Sarajevo - 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 spouses tend to either work at their partner's workplace or as teachers at one of the English-language schools. Local salaries are low for Europe (but high for most of Latin America) - Mar 2024

There are a handful of EFM jobs at the Embassy with more being added each year. There are currently 4 EPAP positions. There are also job opportunities at the local school. Telecommuting is common too with the reliable internet, but we are six hours ahead of DC time. - Apr 2021

I think most work at the embassy or at the school. - Dec 2017

Most spouses work at the embassy or at the school. - Sep 2017

Unemployment in Bosnia is high, there aren't very many opportunities to work on local economy. Some expats teach at the international schools or volunteer. - Feb 2017

No. There is no bilateral work agreement. - May 2016

No. Perhaps teaching English as a 2nd language. - Aug 2014

Some teaching. - Nov 2012

None to speak of really. If so, the pay would be terrible. - Aug 2011

Not so much. There are some embassy jobs but they are usually beneath your skill/education level. - May 2011

Not really unless you speak the language. And then, the pay is awful. - May 2010

Not that I have heard of. The embassy works hard to employ spouses that would like to work. - Jun 2009

No. - Mar 2009

Not much. Unemployment in B&H is high. There is plenty of qualified staff available, who speak foreign and domestic languages. - Dec 2008

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