Looking for a job in Tunis? Find, in this article, an overview of its labor market and some tips to help you land a job.
Tunis is the capital city of Tunisia. As the national economic and commercial capital city, it has been attracting many expatriates over the years. According to latest official statistics, its population consisted of 1,056,247 inhabitants in 2014.
Tunis is part of the Grand Tunis along with neighbor cities such as Manouba, Ariana and Ben Arous, accounting for 24% of the country's total population, that is 2,294,547 inhabitants, based on the National Statistics Institute of Tunisia.
In September 2014, Tunisian authorities launched a huge project named Tunisia Economic City. This project implies the construction of the first complete global and modern economic, tourist, social and cultural city between Enfidha International Airport (in the Sousse Governorate) and Bouficha in the South of Hammamet (in the Nabeul Governorate). The aim of this economic city is to create around 250,000 jobs during its first 6 years of existence in the following fields: hospitality, leisure, medical and health care, media, among others.
Currently, most of the city's income come from textiles, carpets and olive oil, durum wheat, wine, vegetables and pulses, as well as tourism.
Given its strategic position, Tunis also hosts one third of companies, including the head offices of many Tunisian companies with more than 50 employees (except the Compagnie des Phosphates de Gafsa which is located in Gafsa).
Every year, some 80,000 students graduate from Tunisian universities. Therefore, the local labor market already has qualified manpower at its disposal. In fact, many Tunisian students also complete their higher studies abroad, especially in Europe. Thus, the local labor market tends to hire more Tunisian nationals.
Foreign nationals, for their part, can try their luck with international companies operating across the city. Depending on your qualifications and skills, you are quite likely to find a job in the following fields: information and communication technology, aeronautics, banks, energy, agri food, mines, textile, retail, as well as tourism.
Note, however, that experts have more chances of landing a job that foreign professionals with less qualifications.
For information regarding the employment and working conditions in Tunis for foreign nationals, please refer to the article “Employment of foreign nationals in Tunisia”.