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The Lesser Antilles at a Glance

Working in the Lesser Antilles

The variety of the landscape of the Lesser Antilles is reflected in their multifaceted economy: expats can choose among many different job opportunities in a wide range of industries and find a rewarding work environment. Read on for more info on working there, from job hunting to social security.

Economic Overview

The conditions for working in the Lesser Antilles can really vary from island to island. Many of the islands have flourishing economies, and working in the Lesser Antilles can be a rewarding experience. The economic status of the nations across the Lesser Antilles experiences some real variations. In 2011, Trindad and Tobago was calculated as having a GDP of 20,300 USD per capita, making it one of the wealthiest nations in the Caribbean. Barbados also enjoys a moderately high economic status. Saint Kitts, Grenada and Antigua have a modest economy, but have experienced recent growth. Dominica, on the other hand, has one of the lowest GDPs per capita in the Caribbean. 

The main industry across the islands is the tourist industry. Because the islands are very beautiful locations, they draw in visitors internationally. Money is made though the hotels, the places to eat, and the leisure spots and activities available across the islands.

Many of the islands also make money from agriculture, the sugar cane business being particularly popular. The main prospect for economic growth across the less economically developed islands comes from manufacturing and exports to the United States. 

Job Hunting in the Lesser Antilles

Nationwide newspapers are a good place to start when perusing a new job in the Lesser Antilles. Well known publications which list job vacancies include Caribbean wide publications such as the Caribbean News Now, the Caribbean News Review and the Carib Daily. Publications for specific islands include the Anguilla Daily, the St. Kitts Nevis Observer, the Daily Observer on Antigua and Barbuda, the Trinidad Guardian, and many other reputable newspapers.

There are a number of job sites featuring jobs from across the Caribbean, which can be used to search for jobs specifically within the Lesser Antilles. Sites with a wide selection of job vacancies include CaribbeanJobsOnline and CaribbeanJobs. Traha.com is the biggest online search engine for jobs in Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao. TrinidadJob.com is a good place to search for work in Trinidad and Tobago. Nationnews is an online version of a popular Barbados newspaper that offers up a wide job selection.

Social Security in the Lesser Antilles

Most of the islands do have social security schemes in place. On many islands, there are schemes to help those suffering from financial difficulties, those who are still of working age but disabled, people of old-age and survivors. Expats are included in the social security schemes on many of the islands, but they need proof that they have been long term residents of those islands. You must have been making long term financial contributions to the island for some time at least.

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