Person that are not Caymanians, wishing to work in the Cayman Islands, apart from those who are exempted, must obtain a work permit to legally work in the Cayman Islands. A work permit be issued for any occupation for periods of up to six months (temporary work permits) or longer (annual work permits).
The Economics and Statistics Office (ESO) defines current work permits as work permits in operations within the Cayman Islands at a specific point in time. The tables posted here on the website contain number of work permits by nationality and refer to the 31st December each year. Included are the grant and renewal of annual work permits, the grant and extension of temporary work permits, and persons working for the government. Additionally, persons working and awaiting responses to their application for extended time on the islands are included. Excluded from the above figures are persons working who have obtained Permanent Resident status.
ESO obtain the work permit data from an ORACLE database created and maintained by the Computer Services for the Immigration Department.