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Phnom Penh

What types of jobs do most expatriate spouses/partners have? Locally based or telecommuting? Full-time or part-time? Can you comment on local salary scales?

It's fairly easy to get a job teaching English, though it probably won't pay a lot. There are also a lot of NGOs that are often looking for staff. - May 2, 2017
Teaching and other opportunities abound where permitted. Not sure about current status of bilateral work agreements. My spouse worked at the International School. - Oct 24, 2016
It's okay, but competitive. Just showing up as an expat isn't going to get you a job, or even a volunteer gig. You need to have a marketable skill. - Feb 13, 2015
Teachers are always welcome. Lots of expats have started restaurants here. Labor is very cheap here though, so most places prefer to hire Cambodians. - Aug 13, 2013
Yes. The English schools will hire anyone with a pulse, it seems, but salaries are fairly low and I've heard working conditions can leave something to be desired. There are a ton of NGOs, though competition is fairly intense. I've met many highly-qualified people who have been unable to find a job here. Often you have to be willing to work on a volunteer basis to start, to develop connections and a local reputation. The business community is quite large as well. Many expats open their own businesses -- bars, restaurants, shops, guesthouses, etc. In many ways this is a land of opportunity. - Jan 16, 2012
No - Aug 9, 2011
Volunteering - Aug 6, 2011
Not sure how "decent" - but it depends on skills and education level. In general I would say not really, unless you find something before you arrive. You can always teach English I suppose. - Oct 9, 2010
Lots of NGOs, but local skills have increased dramatically, so jobs are tougher to find these days. It is easy to make your own business. - Feb 27, 2008