A majority of the jobs in Guadeloupe are concentrated in the civil service sector. However unemployment is a significant problem especially in the fifteen to twenty-nine year age groups. This group accounts for 43 percent unemployment.
Some sectors provide better opportunities for employment in Guadeloupe, especially for foreign workers looking to combine travel with a chance to earn some money to fund the travelling expenses. These sectors include people who speak French or Spanish, those having advanced medical training, and people with carpentry experience. Most work in Guadeloupe requiring such experience tends to be in the summers and is of short duration, lasting from a few weeks to several weeks.
English teachers are also in demand on the island. Native English speakers and those having TEFL/TESOL certifications can usually find vacancies in Guadeloupe. The winter tourist season also opens up new venues for working in Guadeloupe, especially in the hospitality industry. Situations in Guadeloupe hospitality industry include tour guides, cooks, receptionists, sailing instructors, bartenders and many others.
Obtaining a work visa for Guadeloupe can be difficult as the government policy is to ensure that locals get majority the jobs. This leads to many visitors working ‘under the table’ for cash. This is not only illegal and can lead to hefty fines for the employer and guaranteed deportation for the visitor, but tends to be an unreliable form of employment in Guadeloupe.
Citizens of many counties are exempt from tourist and work visas for the island. The visitors form the European Union, EEE, Holy Sea, Monaco and Liechtenstein and do not require a visa even if they wish to work or stay in Guadeloupe for more than 90 days. Citizens of most other countries of world must get a work visa is they wish to seek work in Guadeloupe, even if it is short term.