Plenty of seasonal jobs are available in Cyprus thanks to the domination of the tourism industry on the island. Greek and Turkish are the local languages in Cyprus, but work in the tourist industry usually requires a working knowledge of English, as most tourists will need to communicate in English. Work can be found in bars, restaurants, cafes etc during the tourist season, especially in the busy tourist areas of Limassol, Larnaca, Paphos, and Ayia Napa. Women may find it easier to secure employment in these areas than men.
If you don't mind agricultural work, you can also find seasonal opportunities on farms. Strawberry harvests take place between May and June, and November and December, while grapes are harvested between August and October and olives in the autumn.
The only problem with seasonal agricultural and tourism jobs is that they are usually found by asking farm and hotel owners in person, rather than advertised online. The way people usually find such employment is by buying a ticket to Cyprus for 1 or 2 weeks in April-May, and asking around until they have secured jobs. Though this may seem risky, former seasonal job seekers in Cyprus have assured newcomers that around 90% of them managed to secure season summer employment in this way.
Au pair opportunities are also available seasonally in the summer months, as employed parents with children at home may need extra help taking care of their children's' needs. Refer to our section on becoming an Au Pair for more information.
Though many seasonal jobs require personal contact with business owners in order to secure, there are some websites that list seasonal openings, especially in the tourism industry.
Forums on websites dealing with Cyprus' tourism industry and seasonal work can be great sources of information for finding opportunities for a seasonal job on the island. Make sure to also check out EasyExpat's Cyprus forum to connect with other expats and find out about possible jobs.
The following newspapers list work opportunities in Cyprus, and often include information on seasonal jobs, particularly in the months of March to April before the high tourist season starts.
For foreigners studying in Cyprus who wish to obtain seasonal employment while school is out of session, Cypriot law now allows university students to work up to 20 hours a week in low-level Cypriot jobs, provided they have resided and studied in Cyprus for at least 6 months.
ISIC - The ISIC Student card is one of the most widely used international discount cards for students. You can save money off tours, museums, certain hotel chains, subscriptions, shopping, and almost anything else you might need while abroad with the ISIC Card. A passport-sized photo is required and the card costs about $25 and is good through December 31st of each year. It can be purchased at http://www.isic.org/get-your-card/
EYCA – The European Youth Card is offered to all students enrolled in Cypriot universities, so if you are studying in Cyprus you can use the card to get discounts to stores, theaters, tours, restaurants, and much more.
To obtain seasonal work in Cyprus as a non-EU citizen, you need an entry permit for the purposes of employment, as well as a temporary residence and employment permit. Seasonal workers are allowed to work for up to four months with their initial permits, and can extend for only four months more if need be.
In most cases, the employer has to submit an application to the District Labour Office, and then apply for a non-EU national in order to obtain the permits. However, for many seasonal jobs employers do end up paying foreigners in the tourism and agricultural industries “off the books”, and sometimes sidestep these applications. Check with your employer if they can handle or assist with your visa applications before heading off to Cyprus.
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