Working in Democratic Republic of Congo

Expats looking for work in the Democratic Republic of Congo are unlikely to see a move to the country as a permanent arrangement, but rather seek short-term opportunities there for financial reasons. Foreign workers, particularly in the corporate sector, are well paid.

However, those considering employment in the country need to weigh the high compensation against extreme hardship factors. Ongoing insecurity, political instability and a lack of basic services and infrastructure are all factors that contribute to the difficulties of living and working here.

Job market in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Expats working in the Democratic Republic of Congo are mostly employed within the mining industry or work in the humanitarian sector. Agriculture, fishing and forestry are the other major contributing sectors to the economy and where some foreigners may find work, while opportunities also exist in telecommunications, banking and IT.

Kinshasa is the largest city and economic centre of the country and where most expats will find employment. The mining region of Katanga and its capital, Lubumbashi, is also a popular destination for expats seeking employment, while those working in the humanitarian sector will likely be where the need is greatest, in the eastern Kivu provinces.

Finding a job in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Foreigners working in the Democratic Republic of Congo require a relevant work permit and work visa. The process for acquiring these permits can be complicated, but this is usually all handled by the employer.

Getting a job in the Democratic Republic of Congo is not always easy and the government has a number of restrictions in place when it comes to hiring foreigners. A local company can employ a maximum of 15 percent of foreigners, while in the mining sector, a maximum of five percent of management staff and ten percent of other employees can be foreign.

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