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Work in Cyprus

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Strong competition from Cypriot locals and the need to speak Greek means finding a job can be difficult. Discover how you could make it easier…

Job market in Cyprus

Cyprus has been hit hard by the global economic crisis. However, there are still jobs on offer in areas such as:

  • commerce;
  • construction;
  • hotels/restaurants;
  • processing;
  • services.

Forecasts for 2013 show that the following jobs offer the best employment chances for those with a degree:

  • accountants and other specialists in finance and commerce;
  • technical services consultants, programmers, computer specialists;
  • telecommunications/mobile phone technicians;
  • electrical engineers.

Job vacancies

Search for jobs in Cyprus at:

Work experience and internships in Cyprus

One option is to teach English in Cyprus. You don't need to be fluent in Greek, as it's important to create an English-speaking atmosphere in the classroom. For more information, see TEFL Cyprus .

Volunteering in Cyprus

You could volunteer by working with people with disabilities, at work camps or on youth exchanges on conservation projects such as the Marine Turtle Conservation Project - Northern Cyprus .

Other possible projects that you could get involved with in the country are listed at the European Youth Portal - Volunteering and Exchanges - Cyprus .

Language requirements

English is widely spoken throughout Cyprus although it might be necessary to speak Greek to secure employment in some sectors.

There are some Greek language courses in the UK and many good websites exist to help you learn a language or improve your skills. To get your Greek up to scratch, visit BBC languages - Greek .

Cypriot visas and immigration

According to the European Commission, EU citizens have the right to:

  • move to another EU country to work without a work permit;
  • enjoy equal treatment with nationals in access to employment, working conditions and all other social and tax advantages;
  • stay in the country even after employment has finished.

For more information, see:

EU nationals may also have health and social security coverage transferred to their host country. For country-specific information on social security entitlements, see European Commission - Your Rights Country by Country .

To find out whether your professional qualifications will be recognised in Cyprus, visit Europa - Qualifications for Employment .


Further information

Written by Editor, Graduate Prospects
April 2013

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