Peru has experienced strong economic growth in recent years and there are a number of opportunities for job-seeking expats.

The mining industry especially attracts many foreign workers and companies. Opportunities also exist in agriculture, fisheries, gas- and petroleum exploitation, and manufacturing. Tourism and teaching English are also popular sources of employment among foreigners.

Lima, the capital city of Peru, is the centre of business and has the largest expat community. Some rural areas and smaller towns also offer work opportunities, especially in tourism.

All foreigners working in Peru are required to have a relevant work permit. Those moving to Peru as part of corporate relocation will likely have one organised for them by their employer.

Job market in Peru

It is not always easy for expats to find work within a Peruvian company. Not only do many companies give locals precedence, but there are also some restrictions on employing foreigners. Expats therefore often find themselves working in Peru for foreign-owned companies or are transferred to the country as part of corporate relocation. Others seek out part-time employment or look for work teaching English. The demand for English teachers is increasing, particularly in Lima where locals are keen to learn the language for business dealings or to give their children a leg up.

Finding a job in Peru

Many foreigners are transferred to Peru as part of a corporate relocation within their existing company. For new arrivals in the country still looking for work, the internet is a good place to start. Social networks such as LinkedIn are of great benefit to job seekers, and it's worth checking local newspapers for job listings too. Company websites may also post vacancies.

Work culture in Peru

Peruvians are hardworking people, but family is also important and work commitments will generally not interfere with family time. Peruvians also have a highly relaxed attitude to time and it’s not unusual for meetings to start late.

Although many city-dwelling Peruvians can speak English, Spanish is the official, and business, language of Peru. Speaking Spanish may help with finding work and can make adjusting to life in Peru that much easier. Quechua, an indigenous language, is the other official language of Peru and is widely spoken in rural areas.

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