Working in Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is an important commercial centre of Brazil. As such, expats considering working in Rio de Janeiro can look for employment opportunities in a diverse range of industries. 


Job market in Rio de Janeiro 

Rio de Janeiro hosts major multinational companies in the oil, textile, shipbuilding, pharmaceuticals, media and communications fields. Highly qualified expats with skills in these industries are more likely to find employment. Teaching English is also a popular occupation for foreigners in Rio.


Finding a job in Rio de Janeiro

Expats moving to Brazil in search of work may find this a slow and frustrating endeavour. Competition for jobs in Rio de Janeiro is tight, and preference is mostly given to locals. Networking is an integral part of the job search in Brazil and it’s often about who you know rather than what you know. Expats seeking employment will do well to make the right connections. 

The best option is to secure a job in Rio before moving to Brazil. In fact, the majority of expats moving to the city for work have been transferred there as part of a relocation package with their existing multinational employer. 


Work culture in Rio de Janeiro

Despite its beaches, beautiful scenery, and easy-going lifestyle, expats moving to Rio should not be fooled into thinking they will be working in a relaxed environment. Despite the slower pace of business in Brazil, Brazilians work hard and expats will be expected to do the same. Although English is increasingly being spoken in business circles, it’s essential for foreigners wanting to work in Brazil to have knowledge of Portuguese.

Regardless of the industry or type of work, expats working in Rio de Janeiro will need a valid work permit for Brazil. Getting a work permit can be difficult as the employer often has to prove that the foreigner has skills that cannot be fulfilled by a Brazilian.