Although the hospitality industry is no longer the driving force of Bermuda’s economy (it was overtaken by international business many years ago), it still accounts for a significant percentage of the country’s GDP.
After many years of gradual decline, toursim has undergone a mini resurgence in recent years, partly due to the introduction of low cost flights to the island.
The nature of the hotel and hospitality industry dictates that candidates must be willing to work public holidays, evening shifts, and weekends. With full employment in Bermuda, this factor has put many young Bermudians off a career in tourism and hospitality. As a result, many of the jobs in Bermuda’s hotels and restaurants are filled by expatriates.
Vacancies exist for many positions but some of the most common are:
- Waiters and waitresses – Experience in high class restaurants, point-of-sales systems, and extensive knowledge of wines and beverages is usually required.
- Spa Attendants – Key requirements include high standards of customer care, personal presentation, and attention to detail.
- Massage Therapists – Recognised massage therapy qualification required plus several years experience in a high class spa. Knowledge of additional treatments (aromatherapy, reflexology etc.) is advantageous.
- Chefs – Job openings exist at all levels (executive chef, sous chef, chef de partie etc.). Several years’ relevant work experience required.
- Beauty Therapists – Applicants must be qualified (City and Guilds or similar) plus several years experience.
- Hairdressers and barbers – Most of the island’s hairdressers are expatriates. Qualified and experienced applicants will have no difficulty finding work.
- Personal Trainers – Requirements usually include recognised personal training qualification and previous experience in the fitness industry.
- Accountants – Most of the Bermuda’s large and medium sized hotels have their own finance departments. A recognised accounting qualification plus several years post qualification experience (ideally in a hotel or resort) is the usual requirement.
For customer facing roles, proficiency in a European language (in addition to fluent English) is an advantage, but not usually a requirement.