Working in Pakistan

With factors like nepotism and corruption remaining a constant in Pakistan, finding a job can be a difficult process. Much of working in Pakistan relies on social connections and who one knows, rather than experience, talent or qualifications.

Expats will be pleased to know that salaries will provide a good standard of living, as the cost of living in Pakistan is low. Currently, the economy of Pakistan is going through economic liberalisation, which includes the privatisation of many of the government sectors, in order to attract foreign investors.  

Expats will need the correct visa and work permit to work in Pakistan. Expats will not be eligible for these documents unless they have already secured work with a local employer.


Job market in Pakistan

The economy of Pakistan is semi-industrialised, with the Indus River at a forefront for growth. Other urban areas include Karachi and Punjab. The main industries in Pakistan are construction, electricity, textile manufacturing and technology. Networking and word-of-mouth references form the basis of the employment procedure in Pakistan. Expats who have some proficiency in Urdu will find it to be an advantage, despite the fact that the language of business is commonly English.


Finding a job in Pakistan

Expats interested in working in Pakistan can consult online job portals or recruitment agencies. As networking is such an important part of finding work in Pakistan, expats with any connections should explore this option as much as possible. 

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