Jobs in Argentina
Argentina has not been insulated from the current international economic climate but the truth is that it has not been hitting as hard as many European countries.
With a population of 42 million, the unemployment rate in Argentina at the end of 2012 was 6.9 %, being ARS 2900 per month (€ 430) its national minimum wage since January 2013.
The Working Holiday Visa will cover work of a casual or temporary nature only. For those young Irish travelling to Argentina and looking for a job, there are certain areas more popular than others such as English teaching, call centres or casual work. Bear in mind that although having fluent Spanish is not required, certain level of the language could be a plus for the job hunting.
Argentina is in a high demand of native English speakers. The salary average goes between ARS 70 – 80 approx per hour. Probably the easiest way to find a teaching job is applying through Language Schools but you could consider others like teaching in-companies or one to one. Please note that “Buenos Aires Herald” has become a hopeful source of teacher job vacancies.
Call centres have become a key element in the growth of Argentina. Both local and multinational companies, most of them in the Telecom industry and located mainly in the cities of Buenos Aires and Cordoba, have substantial expansion opportunities in the country. TeleTech, Telefonica, Motorola, HP, IBM, Sony or Orange are some examples. Salaries in this area go from AR 3800 approx per month.
Nightlife in the main cities such as Buenos Aires or Cordoba is large and wide so there are plenty of work opportunities in this area. Picking up casual work in a restaurant or even in an Irish pub (over 40 in the city of Buenos Aires only) is certainly a good chance to make some money and pay the bills. The tipping policy in the service industry is minimum 10%.
For those sport lovers, working as a ski instructor (around 14 ski resorts along the Andes) or playing rugby (around 400 clubs in Argentina) in an amateur level could be other options to keep in mind.
The following job search websites could help you while job hunting:
Also some of the main recruitment agencies are Adecco, Grupo Gestion, Randstad or Manpower.