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vanessa2k18
2/8/2018 13:52 EST

Hello,

I am an experienced legal assistant and started looking for a job to relocate to Bermuda. I was advised that I can probably earn between 70-90k per annum. I am married. I was advised that my husband should have a job first. He is a plumber and I noticed that there are hardly any plumbing jobs. He is an all rounder and willing to start at entry level. Is it easy to get an entry level job as an expat or where are some industries that he should begin looking? Any advice would be appreciated.

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chnkaw001
2/8/2018 15:23 EST

Try this
https://www.bermudajobboard.bm

I wonder if your husband can reach out to companies and see if they are looking for people, you can find the companies' contacts in emoo.bm under company service dictionary.

It is not suggested to have both people moving at the same time provided your husband may find it difficult to look for Bermuda jobs.

And in my opinion, it is only worthwhile if both of you have jobs in Bermuda. Making a sum of 150k+ together in Bermuda is good comparing to working in other countries.

150k for two people is above average in terms of entire population, but low/average for expats. It should take around 9% on tax, social security and medical bills. USD 2500 to 3000 a month for 2 on living expenses with rent, depending on how you spend.

This would leave you around 100k before spending on vacation and other leisure spending. Still this is still a sizable amount comparing to Canada and US with high tax.

Financial aspect aside, the lifestyle is not bad, but that's subject from person to person.

Good luck!

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chnkaw001
2/8/2018 15:27 EST

If you decide to move together and one of the party does not have a job. The person is moving based on the other person work permit, it is a partner VISA. To seek for jobs, he/she needs to apply for permission to seek for job while staying in Bermuda.

Bear in mind that the partner VISA is based on the partner's employment.

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bigphil
2/8/2018 15:34 EST

This is not necessarily true. Permission to seek for the accompanying partner can be granted at the same time as the work permit for the primary partner.

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vanessa2k18
2/9/2018 09:02 EST

Thank you so much! This is indeed very helpful. We have been checking out https://www.bermudajobboard.bm but will attempt to contact companies directly on emoo.

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vanessa2k18
2/9/2018 09:56 EST

Thank you bigphil for confirming this. It is my main concern that if he is not able to land something within the same timing that he can be afforded the opportunity to seek employment.

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skater239
2/9/2018 15:25 EST

Look for a job in Bermuda as you would your own country. It's that simple. Good luck . Kelley Armstrong

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vanessa2k18
2/14/2018 13:30 EST

Thank you Kelley Armstrong!

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XBDA
3/7/2018 06:56 EST

You can make $70-$90K as a legal assistant but make sure you understand the cost of living. The costs of rent, groceries, gas, internet -- basically everything-- are some of the highest in the world. An apple costs $1.59 at the grocery store. A head of lettuce is $4.50. A litre of reconstituted milk is $5.50.

I found that, on one salary of $135,000 with my spouse unable to work because of work permit restrictions, we were unable to save any money. Make sure that both of you have jobs before you go or you might find yourselves with a lot less disposable income than you think.

Bermudajobboard.com is actually kind of useless. It exists as a Government requirement -- no "Non-Bermudian" can get a work permit for a job unless the job is advertised there first. But the employer often has someone in mind long before it shows up on that board. There are a very small number of law firms and plumbing companies in Bermuda; you could contact them all in a single day by phone or email to find out if they are considering hiring anyone.

Just FYI, lots of "Bermudian status" people apply to any job that has the word "assistant" or "secretary" in the title, even if they have no experience and no idea what a legal assistant does. When lots of locals apply for a job, it makes it much harder for the employer to get a work permit for a "Non-Bermudian". It helps if you have some sort of certificate or qualification to differentiate your application.

Also keep in mind that you can never, ever, ever obtain "Bermudian" status, no longer how long you live there. This means you will be subject to job discrimination for as long as you are there. You might be ok with that for 1, 2 or 3 years like I was, but eventually you will realize how ridiculous and unfair it is, and probably want to leave.

I know this email seems like a downer, but I think it's important to know what you are getting into and not just be attracted by the starting salary.

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vanessa2k18
3/12/2018 09:47 EST

Thank you XBDA for your very sound advice!

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