Puerto Rico is a popular retirement destination for expats, especially U.S citizens, for its easy accessibility, tax-free conditions and incredible scenery. For those interested in working in Puerto Rico, the two most common sectors are manufacturing and tourism. Some employers require a Certificate of Good Behaviour and/or Certificate of No Criminal Conviction, issued by the Puerto Rico Police Department.
Job market in Puerto Rico
The manufacturing sector makes up close to half of the annual GDP of Puerto Rico, with pharmaceuticals, textiles and electronics being the major industries in this sector. Tourism also contributes a large percentage to the island's GDP along with other service-based sectors such as finance and insurance.
Teaching English is also fairly common for expats, and as salaries are paid in US Dollars, this can be advantageous for expats coming from countries with weaker currencies.
Finding a job in Puerto Rico
The internet is a valuable resource for expats looking to work in Puerto Rico. Alternatively, going through an agency might be more reliable. Word-of-mouth and networking can also be valuable resources for those already within the country. US expats will not need a visa to work on the island, whereas citizens from other nations will need work and residency permits to take up employment and live in Puerto Rico.
►For information on the work environment on the island, read Doing Business in Puerto Rico
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