Working in Porto
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Porto is a favourite Portuguese destination for many expats, thanks to its beautiful architecture, rich history, and waterfront location. As the second largest city in Portugal, after Lisbon, there are many employment opportunities to be found in Porto.

Porto is most well-known for its Vinho do Porto or port wine. However, many more opportunities can be found here beyond the wine industry - Porto hosts not only a maritime port but also a developed industrial and professional sector. The city attracts many young professionals, thanks to the various opportunities it offers in different fields. Make sure to read the articles about the labour market and the work culture in Porto in order to perceive the bigger picture - it is helpful to learn more about working in Porto, including what types of opportunities are available, and which industries are most likely to hire expats.

Getting a work permit

To be able to work in Porto, you must first obtain the required authorisations. Non-European Union citizens have to apply for a residence and work permit to be authorised to work in Portugal. You can ask for further information via the Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras (SEF) website. European Union nationals do not need a visa to work in Portugal. However, they do need to obtain the relevant permits if they intend to stay in Porto for more than a year. All required information can be obtained at the Portuguese Consulate or Embassy in your home country. Keep in mind that having all proper documentation and working legally will protect you from malicious employers and preserve your rights.

Your rights as a foreign professional in Porto

Typically, full-time employees work a 40-hour work week, with a minimum annual leave of 22 days, plus nine public holidays. All workers in Portugal, even on a part-time or contract basis, pay into tax and social security, which are deducted from your pay. After a period working and paying taxes, you are protected by the Social Security system, and you become entitled to an unemployment fund in case you are laid off from your job. All information about this can be found at Autoridade para as Condições do Trabalho (ACT) and Segurança Social.

Looking for a job in Porto

The best way to start searching for work is both online and via the local newspapers. Some websites you must get acquainted with are Net Empregos and SAPO Emprego.

Make sure your resume, or CV, is up to date before applying for work, and consider asking someone local to the area to help you update your resume, as the resume style in Portugal may be different than your home country. If you are already in the country, visiting local businesses with copies of your resume can be a great way to find work, especially in the fields of retail and hospitality.

Local recruitment and employment agencies such as Randstad and Egor can also help you find both short-term and permanent work.

There are many jobs available for English speakers, but speaking Portuguese will offer a definite advantage in the competitive job market. It can be beneficial to take language courses before arriving or enrol in a local language class on arrival in Porto.

Finally, don't forget to read the article about developing a professional network in Porto since you will be able to find some tips on where to start your research, and also establish useful contacts in the city.

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