Mumbai - Post Report Question and Answers

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?

You need to get a PAN card and salaries will be based on the local market (read: salaries will be low). - Jul 2023

Diplomatic mission. - Aug 2021

Most spouses work in the Consulate or at the American School. I haven't heard of anyone working on the local economy. - Nov 2020

Many expat spouses aren’t able to work here. Consulate spouses are fortunate to have a bilateral work agreement in place with the government of India, so we can work either in the Consulate or on the local economy. A large number of spouses work at the Consulate. There are also some who telework or run their own businesses. Lots of different work options here! - Aug 2019

Difficult, but some people have done it. I taught a university class which was a terrific experience, but the pay was about 1/20th of what it would have been in the developed world. There is a diplomatic bi-lateral work agreement between India and the US. There are several good co-working sites at which some expats have offices, including mine in a beautiful old British building in the heart of downtown South Bombay. - Mar 2019

Currently more options for EFMs. - Jan 2019

Some EFM jobs are available. - May 2018

I'm single so not sure. But local salaries are very, very low compared to expat salaries. - Jun 2017

Limited. Good if you are a school teacher. - Aug 2015

I don't think so. - Nov 2014

Not really. - Mar 2014

No. - Feb 2014

I don't think so. My partner was able to find some work in his field, but it's highly specialized. Still, he's doing it mainly to stay active as it really doesn't pay very much. Also, you need a work visa in order to work, and you can only get one if you have a company to sponsor you. - May 2013

Yes. - Feb 2013

No, there aren't. - Dec 2010

A few, pay is low. - Aug 2008

Schools pay well, but outside of teachers, working opportunities are very limited. - Jul 2008

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