Working in Portugal

Portugal is located in the west of the Iberian Peninsula and is not only ideal for holidays. It is a wonderful place to live and work. Despite the large number of tourists you can find a sufficient number of apartments in Portugal. Maybe there is one with a view of the beach for you. For those who would like to get a closer look at the housing market in Portugal, we would recommend this website.

Living costs in Portugal

Beautiful apartments in Portugal are available at a very reasonable price. Nice rooms and apartments are available to rent from as little as 290€. For those of you who want to strengthen yourselves after work, you can pay as little as 7€ for a normal meal at a Portuguese restaurant. After that there will be enough money left for you to treat yourself with a delicious cappuccino in the sun.. This is very affordable and costs around 1€. Follow this link if you would like to find out more. 

Application process in Portugal

Although a large number of vacancies say that work should start “as soon as possible”, you should always be aware that the selection process takes time; on average around two to three months. Portuguese companies usually aren’t prepared to use new methods of communication such as videoconferences or SKYPE for interviews. They might be willing to conduct a first-round interview via telephone and/or by using new communication methods.

With some of the advertised positions it is nearly impossible to meet all the requirements. Don’t let this deter you. If you fulfil the majority of the requirements you should still apply. Portuguese employers can prove themselves very flexible.

Salary, insurance
and taxes in Portugal

The average monthly salary here is around 900€. Due to the reasonable living costs the difference to Germany is put into perspective again. For those who want to calculate their exact salary can do that by following the link

In Portugal, similar to Germany, there is the option of having public health insurance or private health insurance. Here it also depends on what is important for you as an individual. Both types of health insurance have pros and cons. In principle the system works the same as in Germany. Here you can find more information about the health care system in Portugal.

Moving to Portugal

Here, similar to pretty much every country the same rule applies. If you arrive in a new country as a foreigner the companies generally offer a comprehensive relocation-package. This can range from the flight all the way to the full moving costs and is usually also negotiable.