Living in Cyprus

 

 

Cyprus shows its economic resiliency amidst a not-so-perfect condition, with a strong and sustained recruitment in various industries including telecommunications, information technology, manufacturing, construction, and mining industries.

Citizens of European Union member countries may work for any Cypriot employer without the need for any permits, although doctors, lawyers and accountants, regardless of the country of origin, need to take an exam in Greek.  

On the other hand, non-EU citizens must apply for a permit and visa and prove to the Ministry of Labor that they are more qualified than any Cypriot or EU citizen for the job.  White collar workers prefer face-to-face communications rather than through the telephone or emails that are regarded as too impersonal. Cypriots tend to put more importance on personal relationships. 

With an employment rate of 64%, the major job industries in Cyprus include tourism, food and beverage processing, cement and gypsum production, ship repair and refurbishment, textiles, light chemicals, metal products, wood, paper, stone and clay products. The average monthly salary earned in Cyprus is 2115 Euros.

Requests for appointments are normally done first through writing and then confirmed through a phone call. Office people dress casually, unless for business meetings where both men and women are expected to wear dark-toned suits or, at least, a conservative dress for the women. One may also not take off his jacket unless somebody, usually a senior colleague, has done so. Salaries in Cyprus are not soaring, but neither is its cost of living, a reason each year a growing number of expats are observed in the country. 

 

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