Lagos - 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?

Most EFMs work at the Consulate, a few have found limited jobs in the local economy. Local salaries are low, but the work can be fulfilling for an EFM. - Jul 2020

Many spouses work at the Consulate; some telecommute. I don't know of anyone who worked on the local economy during my time at post, though that's not to say it couldn't be done. - Jun 2019

The consulate offered a number of employment opportunities for spouses. - Aug 2018

It seems that most spouses work at the Consulate or do not work outside the home, maybe a 50/50 split? At least one spouse works at the American school. It might be possible to work for a consulting or oil firm if you have the requisite skill set. There seem to be a fair number of NGOs and charities as well. - Mar 2018

No. The Consulate has a bilateral work agreement but it's nearly impossible to find something on the local economy. There are some NGOs, oil companies, and consulting firms in Lagos. The Consulate has limited jobs available for family members. - May 2016

Most Embassy dependents who want to work can find jobs in the Consulate. Opportunities vary from CLO, to GQ Manager, to Budget Assistant. The school offers other possibilities, as well. On the actual "local economy," there is very little unless you can hook up with contract positions or volunteer time at NGOs. - Dec 2011

No. Many volunteer oppurtunities, but hard to find paid work given the high unemployment rate. - Sep 2008

I think they're some jobs. I have friends who work for American owned companies here. - May 2008


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