I have been working in Bermuda for the last 9 months, leaving Ireland for a more sub tropical setting. I work a 9-5 day, 5 days a week, which leaves me ample time to partake and enjoy sporting interests like soccer, tennis, golf and even poker!
One of the best aspects of Bermuda is the weather. People flock to the beaches regularly to swim, tan and generally enjoy the view. Beach volleyball is hugely popular as is beach soccer, both ensuring a disappearance of the “Irish” tan if played. Another enjoyable aspect of Bermuda is the ample supply of quality/not too expensive restaurants where the variety of fish is as never-ending as the courteous staff.
Whilst looking on the internet before I arrived, I was still uncertain as to many areas of moving here. However, BermudaJobs and my employer were collectively very helpful in providing assistance in relation to a) finding accommodation b) getting settled c) work permit/immigration papers d) finding restaurants and of course e) finding one or two public houses to wet your whistle! The friendly nature and unassuming attitude of the staff at BermudaJobs cemented my lack of anxiety whilst settling in here.
One particular issue I had before arriving was the “word of mouth” or rather “Chinese whisper” of how expensive Bermuda is compared with other countries. My only comparison was Ireland and here’s what I found:
- Food prices are the same.
- Rent is more expensive here with monthly rentals for a room in a house-share can be between $900-$1500, however this is offset, with a lot of change, by having to pay little or no tax. Also, a lot of houses/apartments have swimming pools.
- Saving, particularly in Dublin, is hard, but with very little or no tax to be paid over here, it is very manageable to put away a lot of money every month and also whilst most bonuses in Dublin are taxed at 50%, the bonuses over here are paid into your hand.
- Also alcohol is cheaper over here with a “happy hour” on, in almost every tavern in the village on a Friday evening.
Overall it has been a pleasurable experience with still a lot to see and a lot more to do. I feel that this international experience will not only enhance my CV but also will give me the opportunities to excel in my industry.