Labour report: Women earn less, Caymanians earn more

Female employees in the Cayman Islands are still earning considerably less than their male counterparts, according to a recently completed jobs survey by the government’s Economics and Statistics Office.

The review also showed that non-Caymanian workers tended to be in abundance at the lower end of the pay scale, while Caymanian workers occupied most of the jobs in the middle-class and upper-class pay ranges.

The labour survey data was based on a questionnaire answered last fall by slightly fewer than 1,500 residents in the Cayman Islands.

According to the Economics and Statistics Office data, the two lowest-earning pay brackets between $1 and $1,599 per month were overwhelmingly held by women – 7,481 jobs for females and 4,389 males worked at that pay rate.

At every other pay scale, $1,600 per month and above, men held more jobs than women. Particularly in the highest-measured earning bracket of $7,200 per month or more, males made up 68 per cent of the individuals who held those jobs, while women made up 32 per cent.

The other pay scales, between $1,600 per month and $7,199 were more even, but men still outnumbered women in those jobs by a count of 11,347 men to 9,462 women; roughly 55 per cent male workers to 45 per cent female workers.

Comparing Caymanian workers to non-Caymanian workers, non-Caymanians outnumbered Caymanians by a ratio of almost two-to-one at the lower end of the pay scale. According to labour force survey estimates, non-Caymanians earning between $1 and $2,399 per month numbered 11,967 while Caymanians earning at that rate numbered 6,144.

In mid-scale of the pay ranges, between $2,400 and $7,199 per month, Caymanians numbered 8,285 while non-Caymanians earning in that range numbered 6,282.

The highest rate of $7,200 or more per month, according to the statistics office, had 1,309 Caymanians working in it compared to 988 non-Caymanians.

Youth unemployment

Unemployment among workers between the ages of 15 and 24 remained stubbornly high, according to statistics office data for 2012.

However, some data released by the labour survey also indicated that younger people who 
were employed had found jobs in some higher-paying fields and 
weren’t just working in lower end service jobs.

According to the survey, unemployment for workers between the ages of 15 and 24 was 21.2 per cent – more than triple the unemployment rate for the entire country, which stood at 6.2 per cent at the time of the labour force report.

“The majority of the unemployed had high school or lower level of education [67 per cent],” the Economics and Statistics Office found.

Based on labour office guidelines, a person is deemed unemployed if they are of working age, are without a job and consider themselves to be currently available for work.

In reviewing jobs going most often to younger workers [under 30], the most popular occupations were still in restaurants and food services activities. However, the labour survey found that 27.3 per cent of the workers employed in the professional, scientific and technical activities in Cayman were 29 or younger.

Also, 26 per cent of those working in financial or insurance-related 
activities were under age 30, according to the survey.


  1. Thanks Compass for being brave enough to point out that Caymanians are doing well in this country.

    It is too easy for politicians to claim the majority of Caymanians are suffering and use that as an excuse for xenophobic self-interested election platforms.

  2. ‘There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics’: Benjamin Disraeli.

    The statistics appear to be skewed. How was 7,200 selected as the highest earning bracket since there are many who earn vastly greater salaries, and it does not correspond to the top rates for income tax in most OECD countries? I suspect it was chosen so as to manipulate the result and mollify Caymanians. Change that number to 10,000 and you will find that Caymanians are a small minority.

    The report implies that there is some pay discrimination against women when it fact it does not show that there is unequal pay for equal work but rather that women tend to have lower paying jobs. We don’t know why.

    The majority of Caymanians are indeed suffering. That only requires observation to confirm. Only those who live in ivory towers believe otherwise. Manipulated statistics cannot prove otherwise.

  3. LOL. I wanted to see how long it took. Only took the second commenter to comment exactly how I thought it would turn out.

    You can show someone facts. You can show someone statistics. But if it goes against what they believe. which is neither fact nor statistics. And of course they say, it’s all lies.

    LOL. Too much.

    Punch someone in the face, but if they believe you never did. You never did.

    You can have video to the fact, 100 eye witness’s. A written statement from the puncher. But if the punchee does not believe it’s true. It’s just not true.

    How is fantasy land these days? Still blue skys and unicorns?

  4. @big berd – The trouble is you don’t have facts. You only have statistics, which as I pointed out, can be manipulated. A punch in the face is not so much akin to statistics as it is to visiting very many who are near destitute – many who cannot afford to pay their bills, or even to put food on the table. That is not something you can deny using statistics. Your reference to ‘fantasy land’ tells me that you are not acquainted with the reality of the majority of Caymanians but consider their plight a laughing matter.

  5. There are always going to be people who are struggling in life, whether they are Caymanian, American, British, Russian, Jamaican, or whomever, the survey represents true information, whether it represents the whole is another story however it is representative of what is being discussed which cannot be disputed.

  6. Speaker, I had no idea things were so bad. I didn’t realize that most Caymanians were as you said near destitute and could not afford to pay their bills, or even put food on the table. Am I missing something but this is not the life I see when I venture around the island. Is this truly how it is for most Caymanians ?

  7. Speaker, seeing as you have now strongly emphasized the point that the ‘majority’ are struggling can you let us know where these statistics you are using are coming from, how large was your survey and what tests did you take to ensure a fair result?

  8. confused – the reason you are confused is because you have not read my posts properly. Nowhere did I say I was relying upon statistics, but instead upon a great deal of direct, personal experience.

  9. FairAndBalance – I am always puzzled why you have chosen that moniker for yourself since your posts are anything but fair and balanced.

  10. I am still waiting to hear how 7,200 was selected as the entry level for top earners. Would these posters defending these statistics please explain.

  11. Speaker – you must know a lot of people from a wide range of backgrounds to really be able to intelligently put out these judgments on society. I must say I was surprised to learn that over 13,000 people on this island are near destitute, I haven’t even come across the shanty towns on my travels. I am surprised that some of them can’t get decent paid jobs with the Government, who surely must be willing to employ one or two locals.

  12. speaker or you disputing the 7200 number because you think it should be higher? I may have missed your point. a salary of 86k is about equal to 115k Us after taxes and after the conversation it’s more like 140k yearly. That seems like a hell of a good salary to me.

  13. confused – I do know many people from a wide range of backgrounds. I have not said that over 13,000 people are near destitute. I have said that many people are near destitute and that a majority of Caymanians are struggling.

    So now you are wanting the govt. to employ MORE people? I thought the chief complaint against govt. was that it employed too many people, mostly Caymanians.

  14. Help me I cant find my calculator on my new windows 8
    But I am running the numbers and something isn’t right.
    thus I would like someone to do it for me. and post the totals per month per group.

  15. NJ2Cay – If you re-read all my posts on this you will find that I have been explicit that it should be higher, and I have also explained why. An annual salary of 86k is not of course equal to 140k in the U.S. because the cost of living in Cayman is so much higher.

    I can assure you that no professional or manager in the financial sector would see 86K p.a. as ‘a hell of a good salary’. It does not in any way compare to the salary brackets for the top rate of payroll tax in BVI and Bermuda.

  16. NJ2cay thank you I just purchased this new computer and couldn’t find it.
    changed my name here
    Have a lot to say lately and didn’t want to get in trouble
    That said do you think joey owns his own facebook page

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