Panama City - 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?

Local employment is a challenge, even more so after the pandemic. Local salaries are very low as well. Unemployment remains very high, of course, and some professions are restricted for nationals only. I have heard about long-distance telework arrangements (perhaps even more common now that we are operating remotely on a global scale), but I would assume that these are more common for established work relationships, prior to the pandemic. Still, because Panama is an air transportation hub, I can see opportunities for remote work increasing. - Dec 2021


There are a few EPAP and other employment options in the area. Some are successful telecommuting or traveling occasionally back to the US for work (MIA/DC). Don't know anyone finding the right salary match on the local economy. - Oct 2018


Local salary is low compared to the US and the schools are almost always hiring. - Sep 2018


Part-time embassy work but it takes a long time to find a spot and get a clearance. - May 2017


Many work at the embassy or telecommute to companies back in the States. Some work on the local economy, usually at the international schools. - Mar 2017


At the embassy it's good. - Oct 2015


Maybe if you speak Spanish and if they think you are in Panama for not short term. - Jun 2015


No, decent opportunities. There is a bilateral work agreement but one must have fluent Spanish and the pay is less than one would earn at the Embassy. Unfortunatley, competition for EFM jobs is high and there are many who cannot find a job even after looking for a year. - May 2015


Yes (i.e. NGOs, foundations, international organizations, international corporations, etc). Panama is the location of many regional offices for private companies, NGOs and the UN. - Jul 2014


Yes - if you are bilingual. Panama is a logistics and financial hub that is pretty plugged into the global economy. Many multinationals have operations here. Panama has a shortage of skilled labor. - Mar 2014


Many people look within their spouse's agency or at the international schools. However Panama has relatively relaxed rules and does grant resident visas to many people who want to invest here and start a business. - Jan 2013


I'm not sure - it might be hard if you are not affiliated with an Embassy or organization for permissions. - Sep 2011


If you are a banking professional or money launderer, it looks OK. - Apr 2010


not many jobs on the local economy due to wages paid here - Dec 2009


Not that I have found. - May 2008


Yes, for teachers but the pay is not comparable to the U.S. Unless you own your own business, expect to be paid much less than you would in the U.S. - Apr 2008


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