Peru has experienced strong economic growth in recent years and there are a number of opportunities for expats seeking work in Peru.
The mining industry is a big attraction for skilled foreigners who want to work in Peru. Opportunities also exist in the country's other main sectors of agriculture, fisheries, gas and petroleum exploitation and manufacturing. Tourism is another large contributor to the economy and a source of employment in Peru for foreigners, as is teaching English.
Lima, the capital city, is the centre of business, and where most foreigners end up basing themselves in Peru. However, there are also opportunities within rural areas and smaller towns where tourism is popular.
All foreigners working in Peru are required to have a relevant work permit. Those moving to Peru as part of a corporate relocation will likely have a work permit organised through their employer.
Finding a job in Peru
Many foreigners are transferred to Peru as part of a corporate relocation within their existing company. For those arriving in the country and looking for work, the internet is a good place to start. Online job portals and social networking sites such as LinkedIn are of great benefit to job seekers, as are company websites, which often post vacancies under their career tab. It's also worth checking local newspapers for job listings.
Job market in Peru
It is not always easy for expats to find work within a Peruvian company as precedence is often given to locals. There are also some restrictions for employing foreigners. Expats therefore often find themselves working in Peru for a foreign-owned company, or are transferred there as part of a corporate relocation. Others seek out part-time employment or look for work teaching English. The latter is increasing in demand, particularly in Lima where locals are keen to learn the language for business dealings, or for their children.
Work culture in Peru
Peruvians are hardworking people, but family is also important and work commitments will generally not interfere with family time. Peruvians also have a highly relaxed attitude to time and it’s not unusual for meetings to start late.
Although many city-dwelling Peruvians can speak English, Spanish is the official language of Peru and the main language of business. Expats who can speak Spanish may find it easier to find work and also to adjust to working life in Peru. Quechua, an indigenous Indian language, is the other official language of Peru and widely spoken in rural areas.
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