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Jobs in Lisbon and Region

Jobs in Lisbon and Region

If you're planning to work in Portugal, you need to know what the Portuguese labour market is like, whether you need to validate your diploma and the best cities.

Here are some tips for working in Portugal and the regions with the most job opportunities.


Best cities to work in Portugal

First of all, it's important to know that Portugal has a small labour market. With a population of 10.3 million, everything is smaller in Portugal.

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Therefore, even in multinationals based in the country, the number of employees is lower. So if you want to work in Portugal, it's important to do a lot of research into your area of expertise.


The capital of Portugal is where most of Portugal's jobs are located. Everything happens in Lisbon: political decisions, events, concerts, shows, where most tourists come.

As such, Lisbon is among the best cities to work in Portugal and where salaries are the highest. However, the competition is fierce and a vacancy can have dozens of Portuguese and foreign applicants.

That's why it's very important to fulfil the requirements for the position and have differentiating features, such as extensive experience in a particular area and a command of other languages such as English, Spanish or French, for example.
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The city of Oeiras is next door to Lisbon and has a large number of companies based in the city. It is the city in Portugal with the highest number of people with higher education, qualifications and great purchasing power. It's a great place to look for a job.

In the country's second largest city, you can also find jobs in Portugal. Porto has a large number of shops, restaurants, hotels, companies and service providers.

Chosen as the best European destination for three years, Porto has an international airport and receives a large number of tourists every year.

Work visa in Portugal

To work in Portugal you need a work visa or Portuguese (or European) citizenship. The work visa must be obtained in Brazil, at the Portuguese Consulate in Brazil.

Therefore, if you are selected for a job in Portugal, you will need an employment contract or a promise of an employment contract in order to apply for a visa and then book your trip.

Have all your documents in order so you can work in Portugal.

That's why, before applying for a job abroad, it's very important that you already have your passport in hand, that you're organising your paperwork and getting money together for the move.

In Portugal, it's very rare to get an allowance for moving and the visa. It is therefore important that you have enough money for the visa, the plane ticket, renting a property and your first expenses.

We recommend that you save enough money for 6 to 12 months to be able to live in Portugal, with some financial slack for any emergencies.

Living in Portugal with Portuguese citizenship

For Brazilian citizens with dual European nationality, no visa is required. You just need to register with the town hall of the city you choose to live in.

At the City Hall you have to inform them where you are going to live and apply for the European Union Citizen Registration Certificate. The process is much simpler than applying for a visa at the SEF (Immigration and Borders Service).

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Minimum wage in Portugal

The minimum wage in Portugal is €635.00 euros in 2020 (gross, without deductions). Currently, with this salary it is difficult to stay in the European country because the cost of living has increased significantly.

For this reason, many Brazilians choose to share a flat or, when moving as a family, both work to support themselves.

Salaries in Portugal are still among the lowest in Europe, so you need to know how much you'll earn, whether the move is worth it and how you'll pay rent.

Research and planning are the key to any move abroad. Make sure you have everything well structured and never travel to Europe illegally.


Average salary in Portugal

Currently in Portugal, the average salary is €1,276 per month (gross salary) for the most qualified and in-demand professions, according to data from the INE (National Statistics Institute).

This is the case for IT (Information Technology) professionals with training, experience and a command of English. Candidates with these requirements are more likely to be hired both in Portugal and in other European countries.

How a Brazilian can get a job in Portugal

To work in Portugal, you need to follow a few tips:

Perfect your CV
The first step to getting a job in Portugal is to create a good CV. Research the models most commonly used in Europe.

To work in Portugal, creating a European CV template helps a lot
Summarise your professional and academic career in two pages, use a good photo and show your interest in working in Portugal. If you have Portuguese or European citizenship, your chances increase because hiring is much easier for the company.

LinkedIn profile
LinkedIn is your professional shop window. Make your profile available in English and Portuguese, and make it complete with a photo, introduction and the activities you carried out in each position.

Follow the companies operating in Portugal and keep an eye out for open positions. Apply whenever an opportunity arises in your field.

However, be patient, the selection processes can be long. In the meantime, you can prepare the rest of your visa documentation and plan ahead.

Find employment agencies
As well as applying for jobs yourself, you can also contact recruitment agencies and headhunters in Portugal.

Also check out Brazilian ideas for starting a business in Portugal.

Validation of the diploma in Portugal
It's important to know that not all professions need to have their diploma validated in Portugal. Professionals in the areas of Administration, Management, Technology, Communication, Marketing, Gastronomy and Tourism do not need to validate their diploma to work in Portugal.

Health professionals, on the other hand, need to validate their diploma in order to work. Check out the courses that require validation in Portugal:

In addition, engineers need to register with the Order of Engineers in Portugal in order to work. As well as lawyers, who need to have an OAB from Brazil and register with the Portuguese Bar Association in order to work in Portugal.

Douglas Barbosa

Douglas Barbosa

He has a degree in Computer Network Technology and a postgraduate qualification in Digital Marketing, Business Intelligence and Data-Driven Strategy from the Pontifical Catholic University (PUC). Training in Body Language and Facial Microexpression Detection. Participation in the "Traffic and Conversion Machine - Learn to Sell More Through Google Every Day" training course. Certified by Google in Search Engine Optimisation. Extensive experience in SEO projects, paid traffic management on Google Ads and website creation.

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