Gaborone - 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?

All the spouses either worked remotely (difficult with the internet) or for the Embassy. - Jul 2019

Local employment outside the embassy is pretty rare. There are a few EFM jobs with the US Embassy, but not enough.

People who have their own internet-based businesses have suffered with the poor quality of the local internet services. - Apr 2017

Spousal employment is virtually impossible. It is extremely hard to work on the local economy without some kind of "in." If your spouse is employed at a diplomatic mission and you have an "exemption" from work/residence permits, it's much easier. Without that, I've heard of spouses being unable to find even volunteer work. The U.S. Embassy has several good, substantive jobs for spouses. - Jul 2016

No. But there are some decent embassy jobs. - Mar 2015

Nope. Botswana is revoking work permits for expats in order to give those jobs to locals... So don''t even think about it. - Oct 2014

N/A. If you work in healthcare or edcuation there might be some opportunities. Some of the international corporations may have some as well...but I am not sure about the bilateral work agreements. - Nov 2013

A few, but becoming increasingly difficult as the government of Botswana seems to be limiting the availability of work permits and licenses. - Jul 2013

No, and it is getting harder and harder to get work permits. - Apr 2013

Botswana is trying to make sure that there are plenty of opportunities for its own well-trained citizens. This has lead to protectionist policies that can make it hard for some expatsto find work. But with that said, there are opportunities, and with a bit of persistence jobs can be found for well trained candidates. Best prospects are teaching at international-caliber schools or the University, or work with one of the many development organizations here helping with the HIV/AIDS crisis. - Jun 2010

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