Living and working in Trinidad
Life in the Caribbean
There is no other place in the Caribbean like the twin-island Republic of Trinidad & Tobago. From the picturesque Pitch Lake to the hemisphere's oldest protected rainforest, it is a destination where excitement meets tranquility.
Of the two, Trinidad is the industrially developed, fast paced island. There is a warm, sunny climate year round, with an average daytime temperature of about 28 degrees Celsius. The World Happiness Report, a landmark survey of the state of global happiness, ranked Trinidad & Tobago the highest in the Caribbean region in their 2015 survey report.
Trinidad & Tobago is an independent nation and Republic within the Commonwealth. Freedom of religion is enshrined in the Constitution. The official language is English and the local currency is the Trinidad and Tobago dollar (TT$), although United States dollars (US$) are widely accepted. The islands achieved independence from England in 1962, and many of its government and education systems are modeled after those of England.
Trinidad & Tobago is the leading Caribbean producer of oil and gas, and its economy is heavily dependent upon these resources. The cost of living in this part of the Caribbean is higher than that of the USA and South America as many goods are imported resulting in higher prices. The Income Tax rate for individuals is 25% of taxable earning and there are also social security costs on top of this.
Recreational activities include a myriad of restaurants, bars and nightlife; cricket and football are very popular; and due to the island’s geographical location, there is a variety of flora and fauna for the nature seekers to enjoy.
A foreign national wishing to work in Trinidad & Tobago must apply for a work permit through the Ministry of National Security. Each work permit is issued to a particular person for a specified period of time and for attachment to a particular company or institution, as described in the permit. Citizens of CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) states who meet certain criteria can apply for a Certificate of Recognition of CARICOM Skills Qualification.