Before you make the move to Portugal then it really is a good idea to learn about what jobs are realistically on offer in Portugal and what sort of salary you can expect to earn if you are working and living in Portugal.
Key to the type of work that you will be able to do while living in Portugal will be your language skills. If you are moving to Lisbon or one of the major cities then you will need to have a good working knowledge of Portuguese as you will probably be expected to communicate in Portuguese for the majority of your job, whatever it may be. there are a few positions that only require English but these are few and far between and are generally filled outside of Portugal.
If you are living in the Algarve region of Portugal then you have more chance of getting a job if you can only speak English as there are many British owned businesses that deal with the residents and visitors who come to the region every year. This being said, there are many people in the Algarve who can already speak English and it is a real advantage if you can speak at least one other language as well as Portuguese.
The region has many German and Spanish visitors coming every year for holidays while there is a growing Russian market and if you can speak any of these languages then your job opportunities will be much greater.
In the Algarve the focus of work is firmly in the tourism sector and during the summer months there are many opportunities for part time and seasonal work in bars, restaurants and at tourist attractions but you need to start looking for these jobs well before the season begins with most positions being filled by February or March for the coming season.
Wages in Portugal are very low in comparison to the UK and other European countries so be prepared to see your income slashed if you are working here but always take into consideration the cost of living in Portugal as being lower than in other countries in general and of course the quality of life is priceless!
In Portugal it is still very much the case of not what you know but who you know so the best way to get a job is to get out and start to network, make friends and let people know that you are looking for work and you can be sure that you will hear of something very soon.
Earning a living in Portugal may not be as straight forward as it is in your home country but that doesn’t mean that it is not possible and with determination, hard work and the willingness to learn you can be sure that you will find something to suit you. while living in Portugal.