How to get a job in Argentina? A quick guide for foreigners and Argentinians

If you have already a work permit, or you are Argentines, you can just go down to see how to find a job in Argentina.
If you don’t have a work permit, the first thing you need to do is to find a job. So go down to see how to find a job in Argentina. 

Nowadays, there seems to be an increase in casual or online work rather than having full-time positions. However, finding work and employment in Argentina as an ex-pat is the biggest hurdle facing because it has strict employment laws and high unemployment rates.
 
The minimum wage is US$200 per month, but most workers earn more. All Argentinean employers are entitled to an annual bonus that is equal to 1 month’s pay. 

How to get a job in Argentina?

Although getting a job in Argentina is not an easy task. There is no law prioritizing locals over foreigners for work. But, the country is still recovering from the many economic crises which make job opportunities for foreigners. It is also necessary to speak a high level of Spanish to qualify for most jobs.

The easiest route to employment would be to find work before relocating. Yet, people should try to find jobs in an international company, an Argentinian company in need of skilled individuals or English speakers.

The job market in Argentina

Most of the job opportunities are in big cities, in the banking, IT, and oil sectors. People who can speak Spanish are more likely to find a job.
 
Alternatively, in previous years there has been a rise in casual and online jobs. Generally, these types of jobs are suitable for singles traveling or for students. These jobs tend not to pay well and can often end up being dodgy with employers. Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) is one of the famous examples. Other examples are journalism and working in bars or restaurants. 

How to find a job in Argentina? 

You can start looking around at some useful job listing websites.

  • Google: when you start job hunting, a simple google search can be a good start. Look for the kind of job you would like to do, for example, “Arabic tutor in Gaziantep” or “Delivery driver in Ankara”. Use the language that you feel most comfortable speaking. Don’t stop at the first pages and go deep with your search. You’ll get an immediate feeling of what’s around and of which job websites are best suited for your needs.
  • Facebook Jobs: can be also an option to start to see what’s around you. You can also ask around in the Facebook groups that are relevant to your profession, or your language or nationality, or just relevant to your wider interests.
  • Jobs in Buenos AiresA decent site with jobs for English-speaking professionals in the capital city.
  • Bumeran: Bumeran is a big bad job search site with lots of opportunities in Argentina.
  • OpcionEmpleo: Run by the same guys who run CareerJet.com.
  • Indeed: The Argentina version of the big U.S. job search site Indeed.com.
  • ZonaJobs: This site has a pretty interface with lots of middle to upper tier jobs.
  • CompuTrabajoLike I said in my post on jobs in Panama, Computrabajo has a terrible interface. It is a good thing that the selection of jobs is better than the site appearance.
  • Learn4GoodLearn4Good has a good portal for jobs on a number of levels.
  • Craigslist: Unless you have lived under a rock, I’m sure you’ve heard of Craigslist. They’ve got stuff for Argentina too.
  • Olx: Olx is also a giant classifieds site. It has job opportunities, but not all of them look legit. Be advised.
  • Buenos Aires Herald: Good English newspaper with a classifieds section.
  • El Clarín: Another news site with classifieds that contain job postings.

Types of Jobs to Work in Argentina (And Where to Find Them)

The following jobs are popular with foreigners traveling the country; some of them require no previous experience.

English Teacher

Native English teachers are always in high demand, particularly in Buenos Aires and other large cities such as Rosario and Córdoba. Teaching private lessons can produce a slightly higher hourly rate, but developing a large customer base takes time. The start of the school year in March is the most active enrollment period. Apply Now from this site
 

Hostel or bar work in Argentina

Many backpackers pick up a job while on the road in hostels, mostly via websites like Workaway.

By contacting the management of hotels, bar work may be coordinated. Stippened seems to be below but making new friends is a perfect way to do it.

Professional Occupation

 

If they have appropriate credentials, everyone from medical and legal professionals to engineers and architects could land a well-paying gig in Argentina. Good command of Spanish is often frequently needed.

The Bumeran and CompuTrabajo websites refer to Spanish-speaking jobs.

 

The tourism industry

Via recruiting websites like Indeed, much of the tourism work is found in Patagonia during the summer months. A high degree of experience is expected to land a job camping, rafting, or horseback riding guide.

In Argentina, volunteering

Work-and-travel-argentinaAgencies like Go Overseas and ELI Abroad offer volunteer programs that are neatly packaged. While you get plenty of support from these organizations, they also charge massive fees. It could be best to contact the companies directly, depending on your needs.

Farmers

Many travelers fall in love with Argentina’s haciendas or sleek country estates where the gaucho (cowboy) culture is alive and well. The opportunity for gringos to work on local farms abounds, most of which provide boarding and food for a five-day workweek in exchange. Vineyard employees may have the added incentive to indulge in oodles of wine produced locally. Check WWOOF Argentina for available opportunities.

Alternatively, Aldea Luna is located in a stunning nature reserve in the northern eco-lodge and Finca (farm) and gets rave reviews from former volunteers.

Maximum Working Week

The usual working hours are reduced to 8 a day or 48 a week for staff and employees. Night shifts and unhealthy work provide reduced working hours.

Overtime

Overtime is charged at a rate of 50% of the regular wage unless it is done after 1 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, in which case it is paid at a rate of 100% of the average wages. Higher payments may be made under applicable collective bargaining arrangements. Overtime does not reach 3 hours a day, 30 hours per month, and 200 hours per year, respectively. Except for executive executives or corporate administrators registered as such before the Office of Companies, all employees are entitled to overtime pay (Register of Commerce). Overtime jobs should not be carried out by part-time staff.

Minimum conditions of employment

Employees have the right to a minimum income, which is changed from time to time. The minimum required salary is AR $16,875 as of October 2019 (currently equivalent to the US $216.00).

Salary

The minimum pay has been fixed and is modified at intervals. However, the minimum wage is usually exceeded by the standard wages laid out in the collective bargaining agreements. Cooperative unions negotiate collaborative labor arrangements with chambers representing each industry’s employers. The terms of a formal collective bargaining arrangement are constitutionally binding and are governed by statute.

A precise collective bargaining arrangement is applicable for all workers employed in manufacturing, trade, health, and other industries. Employees employed as bosses, supervisors, or different roles in the hierarchy are usually exempt from the collective bargaining agreement’s legislative structure. There is no need for the employee’s permission since they are automatically included in the collaborative bargaining process to operate in an organization under a specific arrangement. In addition to what is provided for under Argentine labor and job laws, collective bargaining arrangements typically offer employers benefits.

Procedures for Complaints

Employees may file a petition with the trade union and/or labor authorities to complain about the employer’s violation of its health and safety obligations. Labor authorities can audit the workplace and order the employer to correct any violation and issue fines.

Employee Benefits-

The Social Welfare Business

The national retirement pension program, funded by all employers and workers’ required payments, covers all employees. The worker pays it through aggregate wage withholdings and by the employer by fixed contributions, each measured as a percentage of the employee’s salary. Employees are eligible for retirement and as they reach retirement age (65 years for men and 60 years for women), receive a government pension, and have made payments to this scheme for 30 years. Employers can only force staff to retire after they reach 70, and for 30 years, they have made sacrifices to this program.

Insurance and preventive insurance

For all staff, welfare systems exist, entitling them to free medical services and emergency care. Corporate donations and withholdings finance these by workers, both a percentage of the employee’s wages. Employers must provide statutory benefits covering the person’s death, sickness, or injury connected with the employment. Via approved insurance providers, and employees must obtain insurance contracts. These organizations are obligated to supply the wounded staff with financial and medical assistance. The employer must also provide his workers with guaranteed health insurance, payable by the employer’s monthly payments. Bear in mind any other extra insurance could be paid for in the appropriate collective bargaining arrangements.

 

How to get a work permit in Argentina?

Once employees receive their residence permit, they need to apply for the work visa at the Argentinian consulate in their country of residence. The application process includes attending a personal interview with the consulate’s staff and paying all relevant application fees. Employees will also need to present certain documents, including:

  • A valid passport
  • Three passport photos
  • Notarized certification of the company’s intra-company transfer or an employer-signed employment contract
  • Their birth certificate
  • A marriage certificate or divorce decree, if applicable
  • A certificate of good conduct
  • An affidavit showing that they don’t have an international police record
  • An official certified copy of degree certificate or professional credentials

Can you work in Argentina without knowing Spanish?

It depends on the work you are looking for. Some people will tell that you will have no chance of getting to work without learning Spanish unless you are qualified to teach English or some other language that is widely taught. Some other people will tell you that they lived and worked for years in Argentina with just enough Spanish to order at a restaurant or to get a taxi.
If an employer is interested in hiring you from abroad, your knowledge of Spanish will probably not be important. So try to find a job and then worry about becoming fluent in Spanish later.