Since Paraguay’s economy is one of the fastest growing in South America, there are several job opportunities for foreigners who have set their sights on this Latin paradise.
The pharmaceutical industry has grown exponentially over the past few years, meaning that foreigners have a higher chance of finding employment in this sector. The industrial and manufacturing sectors contribute significantly to Paraguay’s economy and job openings are available to international employees. Higher paying jobs can be found with multi-national organisations that have branches in this South American country. For this latter type of jobs, a proficient knowledge of business English should suffice. For jobs with local Paraguayan businesses, Spanish is usually a requirement, but your employer might be willing to organise Spanish classes once you are there.
English teachers can also find employment in Paraguay. Requirements include having a certificate that attests your knowledge and abilities to teach others and jobs can be found both in the public and the private sector. Private institutions usually offer higher salaries. Nonetheless, the cost of living in Paraguay is somewhat less expensive than in other Latin American countries, so most salaries should be able to cover your basic needs. When considering your budget, also take into account that, in most cases, you will be required to pay for the flight arrangements on your own.
Standard working hours in Paraguay are 8 hours per day, with a maximum of 60 hours per week. Anyone wanting to work in Paraguay is required to apply for a work permit, which is valid for the length of your employment contract.