Jobs in Argentina

As a foreigner you will find it very difficult to find work. Argentina has been recovering from a financial crisis that occurred in the early 21st century and it has been hit by the global recession of 2008. The nation’s economy is slowly recovering but jobs for foreigners remain relatively scarce.

Employment prospects

As a foreigner you are at an immediate disadvantage. Unless you can speak fluent Spanish and are prepared to take a sizable pay cut or even willing to do an unpaid internship you will find it extremely difficult to be employed. To be eligible to work you also need a work permit.

Working Hours and salaries

Salaries in Argentina took a downfall after the crisis. Recently wages are rising again. In September 2012 the minimum wage in Argentina 2,670 Pesos a month. The amount of wage varies according to the level of education you have.

In 2012, the average yearly wages were as follows:

People with an academic degree AR$ 66,759-176,293, or £8787.53- £23,205.62.

Doctorate AR$ 58,326-162,896 or £7677.50 – £21,442.16.

Associates Degree AR$ 57,505-168,445 or £7569.44 – £22,172.58

High school diploma AR$ 50,232-126,000 or £6612- £ 16,585

Many people in Argentina work without having a contract, they earn on average AR$ 305/month. Average wage levels vary according to geographical location.

The legal maximum working time is 8 hours/day and 48 hours/week. However, the regular working week cannot exceed 44 hours/week for daily work, 42 hours/week for night work or 36 hours/week where work is performed in hazardous or unhealthy environments. Work is normally not permitted on Saturday afternoon and Sundays.

Where to look

If you are willing to work for the poor wages Argentina offers then you should start looking in the local press. Once again the importance of learning the local language come to the forefront when job hunting in Argentina. There are several expat newspapers in Argentina you can try, such as the Buenos Aires Herald. Jobs in Argentina are not only found in the Argentinean media, looking at foreign newspapers like Le Monde and Le Figaro (France), and other papers from Germany and the USA.  As well as print media the internet is an invaluable tool to help you find work.

When you’ve found a job that you’d be interested in doing apply in writing with a CV and covering letter, ideally in Spanish. Interviews for professional high paying jobs often come in several rounds and can include physiological and psychological tests.