How to find a job in Afghanistan?

For foreigners, Afghanistan has all kinds of work opportunities that pay exceptionally well. The catch is that, yeah, in Afghanistan, you’re going to have to work. Because of the prospect of good hardship pay, there are many individuals willing to uproot and come out here to live.

If you want to work in Afghanistan, I suggest that you check the following collection of resources to search for employment opportunities as a foreigner in this region. Note that working is not for the faint of heart in this country. 

How to find a job in Afghanistan?

Indeed is the largest and the leading online international job searching website. Indeed has more than thousands of jobs listed on its portal. There are openings from almost every company that has job openings.

TipTopJob is also an international job searching website. It is also one of the largest online websites for finding a job in Afghanistan. Employers can also post the job requirements on TipTopJob, for every job ranging from clerk to manager.

Bayt is also an online portal to search for jobs. The site has some of the very good and important features which benefit the job seeker most. The site has a very simple and user-friendly interface. It also has features like resume building, job alerts, and many other useful features

UNDP Afghanistan is known as the United Nations Development Program. This agency helps locals who are seeking the best job opportunity. UNDP is an online as well as offline job searching portal to search for jobs. Most of the jobs from UNDO related to United Nations work, and they provide a lot of incentives with work. They give a place to live, health facilities benefit, automobiles, and other essentials. A UN job is also one of the best jobs available in the market.

Engines and classifieds for a general job search in Afghanistan

You would expect to get a response rate of 0.5 to 1.0 percent with the sites below (people who will reply back to you to whom you submitted your application/CV). However, I urge you to try these sites because you never know what you are going to come up with or what links you can make from a simple e-mail or application.

Afghanistan is also known as the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. It’s a landlocked country located in Southern Asia. The majority of the population in the nation is currently youth. Youth makes up almost 40 percent of the total population in Afghanistan. Work and Employment in Afghanistan are much to a satisfactory level. The employment rate in Afghanistan is almost between eighty to ninety percent. There are many job opportunities for you in Afghanistan in many different fields.

Most of the population of Afghanistan is indulged in the agriculture business. There are many other jobs which are very much in demand as well. Skills related to telecom, computers, production are also in demand. There are several online agencies that will help you to get your job in the nation. Most of the agencies have tie-ups with different companies for hiring. Most of the jobs are available in the capital city Kabul. You need to get prepared with all the required documents. You may need to submit your resume for the initial hiring process for every company. 

Employment in Afghanistan

Local economics

The GDP of Afghanistan is currently around USD 34 billion. It is per capita GDP is around USD 1.150. Afghanistan has considerable potential for mining. According to the government, the country has as much as 3 trillion USD worth of proven untapped mineral reserves. If this is right, then Afghanistan has one of the world’s most precious mining areas. In 2006, a US geological survey reported that Afghanistan had 36 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. If this is right, then Afghanistan has one of the world’s most precious mining areas. In 2006, a US geological survey reported that Afghanistan had 36 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.

Nonetheless, with minimal economic prospects, Afghanistan’s economy remains relatively underdeveloped. In terms of the United Nations Human Development Index, Afghanistan ranks 169th, and about 35 percent of the population is jobless. If they are not working in the embassy of their country, ex-pats appear to be employed in the international development sector. In the media sector, some ex-pats run. For security organizations, there might also be several opportunities to work.

Work openings

Job opportunities in Afghanistan are limited for foreigners and ex-pats, given the country’s insecure and underdeveloped economic conditions. Compared with the world’s larger economies, the labor market is somewhat different. The international development market is restricted to the majority of work opportunities for ex-pats. Sometimes, these international organizations will try to sell a post to a person before they arrive in Afghanistan if they do not source locals for specific positions.

Many Afghans rely on farming for their livelihoods, but this sector is extremely troubled. In Afghanistan, only 12 percent of the land is arable, and only six percent is actively cultivated. In trade, however, there are some possibilities. At present, work with other countries stands at around USD 5 billion a year. One of the most common export pieces from Afghanistan is handmade rugs. Along with furs and leathers, antique replicas are also common.

Demand for labor in Afghanistan

In Afghanistan, households are the first employer, although the formal labor market is fragile and public-sector-dominated. Self-employment arrangements are the most common form of employment in Afghanistan, as is the case in other vulnerable and less developed countries, both in rural and urban areas. They account for 43% and 49% of the total, respectively.

Afghan households are the first source of employment in Afghanistan. Afghan homes are responsible for as many as 77 percent of total jobs nationally, or around 5.8 million workers, including unpaid family work. If the number of self-employed was to be aggregated, contributing family

The formal labor market share would be meager in the larger ‘informal employment14’ group of workers and day laborers, comprising just 9.4 percent of total jobs nationally.

Jobs in family-based, small-scale trade activities dominate the non-farm market. Retail trade is the largest employment source in the non-farm sector, with small-scale trade and shopkeeping operations, followed by services and construction, which have significantly benefited from the large inflow of aid over the past ten years. Another primary source of employment opportunities in urban areas is the public sector, which accounts for approximately 158,00018 workers, 80% of which are based in Kabul province. Only a limited position is played by the industrial sector, accounting for only five percent of total jobs nationally.

Some surveys peg the starting salaries for Iraqi jobs at $91,000 and in Afghanistan at $99,000. Finding opportunities that pay well over $100,000 in base pay alone is not unusual. At base pay, the buck doesn’t end, either, making overseas work even more tempting. Depending on the job, there can also be a whole host of other money and benefits involved as well:

  • Hostile Fire Zone/Pay for Risk
  • Incentives for bonuses
  • Living allowances expense
  • Allowances for Housing
  • Transportation Services
  • Remunerated meals
  • Paid holidays, vacations, and personal time off
  • For yourself and members of the family, medical/dental
    Insurance for Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment

Taxation on wages in Afghanistan

For all earnings obtained from Afghan sources, both resident and non-resident Afghans and ex-pats employed in Afghanistan are subject to tax. They are subject to these income taxes even though ex-pats are paying outside of Afghanistan. No tax is levied on the first 5,000 AFN of monthly income. Any income above that but less than 12,500 AFN a month is taxed at 2 percent and at 10 percent for the next 12,501-100,000 AFN. 

The cover image is somewhere in Bamyan, Afghanistan. Photo by Farid Ershad on Unsplash