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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?

Most spouses are either employed by the embassy or they telecommute. However there is a 10 1/2 hour time difference (give or take an hour depending your home time zone) so that needs to be considered when keeping your job in the states. Local pay is low and I don't know anyone working in the local market. - Sep 28, 2017
There are some EPAP positions at the embassy and other EFM jobs. I think most people who wanted to work were able to find something. There is the opportunity to do a lot of volunteering with church organizations, orphanages, self-help type projects, etc.

There are some NGOs in Sri Lanka and one might be able to find employment with them, but only with prior connections. - Mar 20, 2017

Not really although teachers can find jobs. - Sep 28, 2013
Only with NGOs. Everyone has to have a Permanent Residence Visa, and that has to be either sponsored by a company you work for or requires an investment that now starts at $250,000. - Sep 23, 2012
Most expats I met worked for NGO's or married Sri Lankans and opened restaurants. - Dec 7, 2011
Not really, very difficult to get a work permit. - Feb 8, 2010
Not sure. - Sep 7, 2008