​Work areas

While employment in Portugal (and particularly, in Lisbon) has been on the rise on the latest years, job openings for foreigners can be greatly limited by the language barriers. If you are looking for an area-specific job, related to your studies or formation area, the best that you can do is make sure you have a good level of Portuguese that allows you to interact, do an interview and work with specific vocabulary in a comfortable way. 
Job offers in Portugal are normally not classified by nationality, but fluency in Portuguese is often implicit, and as a job seeker you have to know that often times your potential employers will expect that you can perform in the local language.
There are, however, some areas where finding an English-speaking job (or a job for any other language speakers) may be easier:
  • Teaching: working as a teacher of your native language, or as an assistant, can be a good way to kickstart your career in Portugal, specially if you come from any humanities/social sciences areas. 
  • Customer care: there is a high demand in Lisbon for speakers of different languages (French, Spanish, and many others) in the area of customer service, since many international companies have outsourced their workforces here. Teleperformance, Sitel or Webhelp are just some of the many companies hiring.
  • Start-ups: young entrepreneurs, creatives, marketing graduates and other types may be able to strike some job deals in the growing start-up market of the city. Start-ups may be more internationally oriented or diverse as regular companies, and therefore the use of English is commonplace. If you are considering setting up your start-up in the city, consider applying for an Erasmus+ programme for young entrepreneurs, and check Lisbon's Town Hall's Start Up Lisboa site.
  • Hostel and restauration jobs: hotels, hostels, restaurants and other service-oriented business located in the city's most touristic areas have a higher demand for foreign-speaking staff, because of obvious reasons. In the case of hostels, they may offer you free food an accommodation in exchange from the working hours, as opposed to a regular salary.
  • Tour guides: tour companies usually hire guides fluent in a variety of languages because they may have clients from many different nationalities. If you did your Erasmus in Lisbon, or you are familiar with the city, this may be a good option.


Language requirements

  • Portuguese as a foreign language

Work portals & opportunities

  • Sapo

  • Indeed

  • LinkedIn

Paperwork, visas and taxes

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  • How to do taxes

  • How to get a visa