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?

All of the above and decent options within the US mission. Local unemployment is high but there tend to be opportunities for skilled professionals. It is a very mature economy and academia is robust. - Jan 2020

It's not easy to find a local job. There is very high unemployment and a large group of qualified South Africans. - Dec 2019

As a spouse, I found a job teaching at a major university in Pretoria which was a great opportunity. Several other spouses have gotten jobs in IT. Unemployment is high nationally, but there is still a shortage of skilled workers, so if you are a niche specialist, you might be in luck. Spouses of embassy hires are given work permits here. - Mar 2019

Local salaries aren't great unless you work in a corporate environment. Not many spouses do that. Most spouses rely on mission employment, but with the current freeze, they've struggled a bit. It is not a great situation. Self-employed spouses do better, as far as I have seen. - Jan 2018

There are some opportunities in aid organizations. - Dec 2009

Wages are very low, but there are opportunities. The embassy has a SNAP program here. - Aug 2009

Not really but there is a coordinator for this at the Embassy. The wages are very low compared to the States. - Feb 2009

No. - Oct 2008

Don't know about those not affiliated with the Embassy, but any EFM who wants a job can get one in the Embassy. They are begging for people. - Jun 2008

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