.

    • LOL - the real one says:

      LOL…so gullible.

  3. Be Honest says:

    Correct, he is writing a book on Gang violence and earning thousands doing so, and cannot seem to solve our gang problems. He needs a new job but, not government related.

  4. plumber says:

    Corrosion is common if two types of metal pipes connect to each other
    that have different material, such as copper pipes connecting to galvanized steel pipes.

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