Skopje - 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?

Embassy has a good amount of EFM jobs but it's a small post. Some work from home. My spouse worked as a computer programmer from home. - Jun 2023

Spouses mostly worked at the Embassy and even that was a struggle because there weren't enough EFM jobs. I know some ran home businesses like teaching yoga or zumba and one was a teacher at the local school, but my husband couldn't get an EFM job and just chilled by the pool most days. :) - Aug 2019

Businesses are all about who you know; often, they will find/make a job for the spouse of a person they want to hire. - Jan 2019

Teaching in the international schools or telecommuting are the two most popular jobs for spouses. - Sep 2016

No - May 2016

No! This is the biggest drawback to Skopje. Many spouses who would like to work cannot find employment. - Oct 2013

I don't know. - Sep 2013

No. Unemployment is high, so it's difficult for even Macedonians to find a job. - Jun 2013

Not really. Unemployment is high, and wages are low. - Mar 2012

There are some teaching opportunities, plenty of NGOs, and USAID contractor positions that come available every once in a while, but I would assume other "local" positions are lacking or wouldn't pay very well. The embassy has lots of positions for spouses, and sometimes actually has trouble filling them. - Aug 2009

There are a few local opportunities but excellent local language skills are required. - Mar 2009

No. None. Do not come here expecting to get a job on the economy. Jobs at the embassy are few and far between. The majority of spouses do not work, although I suspect many would like to. - Mar 2009

Just the school or a few jobs at the Embassy. - Jan 2009

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