Working in Brazil

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The Brazilian economy is relatively stableExpats working in Brazil are often attracted by its image as a fast-growing economy with a prosperous future and famously beautiful leisure attractions. It is the seventh largest economy in the world and the largest in South America by some margin, and recovered swiftly from the global economic crisis.
 
Growth has stagnated, however, and while unemployment remains fairly low, job prospects have diminished and the competition for jobs has increased. This has partially been a result of structural problems, including a slow-moving bureaucracy, corruption and weak infrastructure.
 
The Brazilian economy is expected to recover though, and the government has also put a lot of effort into boosting growth by investing in large-scale infrastructure projects as well as scientific and technological development. This has attracted an increasingly skilled workforce.
 

The job market in Brazil


The majority of foreigners who find jobs in Brazil are highly skilled expats who work in industries with skills shortages. This includes IT, engineering, construction, oil and gas. 
 
Qualified expats working in IT as software engineers, programmers and database managers are highly sought-after. Jobs in finance and engineering are, however, competitive and a number of years of experience is needed even for entry-level positions in some cases. 
 
The majority of expats working in Brazil tend to be based in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Sao Paulo is the home of Brazil’s stock exchange, while Rio is home to a number of thriving oil companies.
 

Finding a job in Brazil

 
Expats wanting to live and work in Brazil can use a number of resources in their job search. Local publications are good for researching various industries and contain jobs listings in a range of sectors, though expats may need to enlist the help of someone fluent in Portuguese.

Online job postings are also a good place to look, although expats should be wary of possible scammers.
 

Work culture in Brazil


The Brazilian work environment is known for appearing very formal on the surface with a much more casual atmosphere when it comes to personal interactions. Relationships are very important to Brazilians when doing business and expats will have to put a lot of effort into networking if they want to be successful.
 
There are no set business hours in Brazil, although most businesses are open sometime between 8am and 6pm. Many businesses open from 8.30am to 5.30pm, while executives will often start and finish working later. Lunch is usually taken between 12.30pm and 2.30pm.

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