Unemployment and inflation are high in Albania and there are only a handful of large businesses and banks based there. However, for individuals looking to experience Albania, there are places where work can be found with an effort.
Albania has a rich supply of natural minerals, so there are job openings as miners and plant employees. The country grows a lot of olives which are turned into oil, opening work opportunities in oil factories. There are also chances of jobs in the various health clinics, NGOs and hotels. Tourists are just beginning to discover Albania, and places like Vlore offer plenty of job options at the height of tourist seasons during summer vacations.
For similar positions, salaries in Albania are lower when compared to other countries. Supporting a family on such a salary may require extra effort or cut backs on some luxuries.
To be able to work legally in Albania, foreigners will need a work permit. Full-time workers are normally sponsored by the employer for the duration of the contract and any immediate family they may have automatically accompanies them. Contract workers will need to get the work permit each time they get hired and each new client will have to sponsor them. This can be a tedious and time consuming process. Alternatively, contractors can use an “umbrella” company that basically employs and sponsors the contractors. This company also processes the contractor’s wages, and makes sure any necessary taxes are paid and everything is legal. This makes working in Albania for contractors much easier.