Cayman’s special economic zone has announced the launch of its new jobs portal www.ZoneJobs.ky. The website was developed for Cayman Enterprise City by local recruitment firm CML Offshore Recruitment using their proprietary software platform and was created to help Caymanians get easy access to new jobs created in the special economic zone.
To encourage zone companies to hire locally, CEC enables its clients to post job adverts on the new jobs portal free of charge, and potential candidates can search jobs by industry including: Internet and technology, media, commodities, biotech and academic sectors.
Caymanian jobseekers can post their resumes directly onto the website or email them to Cayman Enterprise City. Even if they don’t see a suitable position, their information will be immediately entered into the database.
The portal’s back engine matches skill sets with job requirements. If a suitable position become available, potential candidates and employers are alerted.
The CEC client services team is also starting to send out bulletins to zone companies, even if they are not currently hiring, to make them aware of local talent that is available, encouraging them to think about future growth.
“The zone is still in its infancy and as more companies move to Cayman and set up in the zone, more and more jobs will start to be created,” said Maria Phillip, client services manager at CEC. “Most companies tend to start by putting a toe in the water with a small presence in CEC, but the good news is that we have seen rapid growth within some zone enterprises, with several having expanded their footprint already and many seeking to do so by hiring Caymanians.”
There are now 93 companies signed up with CEC and approximately 72 have moved to Cayman, with the remainder going through the paperwork and licensing process with a view to moving here in early 2014.
“We expect to see some encouraging job creation over the coming months and years and as CEC is 100 percent Caymanian owned and managed, it’s important to us that the zone creates as many opportunities as possible for Caymanians. These opportunities are not limited to jobs, but also include entrepreneurial endeavors and training through our Enterprise Cayman initiative,” stated Charlie Kirkconnell, chief executive of CEC.
Vaughan Carter, chairman of Enterprise Cayman, a partnership between CEC and the government to connect Caymanians with opportunities created by the special economic zone, said the jobs portal is a vital component of the initiative.
“As zone companies expand, there will be new opportunities, and the jobs portal will enable these zone companies to engage with local talent. At the same time, the jobs portal will also provide a mechanism for Caymanians to log general expressions of interest, receive notifications when jobs are posted and to apply for specific positions they are interested in,” Mr. Carter said.
“Alongside this initiative, Enterprise Cayman is also committed to working with stakeholders to develop Caymanian talent so that it is better placed to access these new positions as and when they do become available.”