Jobs in Brazil
Would you like to work in Brazil? Find out everything you need to know about applying, eligibility, visa requirments and employers who hire international staff. Search jobs for foreigners throughout the country in places like Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.
Paid Work for Foreigners in Brazil
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Guide to Working in Brazil
On our guide for foreigners to gain employment in Brazil you can view top tips and search recommended companies and places to work. More than 70,000 work visas are issued by the Brazilian government every year to foreigners where you can live and work in places like Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
We get enquiries from people all over the world, usually from Americans and British people often wondering wanting to work in South America and we always recommend Brazil. If you would like to start a career, gain work experience or try working in Brazil our guide will help you achieve this.
Top Reasons to Work in Brazil
There are so many reasons you might want to consider working abroad in Brazil including:
- The people are among some of the friendliest in the world
- Experience a new culture
- Live in world famous cities
- Gain an insight into the largest economy in South America
- Warm weather
Visa Requirements for Working in Brazil
If you enter Brazil on a normal tourist visa you are not allowed to seek paid employment. This isn't to say people don't do it, but if you are caught or overstay your visa you will usually be fined and not allowed back into the country for 6 months. To work in Brazil legally you will need to get a visa, this must be applied for by an employer in Brazil. If accepted, this visa will allow you to work in Brazil for up to 2 years. After this time if you want to stay you can apply for permanent resident status. If you are already working in a profession and have a degree level education you are more likely to be given a work visa
Brazil is a developed country with agricultural, manufacturing, mining and service sectors. Brazil is one of the leading countries when it comes to producing hydroelectric power, sugar cane and coffee. Brazil also exports huge numbers of cocoa, soya beans, orange juice and tobacco.
- Bacardi-Martini, Banco Bradesco, Banco do Brasil, BNP Parabas, Coca-Cola, Facebook, Itaúsa-Investimentos, Itaú, Microsoft, GlaxoSmithKline, Petrobas and Vale.
Industries with Most Vacancies
- Engineering, environmental consultancy and IT
Where to Look for Employment
- Our website connects you to employers
- Networking and meeting new business contacts
- Recruitment agencies
- Internet forums and website like Catho
- Search around locally
- Work freelance via the internet
Best Recruitment Websites in Brazil for Foreigners
- Catho – one of the most popular job sites
- Guia de empregos
- Yahoo Empregos Brasil
Local Newspapers with Job Listings
- A Tribuna
- Classificados Diario Do Grande ABC
- Gazeta Online
Popular Places to Live and Work
Most people choose to work in São Paulo or Rio de Janeiro which are the most well known cities in Brazil. Generally it is more difficult to gain employment outside of these cities. Please note the cost of living in São Paulo and Rio is high, you will need enough money to cover you for the duration of your stay.
- São Paulo is a huge city with a population of over 10 million people. This is the Brazilian most important economic city in Brazil and Latin America
- São Paulo has lots of multinational companies located here and usually received more investment projects than any other city in Latin America.
- Also the largest stock exchange in Latin America and the Southern Hemisphere is located here.
- There are various different jobs in Sao Paulo for foreigners including international technology and innovation companies
Rio de Janeiro
- One of the most famous cities in the world and we usually find the number one destination people want to work
- There are various different jobs in Rio de Janeiro for foreigners
Other Places to Consider
- Salvador da Bahia
- Belo Horizonte
- Porto Alegre
- Vale do Paraiba e Litoral Norte
Casual Jobs in Brazil
Getting casual short term work in Brazil is very tough. If you think just turning up and getting jobs in bars, hotels and restaurants is very difficult and wages can be low. Some people work in hostels for free but then get accommodation and meals included. To improve your language skills and experience you could apply to volunteer in Brazil.
Top Tips When Job Hunting
- Search for international companies based in Brazil, these generally hire international staff more than local companies
- Check embassy websites, you will need to be fluent in the local language and also have a formal education
- Improve your Brazilian Portuguese, if you know zero local words and phrases then your chances of gaining employment. You might want to view our online Brazilian Portugese courses or search language schools in Brazil.
Wages & Currency
The local currency in Brazil is the real. Wages in Brazil really depend on the role and companies. Wages can be very low compared to countries like the USA and UK.
What to Expect from Working in Brazil
- Working hours - Most people work eight hours per day usually between 8am and 6pm with one or two days off per week.
- Holidays - Employees are usually entitled to up to 30 days' holiday after working full time for a year with the same employer.
Tax is quite high in Brazil starting at 7.5% with the top level at 27.5%. If you are a foreigner you will pay the higher end 27.5% tax on income earned in Brazil.
Scams and Things to Consider
Just like in other countries, when job hunting in Brazil you will come across internet ads and agecnies which might require you to pay a fee. Always be cautious when asked to provide money for a service, research companies thoroughly and check to see if they have a website or Facebook page where you can see feedback.
Help / Advice
If you need any help getting a job in Brazil please get in touch. Or if you have ever been to work in Brazil and would like to add a review, write about your experience or share any recommendations please contact us.
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