Jobs in Cyprus A Guide to Work Employment

The warm climate and laid back lifestyle of Cyprus exerts an obvious attraction and it's hardly surprising that many people find the idea of working on the island appealing. The accession of Cyprus to the EU on May 1st 2004 has opened up employment opportunities and the thriving tourist industry means that there is considerably seasonal demand for temporary workers during the summer months. The Greek Cypriot South remains your best bet for jobs as this is where most of the tourist trade is located and the economy remains buoyant. The Turkish North is much harder to get work in as the local economy is in a parlour state and high unemployment means competition for work is fierce.

The large number of British tourists on the island means that demand for English speaking staff is strong. However, low wages mean that many of the foreigners working in the South are from Eastern Europe. In addition, local unions remain very protective and it can be difficult finding well paid permanent work as government regulations understandably favour Cypriots. In the past there have been periodic 'culls' when foreign workers have been sent home to preserve the local labour market. In short: If you are hoping to land a plum job, you'll have to be prepared to persevere.

Most Cyprus jobs for UK citizens will involve working in one of the numerous bars, hotels and resort complexes in the South. The work is generally poorly paid, don't be surprised if your daily wage is as little as £25, but accommodation is often thrown in and the Mediterranean lifestyle usually compensates for any financial shortfall. A number of holiday companies employ 'reps' and marketing staff to help run their operations on the island and this type of work is usually more lucrative. EFL teaching is another option, and although work is well paid it is difficult to find. Cyprus' ongoing construction boom means that there's work for skilled builders, plumbers and electricians (but you have to consider the reality of working long days in the hot sun).

It's a good idea to try to organise work before leaving the UK as simply turning up can be a frustrating experience with no guarantee of success (the Internet is a good starting point).