News Release: HAMILTON, Bermuda – The Ministry of Economy and Labour advises the public of changes to the closed and restricted job categories, effective from August 1st, 2022, for five months. 

The Ministry of Labour will extend the moratorium on new work permits issued for the following Closed job categories for five months, ending December 31st, 2022. Please note that Barbers have moved from the Closed list into the Open category. It must be noted that before the Pandemic, Barbers were in the Open Category. This adjustment, which returns them to their original classification, was made due to ongoing staff turnover and the inability of local-owned barbershops to fill vacancies in this occupational category. The new list of Closed job categories is as follows: 

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.   Fisherman15.   General Labourer
16.   Golf Instructors
17.   Grocery Packer
18.   Handyman
19.   HR Officer/ Manager
20.   Interns
21.   Laundry Attendant
22.   Legal Clerk
23.   Librarian
24.   Office Receptionist
25.   Painter
26.   Para-Professional
27.   Photographer
28.   Pool/Beach Attendant
29.   Public Relations Officer
30.   Real Estate Agent
31.   Retail Floor Supervisor
32.   Room Attendant
33.   Salesperson
34.   Seasonal Work Permits
35.   Security Guard
36.   Senior Clerk
37.   Taxi Driver
38.   Teaching Aide
39.   Technician salesperson
40.   Telephone Switchboard Operator
41.   Tourist Retail Salesperson
42.   Travel Agent/ Consultant
43.   Wallpaper Technician
44.   Warehouse Clerk

The current list of restricted job categories included under the Work Permit Policy has been revised to include General Bartender. It must be noted that before the Pandemic, General Bartenders were on the Restricted List. This change, which returns them to their original category, was due to high staff turnover leading to shortages in this occupational category from the hospitality sector. The complete list is as follows:

1.       Dish/ Pot Washer
2.       Electrician 3.       General Bartender
4.       General Carpenter
5.       General Mason
6.       Kitchen Assistant
7.       Kitchen Porter
8.       Landscape Gardener (Entry Level)
9.       Plumber
10.   Residential/ Commercial Cleaner
11.   Tennis instructor
12.   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

  1. 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. Further details on Partner-Genuine and Subsisting Relationships are available online at  

The Ministry of Economy and Labour appreciates the current challenges within our labour market and the significant impact the pandemic has had on many local businesses. Our aim is always to ensure the effective use of policies that create jobs for Bermudians.

Individuals looking to increase their skillsets and employability are always encouraged to register with the Department of Workforce