How to get a job in Macau? A quick guide for everyone, foreigners and Macau residents

Everyone who wants to get a job in Macau needs first to find a job in Macau. A good start can be a job website like Hello jobs.

You can look for recruitment agencies or employment agencies in Macau. And you can look for jobs also on social media groups in Macau, WeChat groups, QQ groups, or else.

Once you find a job, you may need a work permit. You can do this from abroad or in Macau. Macau residents don’t need a work permit. In most cases, every other nationality needs to apply for a work permit. You can do this together with your new employer, or employment agency.

Despite its small size, Macau is commonplace to live and work for foreigners. Macau has thriving tourism and entertainment industries. It’s a popular destination for those looking to advance their careers in these fields.
 
Macau is a self-governing territory on China’s south coast. It sits across the Pearl River Delta from Hong Kong. The Cotai Strip, which connects the islands of Taipa and Coloane, is “Las Vegas of Asia”. It has massive casinos and shopping malls.
You can find many job opportunities, especially in the tourism and gambling industries.

Read more below on how to find a job in Macau and on how to get a work permit for Macau.

How to get a job in Macau?

Whether you are a Macau resident or a foreigner, the first step in getting a job in Macau is to find a job in Macau. Find out where to look for work in Macau in the sections below.

Once you have a job offer, you may need to apply for a work permit, or a work visa, together with your employer or on your own. You will not likely need any permit if you are a resident of Macau.

In most cases, you apply for a work permit with your new employer, a company, or an employment agency. They will get you a visa to enter the country if you are not in Macau already.

Once you have an employer who can sponsor you. You will need to handle together all the paperwork to get you a work permit or a work visa.

First, find a job, and after you’ll worry about a work permit if you need it.

How to find a job in Macau?

You can find a job in Macau by searching online for job opportunities in Macau. You can find a job either with a company, or with a recruitment agency, or through an employment agency.

The following websites are in English or Chinese. Browse them with the support of Google Translate, or any other translation service, if you need.

Job websites in Macau

A good start is to search for a job on these popular job websites.

BaiduGoogleNaverSogouYandex, or any other search engine, can be a good start for a job search. You can search for a job that you want. That can be for example, “Construction worker in Macau” or “Babysitter in Macau”. 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.

Baidu MapsGoogle Maps, Naver Maps2GIS, or any other map app, can help you find employers near you or abroad. Look for the kind of organization that might have job opportunities for you. You can look for “Retail in Macau” or “Mall in Macau” for example.

Hello jobs is a popular job website in Macau.

Jobscall.me is another popular job website in Macau.

WeChat groups and other social media to get a job in Macau

Facebook groups, or WeChat groups, or QQ groups help you to connect with people about jobs in Macau.

You can use your favorite social media to look for groups that talk about jobs or about Macau.

LinkedIn Macau is also a popular choice when networking for jobs.

Any social media or communication platform can help you to find a job in Macau. It can be for example Instagram or any WhatsApp group of people in Macau.

Recruitment agencies in Macau

A recruitment agency receives a description for a job from an employer who needs someone. Then the recruitment agency looks for a person to do that job.

Recruitment agencies look for skilled workers to suit the job role available. A skilled worker has some experience, and certifications, to work in a particular role. Examples can be a nurse, an accountant, a chef, a construction worker, or a truck driver.

Recruitment agencies specialize in particular sectors. Those can be care, computing, engineering, nursing, accounting, catering, construction, or other sectors. Sometimes an agency can contact you first if they struggle to find people.

You can look up a recruitment agency that can help you to find a job that matches your skills. You can type ‘recruitment agency near Macau’ on Google Maps or any other map website. There you can find a list of good agencies that you can contact. If you are not in Macau, you can search your area for local recruitment agencies. They can help you find a job in Macau.

Employment agencies, temp agencies, temporary job agencies, staffing agencies in Macau

Employment agencies hire people to do jobs. The agency employs you to work for another company. Employment agencies can be temp agencies (temporary job agencies), or staffing agencies. An employment agency registers someone who’s looking for work, a job seeker. The agency then contacts employers who have positions available for the new person.
These agencies can hire new workers for new jobs. Agencies contract those new jobs from other companies. An employment agency will assist any job seeker. Unskilled workers are more likely to find a job with an employment agency. An unskilled worker has no qualifications, or experience, in the job that they want. They have finished school recently, or they are changing industries or they are new to the region.
These agencies specialize in particular sectors. Those can be care, computing, engineering, nursing, accounting, catering, construction, or other sectors. Agencies offer full-time jobs, part-time jobs, temporary jobs, seasonal jobs, or freelance jobs.
If you, for example, type ‘employment agency near Macau’ on Google Maps, Baidu Maps, or any other map website. You can find a list of good agencies that you can contact. If you are not Macau, you can search your area for local employment agencies. They can help you find a job in Macau.

Be aware that you should not pay an agency when they find a job for you. So be careful when an agency asks you for money.

Ask around you for jobs in Macau

The labor market has a hidden side, particularly when it comes to small and medium businesses. In this instance, networking and social media will be your best friends.
Send out job applications. Change your CV and cover letter to appeal to the company in question.
Form connections, ask around, and find opportunities among your contacts. Speak with friends of friends of people who may have traveled or worked in Macau. You will see that some of your friends or family know someone who knows someone.

You can email local businesses and companies for jobs in Macau

You can search for companies and local businesses in the Macau area. An easy tool for doing that can be any map app or map website. Below is, for example, a Google Maps search for “hotels near Macau”.

Walk around Macau for possible jobs

If you are in Macau, you can explore the area and see what job opportunities are around you. You can look for organizations and businesses around you and visit them. For example, below is a search on Google Maps for “market near Macau”. You can visit these places asking for job opportunities.

Search for employment schemes

You can apply for an employment scheme or an employment support program that can help you to find a job. Those programs can be local or national. They can be open only to Macau residents but they can be open to foreigners as well. You need to look for a program that fits your profile. You can search for employment schemes at your local government or embassy. You can search for “Macau employment scheme” or “Macau employment program”.


What is the average salary in Macau?

How much money does a Macao worker earn? A month’s salary in Macao is usually about 7,460 MOP. Salaries range from 1,890 MOP to 33,300 MOP. This is the monthly average wage, which includes lodging, transportation, and other benefits.


The above cover image shows somewhere in Macau. Photo by Renato Marques on Unsplash