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This profile focuses on the Republic of Cyprus (southern part of Cyprus).
Although the recession had a large impact on Cyprus, the economy appears to be recovering. However, there are still serious challenges ahead. The unemployment rate is still relatively high, but has dropped significantly since the height of the recession.
As you'll be facing competition from Cypriot nationals, it's important to research the job market and the sector you're interested in so you have realistic expectations of where you might be able to find work. Opportunities are generally available in the tourism sector and for those with degrees in areas such as finance, telecommunications, electrical engineering and IT.
Employers typically expect you to have a basic knowledge of Greek and although English may be sufficient for some jobs, for example in the service industry or construction, it's worth learning some Greek before you go to improve your chances of finding work. Once in Cyprus, Greek lessons are provided by the Ministry of Education and Culture, universities and private language schools.
You don't need to be in Cyprus to apply for jobs. However, personal contacts and networking are important throughout Cyprus so it might be useful to be in the country to find opportunities. Once in Cyprus, you can visit your local public employment service, located in all the major towns, to look for jobs and get advice.
Speculative applications using a targeted CV and covering letter are generally accepted and making personal contact with employers is common. Some employers accept CVs all year round so that they can recruit as and when necessary.
Application methods are similar to those used in the UK, with many companies asking for a CV and covering letter, which include details of your academic or professional qualifications and experience, as well as personal information. Get more applications and CV advice.
Interviews may consist of two or three stages and may involve written or practical tests as well as assessment centres. Make sure you show your knowledge of the job sector in Cyprus during your interview. If you don't speak Greek, interviews will usually be carried out in English.
Following the Bologna Process and the creation of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), UK qualifications are usually recognised by an employer.
There are a number of private recruitment agencies in Cyprus. See the Cyprus Human Resources Management Association (CyHRMA) website for a list of their member organisations. You can also search the Cyprus Yellow Pages.
The Cyprus Public Employment Service can help EU citizens to find work through its regional public employment services. Information about companies is also available via the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry website.
Networking is a common way of finding work, and establishing good contacts is useful.
Erasmus+ is the EU programme for education, training, youth and sport for 2014 to 2020 and covers student exchange, work experience and volunteering opportunities. Both undergraduate and postgraduate students can study abroad for 3 to 12 months. Erasmus+ also provides opportunities for work experience for students to learn new skills or languages, as well as volunteering in different countries for between 2 weeks and 12 months.
Students on technical degrees (primarily science, engineering, technology and the applied arts) can undertake paid course-related training in a range of countries, including Cyprus, via IAESTE (The International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience). Opportunities are available to students in their second year of study or above. Although the majority of traineeships take place over the summer, longer periods are also available.
There are opportunities for bilingual teachers (Greek and English) to teach bilingual classes, as well as TEFL (teaching English as a foreign language) jobs for English only speakers to teach those with limited English skills. Opportunities are available at foreign language schools and summer camps. A list of English language schools in Cyprus is available on ESL Base.
Casual work opportunities exist in the tourist areas throughout Cyprus in hotels, restaurants, cafes and bars and are mainly available throughout the summer months. Most of these jobs can be found by asking employers in person or by searching in local newspapers and at regional labour offices.
Few structured gap year programmes are advertised in Cyprus. Search on general gap year websites to find opportunities or try to make your own arrangements with temporary work.
EU citizens don't need a visa to enter or work in Cyprus. However, if you plan to stay in Cyprus for more than three months you will need to apply for a registration certificate from the Census Records and Migration Department within four months of arrival. There will be a one-off charge for this but the permit won't need to be renewed.
You will need to prove that you have employment or can support yourself financially in order to get a registration certificate.
If you're from a non-EU country, contact the Cypriot embassy in the country where you're currently living for information on whether you require a visa or work permit. If you're living in the UK, go to the High Commission of the Republic of Cyprus.
You are eligible to apply for a permanent registration certificate in Cyprus if you have resided in the country for at least five consecutive years. More information is available from the Ministry of the Interior, Cyprus.
Our information and advice on job hunting, further study and visas remains current following the UK’s formal triggering of Article 50, and will be updated in the light of developments from the UK’s negotiations to leave the European Union.
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