Despite Cambodia having one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, the country is still hindered by a high poverty rate, corruption and low per-capita income rate.
Depending on the type of work an expat is interested in, finding a job on the ground in Cambodia can be easier than securing one before arriving in the country. That said, the recruitment of professionals is usually organised in advance through recruitment agencies, and expats may find that the salary offered to an in-country candidate is lower than that of someone outside of the country.
Job market in Cambodia
Expats will find that agriculture is the most dominant economic sector in Cambodia. Other booming sectors include textiles, construction and garments. Tourism is the fastest-growing industry in Cambodia, with an influx of Japanese and South Korean tourists frequenting the country each year. Expats who are able to speak the local language (Khmer) or another Asian language will have an advantage if looking for work in this sector.
Teaching English is also a popular choice amongst expats. As schools prefer to meet the teacher before offering them the job, going to schools personally to submit one's CV can be a more fruitful process.
Finding a job in Cambodia
The English-language newspapers, like the Phnom Penh Post and Cambodia Daily, have a wide array of job listings. Alternatively, the internet is always a valuable resource when looking for jobs.
For a fee, expats can also consult a recruitment agency in order to enlist the help of an expert.
►See Doing Business in Cambodia for information about the local business culture
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