Ritz seeking more workers

In a final push before it opens its doors on 15 December, the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman seeks to hire an additional 100 Caymanians.

According to a press release from the luxury hotel company, it is holding a Career Fair at the hotel this Thursday 1 December with hopes of attracting new Caymanian applicants for a wide variety of positions.

‘We’re not just opening a $500 million Ritz-Carlton resort, we’re opening in Grand Cayman, so it’s essential that we offer our guests an authentic Cayman experience,’ said vice president and general manager Jean Cohen. ‘We want our loyal Ritz-Carlton customers to see that the beauty of this island is surpassed only by the extraordinarily welcoming nature of its people.’

Despite creative recruiting tactics designed to attract Caymanians, the resort management has been disappointed in the total number of local applicants.

‘We realize that many talented Caymanians prefer not to work weekends and holidays, which is required in the hospitality business,’ said Ms. Cohen. ‘However, we offer these ladies and gentlemen opportunities that were not previously available in Cayman. These range from working in a five star environment with a culture of dignity and respect to advancement at any of our other 59 properties worldwide – even access to employee rates at those same properties.’

The positions available to Caymanians and other Permanent Residents with a right to work include Massage Therapists, Banquet and Restaurant Servers and Bartenders, Tennis Attendants, Retail Sales Agents, Cooks, Housekeepers, Utility Stewards/Dishwashers, Pool and Beach Attendants, Golf Service Staff, Courier/Purchasing Clerk, Club Butler and Residences Attendant.

The release points out that the earning opportunities at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman are among the most attractive in the Caribbean. ‘The ladies and gentlemen make a competitive hourly wage and participate in the resort’s tip pool which is derived from a 10 per cent charge on all guest rooms. This is significant as the rate for an oceanfront room at The Ritz-Carlton in high season is US $929 – an unprecedented rate for Cayman. The tip pool distribution is in addition to cash gratuities given at guests’ discretion.’

For example, massage therapists at Silver Rain, a La Prairie Spa and the most expensive in the region, make an hourly wage and are paid commissions on each treatment they provide. They may also receive additional gratuities from the guests. Servers and Bartenders receive additional gratuities from a dedicated Food & Beverage tip pool.

The Career Fair will be held at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman on Thursday 1 December from 12pm – 8pm. For more information, Caymanian applicants are invited to call 943-9010.

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