Port Of Spain - Post Report Question and Answers

What types of jobs do most expatriate spouses/partners have? Locally based or telecommuting? Full-time or part-time? Can you comment on local salary scales?

There are EFM jobs that are available, but not too many. I do not know of any spouses who work on the local economy. Several spouses work from home. - Aug 2021

The Embassy seems to try to employ as many EFMs as possible. The biggest hurdle is the security clearance process. FT and PT jobs are available. Local employment is possible but not many choose that route. You can telecommute/the connection is good enough. - Mar 2019

Not sure, but most significant others that I know of stay at home. I don’t know if there’s a bilateral work agreement for U.S. embassy spouses. - Apr 2017

Some work at the schools, some at the embassy. Not familiar with the pay scales on either. - Aug 2016

no - May 2016

Work permits are required to work on the local economy. I am not familiar with how many opportunities there are, however there are several financial service firms and global brands located in TT. - Jun 2015

No. - May 2015

No. - Aug 2014

Not really, good jobs are hard to find. - Dec 2013

Some, teaching (university) and possibly medical (doctor). - Oct 2012

Some - in teaching and medicine (but you need to get certified). - Feb 2011

Fair. - Jan 2011

Not many. - May 2010

I heard it is possible for spouses to work, but the cultural differences make it difficult for spouses to want to keep working. I believe a work permit is required. - Nov 2009

I don't know. Work permits are hard to get. - Mar 2008

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