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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?

Not really as I didn't work on the local economy, but rather had a newspaper editing job that I did remotely from home. There might be some teaching jobs, but my understanding is that those are pretty dreadful (and I'm also not sure dependents can take them without work permits). Most dependents work at the embassy or related organizations. A telecommuting job could also work if you are lucky enough to get a house that can sustain a high-speed connection. - Oct 13, 2017
I don't think many people work on the local economy other than at the schools (though it's definitely possible to work); embassy has many job openings for "EFMs" but they are mostly full-time. - Jan 19, 2017
I was not aware of any. - May 20, 2016
Yes. All over the place. - Nov 9, 2015
There is no bilateral agreement, so spouses cannot work on the local economy unless they give up their diplomatic passport. There are some options in the embassy. Some spouses are working unofficially in the schools. - Oct 27, 2015
There is no bilateral work agreement between US and Saudi so spouses cannot work on the local economy unless they gave up their diplomatic immunity. - Oct 15, 2015
No. - Jan 23, 2015
Not really unless you teach. - Sep 28, 2014
Not really. There might be some teaching jobs, but my understanding is that those are pretty dreadful (and I'm also not sure dependents can take them without work permits). Most dependents work at the Embassy or related organizations. A telecommuting job could also work if you are lucky enough to get a house that can sustain a high-speed connection. - Mar 26, 2014
It depends on your status here. We do have some spouses teaching at schools, we had a spouse who worked at a lawyer's office. For the most part working on the local economy is quite difficult. - Dec 4, 2013
Not that I know of. - Oct 9, 2013
Yes, though the conditions and work practices can be hair-raising. For female spouses: check out the "Women's Skills Bureau" website. - Mar 17, 2013
Working leagally on the local economy is quite challenging due to work permits. However freelance positions are available especially in teaching and healthcare. Check out the women's skills bureau for connecting with local opportunities http://www.wsb-ksa.com/ - Apr 7, 2011
Yes. - Jul 27, 2010
Depends on your background and expertise. - Mar 29, 2010
Not for an Embassy empoyee's spouse. - Jan 18, 2010
Not for USG spouses. - Dec 29, 2009
Yes, but not for women. - Oct 21, 2008
No. - Aug 6, 2008