Brasilia - Post Report Question and Answers

What types of jobs do most expatriate spouses/partners have? Locally based or telecommuting? Full-time or part-time? Can you comment on local salary scales?

Our spouses from the embassy tend to either work at the embassy or do some type of home-based work. - Oct 2021

I know spouses that work at the US embassy, telework, teach, and don't work. My husband taught English to business professionals and coached softball at the American school here. There are opportunities, but I think you have to find them yourself - May 2017

It is very difficult for spouses to work here due to language barriers. That being said, several have found employment in education or at the embassy. One can expect to earn 2-3 times less than on the US economy. - May 2017

Some work at the embassy, there are a number that work from home or offer speciality classes (i.e. pilates, yoga, sewing, cooking, etc) and a few work locally, mainly teaching English. - Mar 2017

No. I work for a US company (my husband at the Embassy) and this is really a problem. I host a teleworkers group and there are very very few of us that have managed work and that is because we came with work. Getting a job here is nearly impossible. - May 2016

No! The job situation is very frustrating, from what I have heard. - Aug 2015

Getting a job on the local economy is hard as you need to be practically fluent in Portuguese. You also need a work permit, which can take some time. There are jobs available at the Embassy for spouses, but they are few, far between, and require a high level of Portuguese (around 4 or 3). - Aug 2015

Some with the schools, but not much else. - Aug 2015

Not so great, no. Fluent Portuguese is required for most jobs on the local economy and competition is tough. - Jun 2014

Nope, and without portuguese, you're out of luck in the embassy, too. EFM jobs are scarce. - Dec 2011

Perhaps. Language would be a must. - Aug 2011

No. - Dec 2009

No. - Nov 2009

They are hard to find, and you must speak portuguese. - Jun 2009

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