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☛ EN Advice How to find a job in Cape Verde

Discussion in 'Cape Verde' started by EasyExpat, Mar 15, 2010.

  1. EasyExpat

    EasyExpat Administrator
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    Feb 10, 2003
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    English, Français

    If you live in Cape Verde or are planning to move and made already some research you can help in sharing your experience.

    What is the best way to find a job in Cape Verde? Is it better to go there on holiday and search? Do you register on some website? Do you use recruitment agencies in Cape Verde?

    You can help and share information on:
    :arrow: Useful websites to find a job in Cape Verde.
    :arrow: Do you use newspaper? Online information sites?
    :arrow: Recruitment agencies? Have you got their contact?
    :arrow: Other ways/advice for getting a job?

    Thanks in advance for sharing your experience with the community :)
  2. CVAngelo

    CVAngelo New Member

    Jul 13, 2014
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    Praia, Santiago
    Living In:
    Cape Verde
    American (US)
    English, Krioulo, Portuguese
    Cape Verde is a poor country in Africa. The country exports almost nothing so the economy depends heavily on foreign aid, foreign remittances from the diaspora, foreign government concessions and foreign investors. So there are not that many jobs being created. In fact, there is a high unemployment rate among the local university graduates because there a no jobs into which they can be absorbed.

    Furthermore, the official language is Portuguese and if you cannot speak the language, you will not be able to perform the requirements of the job, even if one were available.

    Yet, the tourism sector is the fastest growing sector of the economy and generates 25% of the GDP. 80% of the tourists, or about 600,000 annually, holiday on the islands of Sal and Boavista. And the majority of the tourists are English speakers. So interestingly, most of the jobs being created in Cape Verde are in the tourism sector on those two islands (total local population 30,000) and they are being generated by the European investors who are starting all the businesses there to serve the hordes of tourists.

    So you can indeed readily find a job in Sal (where 50% of the tourists go) provided you would be willing to work in the tourism sector. Also, the employers naturally prefer to have employees who can speak English (does not even have to be fluently) as most of the customers speak English.

    If you'd like to know more about how to land a job in Cape Verde, you can request this e-Guide and get more details. But what would be even better if you would be relocating to Cape Verde is to consider starting your own business in Cape Verde as it can be very lucrative and you will have much more flexibility than if you were an employee.

    Unfortunately, the job and employment information services in Cape Verde are completely underdeveloped. Job openings are not posted except government jobs in the local newspaper, but there are no employment agencies, no job websites, nothing. You have to actually be present in Cape Verde and walk around and stop into the businesses you see to find a job. Or you have to tap into your social networks to ask if anyone has heard about openings. Other than the Guide, there is no formal source of information on jobs.

    #2 CVAngelo, Jan 31, 2019
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2019
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