Work in Peru


Looking for professional opportunities in Peru? Here is what you need to know on the local labor market.

Working and living in Peru is the dream of many foreigners. Finding a job in this Latin American country may be a difficult task, but it is not impossible. Indeed, the local labor market is rather open towards expatriates, thanks to the presence of many foreign companies in the country. In fact, most Peruvian companies prefer to hire local workers due to the long and complicated formalities related to the recruitment of foreigners. Most procedures have to be undertaken by the employer on the behalf of the employee.

Therefore, it is best to start your job search from your home country if you wish to work in the Land of Incas. Note that you can enter the country either with a tourist visa or a temporary professional visa. On your arrival in the country, you can then convert your visa into a permanent work visa. Make sure, however, to be in possession of all required documents.

Working conditions

Foreign workers working in Peru under a professional contract are subject to specific conditions. In general, the employment contract has a maximum of three years duration. However, the contract can be renewed according to an agreement between your employer and you.

Note that companies established and operating in Peru are allowed to have a maximum of 20% of foreign employees.

The legal working week in Peru consists of 48 hours.

In 2014, the minimum monthly salary in the private sector amounted to 750 new Peruvian soles. However, there are some discrepancies between men and women's wages.

Social contributions are made by the employer only at a rate of 27% of the employee's monthly salary.


A good knowledge of a few foreign languages, such as Spanish, English and French, will be a considerable advantage during your job quest.

Promising fields

Foreigners are more likely to be hired in the tourism field thanks to the presence of many restaurants, hotels, tour operators, etc, in most cities. These are very open towards multilingual candidates. Career prospects are also available in the banking and finance fields due to the presence of many foreign banks in Peru, especially in Lima.

Note that Peru's economy mainly relies on the following fields: exports, public and private investment, infrastructure, education, health care (medicine, the therapy industry, etc). So why not try your luck in any of these fields if you feel you have the right profile? In all cases, obtaining a work visa can be particularly complicated.

Find a job

You will probably start your job search in Peru on the Internet by browsing specialized job websites and professional social networks. You may also check out classified ads in local newspapers, some of which are available online. As mentioned above, it is best to start your quest right from your home country. So why not try your luck by sending spontaneous job applications to foreign companies operating in Peru?

You may also seek the assistance of foreign Chambers of Commerce in Peru and of other diplomatic representative offices. Good luck!

 Useful links: – Jobs in Peru 
Ministry of Labor and Employment
Empleos Peru
Job Rapido
Compu Trabajo

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Experiencing a real economic boom since a few years, Peru is very open towards young foreign nationals looking for internship opportunities.
Arequipa, capital city of the region bearing the same name, provides job opportunities mainly in industry, trade and construction.
Trujillo's economy is mainly driven by tourism, agri-food, leather and trade which are also the job providers of this Peruvian city.
Lima, the Peruvian capital city, makes a significant contribution to the development of Latin America. It also provides many jobs to expatriates.
Setting up a business in Peru is rather easy thanks to the country's simple legal and tax framework regarding foreign investment.

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