Working in Libya

Expats considering working in Libya will almost certainly be pigeon-holed into employment by one of the hydrocarbon monstrosities that dominate the economy.

In a country where 97 percent of export earnings are attributed to the country’s oil resources, foreigners may find working opportunities in Libya of varying description and degree, but employers/sponsors will most likely be concentrated in sectors that seek to satisfy energy consumption.

Construction is another main sector of employment in Libya, and supports projects commissioned by the Organisation for the Development of Administrative Centres and other arms of government, such as the Ministry of Housing and the Ministry of Infrastructure.

Work permits and residency visas (Iqama) absolutely must be arranged before taking up employment in Libya.

Expats working in Libya will find themselves in a conservative Muslim country, and business will often be conducted in accordance with this. Arabic is the official language of Libya, and expats will do well to have at least a basic understanding of the language. English and French are also widely spoken in business circles.

Jameela Deen Our Expat Expert

Serial Expat, ESL University Teacher and Travel Blogger. I've lived in France, the UK, Libya and now Saudi Arabia. I can't wait to add more countries to the list.