Can i work in Portugal ?

Want to change your life and climate? Why not work in Portugal ?

More and more people are dreaming of living and working in Portugal, where life seems gentler than elsewhere and where you can enjoy a great climate for a good part of the year. However, it's hard to find a job if you don't speak the language (but find out how to overcome this). Unless you choose to work in Lisbon, which is a tourist city, and where you can get by with a good level of English. If you're not necessarily looking for a career, but just want to improve your language skills and discover more about the country's culture, no problem.

Here are some tips to show you the way and work in Portugal :

The first step to working in Portugal is to obtain your Tax Identification Number.

Whether you want to work in Lisbon or in Portugal, the first thing you need to do is to get your TIN : the Tax Identification Number or Número de Contribuinte. This number is your key : thanks to it, you can DO ANYTHING. For example: join a sports club, subscribe to an internet service, in short, all the little things you will need to do during your stay in Portugal.

To get it, you have to go to one of the offices of the Lisbon tax administration (Finanças) or to one of the Loja do Cidadão, an entity that centralises many administrative formalities.

Bring along :

  1. Your passport or identity card.
  2. If you are a European Union national, proof of address less than 3 months old (if possible at the same address as on your identity card). If you are UK citizen, you need a residence visa. Check the guidance to know more about it.
  3. Be patient

With your Número de Contribuinte in your pocket, you are on your way to the next steps!

Working in Portugal requires the validation of several administrative steps

Second step : open a bank account in Portugal.

Whether you are a citizen of the European Union or not, the documents required to open a bank account in Portugal are the same:

  1. Identity card or passport
  2. Proof of residence in the country of origin (electricity bill)
  3. Your previously obtained TIN.
  4. An address in Portugal to send mail, for example a friend’s address.
Opening a bank account in Portugal when coming to work in Lisbon

Third step: register with the Serviço Nacional de Saúde, the Portuguese social security system.

While waiting for your registration with the SNS, apply for a Health Insurance. Your medical expenses will thus be covered initially. Whether you are working or doing an internship in Portugal, it is best to register with the SNS. To do this, simply go to the nearest health centre with your identity card or passport, your carte vitale and a document proving your residence in Portugal.

My recommendation : go early.

Being retired in Portugal: a long, quiet river

Step 4: Look for a job in Lisbon !

The sectors that recruit traditionally remain tourism, hotels and restaurants, while those of telecommunications and IT tend to grow.

You have to be prepared for a big pay cut.

For students looking for an internship in Lisbon, there is nothing better than word of mouth : don’t hesitate to ask your teachers, they know which companies are most likely to work with students.

Check the local media, such as Expresso, which is the main job search magazine. In Lisbon, the Diáro de Noticias will be your bible, while in the south of the country, the Correio da Manha has many job offers, mainly in the service sector. The latter is also a good place to find the latest internship opportunities in Portugal.

Finally, you will find on the internet several specialised websites such as :

  1. Net Emprego
  2. Adecco
  3. Emprego
  4. Indeed

Various Facebook groups, such as Trabalho em Lisboa which means « job in Lisbon ».

Working in Lisbon in bars and restaurants

Step 5: Find accommodation in Portugal !

The basics, you will tell me! I wrote a very complete point on this topic, I of course invite you to read it : finding accommodation in Portugal.

To find a medium or long term student accommodation, I recommend the Spotahome website. It is a global platform dedicated to student accommodation, whose offers correspond to all types of budgets and all types of students.

With the voucher code VISITMYLISBON15, get a 15% discount on the tenant fee when you book an accommodation on the website SPOTAHOME !

You now have all the cards in hand to find a job in Portugal !

Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Good luck!

Elliot, your guide in Lisbon

Working in Lisbon and finding the perfect place to live

Posts that may interest you:

Retire in Lisbon
And enjoy the good times
Read more
Invest in Portugal
The right strategy, fewer risks.
Read more
Housing in Portugal
and enjoy an exceptional lifestyle !
Read more
Moving to Portugal
A sweet adventure !
Read more
Erasmus in Portugal
Living your best life !
Read more
Diapositive précédente
Diapositive suivante

Let's keep in touch :


© – 2023

Let's keep in touch :


© – 2023

Shopping Basket
With the voucher code VISITMYLISBON15

- 15%

On the tenant fees when you book

Talk with us :)
Bom dia ! How can I help you? Please click on the button at the bottom right to start the chat.