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Working in Cyprus

When Bulgaria and Romania were inducted into the European Union in 2007, it gave them the right to seek employment in other E.U countries. So it was that a tidal wave of bargain-basement rate labor inundated Cyprus.

Since Cyprus is a foremost tourist target, multinational business and shipping industries are making their presence felt in the country. The Cypriot government is also working on developing high-tech industry. Service sector industries like education, trade, health care, accounting, real estate, and banking are expanding very quickly. Additionally, there are good job prospects in the construction, manufacturing and agriculture sectors.

The ability to land a job will be determined by the professional credentials one has and personal skills.  There is a lot of competition for the more casual jobs in tourism and catering industries. This fact also holds true to some extent for the more experienced professionals. For example, a highly skilled electrician from the United Kingdom will earn less than a few years ago due to the large number of Romanian and Bulgarian workers.

The best way to find a job in Cyprus is through recruitment agencies. They match up the resumes of prospective employees with positions open in various industries. For their services they charge varying fees. Obviously the traditional methods of going through newspapers and searching online also work.

While the number of working hours depends on the profession, majority of the business work between 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. there is usually a break from 1:00 to 2:30. On Wednesdays, the afternoons are normally given off with everyone going home at 1:00. Workers are protected with solid laws so employers can’t exploit them.


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