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Finding a job

How to find a job


With the exception of certain market segments, such as customer service or IT, bear in mind that it is not easy to find a job in Portugal if you do not speak Portuguese. 

Before deciding to travel to Portugal to find a job, contact the EURES services in your country and they will be able to give you up-to-date information on the job market in Portugal. 

If you are already in Portugal, you can look for a job in:

Employment services

The public employment service in mainland Portugal (IEFP – Instituto do Emprego e Formação Profissional, I.P. [Employment and Vocational Training Institute]) has a network of 83 local employment services (addresses available at You can register with an employment service and get information on job offers throughout the country. To do so, you must present an identity card/citizen’s card or, if you are a citizen of a country of the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, a valid identity card or passport from your country.

Where, in addition to a valid passport (or a national identity card), you have a Portuguese social security identification Number (NISS) and a password for Segurança Social Direta, you can also enrol and gain access to job opportunities available on iefponline (

If you’re in Madeira you can enrol at the Madeira Institute for Employment ( If you’re in the Azores you can enrol online or in person at one of the Agencies for Skills, Employment and Labour run by the Regional Directorate for Employment and Qualifications (

Temporary employment agencies

Taking a temporary job may be a first step towards finding a more stable job. For that purpose you can also use temporary employment agencies, which assign their employees to other companies.

The contact details of temporary employment agencies authorised to carry out this activity in Portugal are regularly updated on the IEFP Portal at

Internet: job agencies

Portuguese employers advertise their job offers on various websites. The most widely used websites can be found under Related topics.

Social networks

Employers and recruitment companies in Portugal increasingly use platforms such as LinkedIn to find potential candidates, particularly in segments requiring higher education qualifications. To ensure a (considered) presence on LinkedIn – and on social networks in general – it is increasingly important to ensure that your profile is being seen and is accessible to potential employers and recruiters.

Written press

Portuguese companies also make use of the national and regional press to advertise their recruitment needs. The most widely used national newspapers are: Jornal de Notícias, Correio da Manhã and Público, which publish job offers in a variety of sectors on a daily basis. The newspaper Expresso publishes job offers each week for managerial and specialist staff, executives and consultants in the ‘ExpressoEmprego’ section. In general, these newspapers also have online versions of their classified ads or employment sections in easily searchable job agencies. 

Speculative applications

Many of the jobs available are not advertised. A speculative application is one of the ways you can use to let employers know about your skills.


Text last edited on: 10/2020