Difficult as it may be to believe, Andorra actually achieved zero percent unemployment in 2007. Even now it has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the world. Roughly 95% of its work force is engaged in the services sector. Tourism is the major employer with retail sales, finance and banking being the other important sectors that provide jobs in the country.

A very large percent of all jobs available in the country are tourism related and include things like bar staff, waiters and waitresses, chefs, and ski instructors. Full range of hotel related jobs are also available but you stand a better chance of getting these if you speak more than one language, like Spanish or French. Andorra has a minimum wage set and most temporary workers make at least this much. Five percent of the wages are deducted towards CASS contributions, other than that there are no taxes in the country.

Everyone wishing to work in Andorra will first have to get a work permit. Employers normally get these for their employees.  There are two types of work permits, renewable and non-renewable.  The renewable work permits are initially issued for six months, and can be extended for another one year.  For an even longer stay the temporary residence card is issued for two years, which can be traded for a five year ordinary residence card.  The last step is the 10 year privileged residence card. Charges for the cards are nominal but the employer has to pay when getting the card for the first time. Quotas apply to renewable work permits but there are no such quotas for non-renewable permits. The non-renewable work permits are for the seasonal workers who have to leave the country within one month of the permit expiring.

 

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