Work in Lisbon


Lisbon’s labor market has its own specificities. Find, in this article, a few guidelines if you are looking for a job in Portugal’s capital city.

Labor statistics are quite alarming in Lisbon, Portugal's capital city. In 2013, unemployment rate stood at 17%. Hence, it may not be an appropriate destination for young professionals seeking job perspectives in the country. However, you can still try your luck in a few fields if you really wish to settle there. Entrepreneurship is definitely the best way to earn your living there. But if you are seeking employment, you are advised to inquire on the local labor market's requirements beforehand.

Main recruiters

Some sectors are constantly in need of foreign expertise in Lisbon. Hence, if you have a good command of Portuguese, as well as of two or more foreign languages, you are more likely to be hired by call centers and contact centers. These are, in fact, the capital city's major recruiters, just like the hospitality and catering fields where experienced candidates are the most welcome.

The information and communication technology field also requires programmers, system developers, system analysts, etc. You may apply for a job there if you have necessary qualifications and skills. Moreover, jobs are also available in the health care field for general and specialized doctors, as well as in supermarkets and hypermarkets.

Find a job

There are various ways to find a job in Lisbon. First of all, you can check out general and specialized job websites where you can also register your resume. Interested employers will be able to contact you on seeing your profile. You can as well check out classified ads in local newspapers such as Correio da Manhã, Diario de notícias and Expresso.

You will find many recruitment agencies in Lisbon. Registering with these may allow you to find a job according to your profile more easily. Note that corporate volunteering opportunities are also available there for those who wish to embark on a 6 to 24 months duration internship program. However, you have to be between 18 and 28 years old to be eligible.

Finally, you can spot a few big firms operating in Lisbon and send them spontaneous job applications or seek help from foreign chambers of commerce.

 Useful links:
Expresso Emprego
Net Empregos
Emprego Sapo
Empregos online
Michael Page
Adecco Portugal
Manpower Lisbon


You are not likely to receive high wages in any of Portugal's cities. The average wage is fixed at 500 euros per month. However, there may be some disparities between men's and women's salaries. Moreover, Portuguese speaking candidates will definitely be luckier.

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