Updated 2 years ago

Finding a job in Phnom Penh can be a real challenge. Here are some tips to guide you.

If you are moving to Cambodia, you are more likely to settle in Phnom Penh which is its capital city. Located in the South of the country, Phnom Penh is above all a historical and cultural city thanks to its huge heritage and numerous places of interest. Over the years, it has been attracting tourists and expatriates in large numbers, including retirees and professionals seeking career opportunities in South-East Asia.

Finding a job in Phnom Penh can be quite difficult, but not impossible. Take the time to inquire on its labor market and working conditions beforehand.


Cambodia's economy has recently started booming, with a growth rate of 7.5% in 2013 according to the World Bank. Phnom Penh has kept up the pace due to the setting up of many restaurants, bars, residential buildings, as well as new hotels, etc. In fact, the capital city's economy is mainly based on tourism and leisure.

Textile is another important economic pillar. In 2007, Cambodia ranked 6th among the world's major exporters in terms of textile and clothing. Other activities such as trade, agriculture (palm oil, peanuts, rice, pepper, etc), as well as small and medium enterprises also make a significant contribution to its Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Over the years, real estate has also developed considerably thanks to foreign investment, namely from Indonesia and South Korea added to government contributions. Phnom Penh is now a dynamic city, hosting Camko City which is a huge building project that should be completed in 2018. This project is costing some US$ 200 million.

Labor market

The local labor market is regulated by a quota applied by the Cambodia Ministry of Labor regarding the recruitment of foreign employees. Thus, local companies are allowed to hire a maximum of 10% of foreigners as follows:

  • 3% of office staff
  • 6% of experts
  • 1% of workers.

However in some cases, some companies may be allowed to exceed these quotas with the authorization of the Ministry of Labor. Note that these conditions apply to the whole country.

Find a job

In Phnom Penh, like anywhere else in the country, you are more likely to be hired in the following fields: English teaching, guest houses, bars, restaurants and NGOs. If you are not yet in the country, inquire on the major firms operating in Phnom Penh to which you can send spontaneous job applications.

Otherwise, you can browse job offers on the Internet thanks to numerous general and specialized job websites, as well as professional social networks.

Like in the rest of the country, most jobs for foreigners are available in the fields of English teaching, guest house service, in bars, restaurants, NGOs. Anyway, if you're not on the spot, make sure to contact the companies to which you want to turn to.

 Good to know:

You stand more chances of being hired with professional experience rather than a diploma. Moreover, along with your qualifications, you will be eligible to a higher salary than those who don't have any, as well as locals.

 Useful links:

Expat.com – Jobs in Phnom Penh 
Expat.com – Work in Phnom Penh Forum 
BongThom www.bongthom.com
CamHr camhr.com
The Phnom Penh Post www.phnompenhpost.com
Cambodia Jobs www.cambodia-jobs.com
Pelprek www.pelprek.com
Idealist www.idealist.org
B2B Cambodia www.b2b-cambodia.com
AmCham www.amchamcambodia.net

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