Work in Brazil

work in brazil: ela está aprendendo português para o trabalho

Hello there! We will talk today about a subject that might interest many foreigners: work in Brazil. Have you ever considered working outside your own country? What about working in our beloved Brazil? We will take a close look at the vocabulary related to jobs in Brazil: how does the job market in Brazil works? Are there jobs in Brazil for English speakers? Don’t fret, we are here to help you out with everything related to this matter in this Dica!

About the Job Market in Brazil

Every year, the job market in Brazil grows, offering opportunities for many people in different areas. Recently, many foreigners have chosen Brazil as a destination to start over their lives. In some cases, simply spend some time learning the language while working. The Brazilian job market does not discriminate against nationalities, but it is extremely important that you know how to speak Portuguese, don’t you think?

Where to Look for Jobs in Brazil?

Let’s see some common places to look for a job in Brazil:

Vocabulary for Work in Brazil

Mercado de Trabalho (Job Market)
The relationship between the ones looking for a job, and the companies that are searching for an employee.

Mão-de-Obra (Labor)
This is used to refer to a group of workers. In Portuguese, however, you can also see this used for workers in the manual work area, such as construction.

Funcionário (Employee)
The individuals who work in a company or business.

Empresa (Company)
An organization composed by employees and strives for financial profit.

Jornada de Trabalho (Workload)
It is the workload that each employee must work daily in their company. It can vary according to their job, the position they hold, and the job market.

Horário de Expediente
(Office Hours)
Companies usually are open for a length of time each day, this is horário de expediente. The banks in Brazil, for example, normally work from 10am til 4pm.

Hora Extra (Overtime)
The time the employee works that exceeds the established in the contract by the employer. If it happens, the company decides if they pay for that overtime or add it to the banco de horas.

Banco de Horas (Hours Bank)
The sum of overtime an employee has worked. Not all companies in Brazil pay overtime, instead, they convert it into days off.

Folga (Day Off)
The day, or days, in which the employee does not have to work each month.

Acidentes de Trabalho (Workplace Accidents)
The physical injuries sustained by an employee in the workplace.

Salário (Remuneration)
It’s the remuneration paid by a company to their employee. In Brazil, normally, it’s paid monthly.

Diária (Daily Rate)
Some workers work in an informal setting, so get paid for each day of work. This is somewhat risky, since the worker is not entitled to any of the rights provided by the labor laws.

Vocabulary Related to Brazilian Working Laws

Carteira de Trabalho (Employment Authorization)
It’s the document that allows any citizen to work legally. The employee that has their employment authorization signed are granted all the rights provided by the labor laws.

Seguro Desemprego (Unemployment Insurance)
The salary provided by the government to those who lost their jobs without a valid reason. Its duration and amount is directly related to the previous job and salary.

Licença Remunerada (Paid Leave)
The period in which the employee stays away from the company but still gets paid. Normally, that happens due to a workplace injury, advanced pregnancy (licença maternidade in Portuguese) or after labor.

Férias (Vacations)
The period of the year in which the employee doesn’t have to work, but gets paid. The duration of the vacation is normally 30 days.

Décimo Terceiro
The décimo terceiro is an extra payment that every legal worker in Brazil is entitled to. It happens because some months during the year happen to have 5 weeks instead of the usual 4, so this salary is supposed to be the payment for those extra worked weeks.

Main Sectors When You Work in Brazil

Brazil is home to a thriving agricultural industry. Did you know we are the world’s largest producer of beef, tropical fruit and sugar cane? We have also been the world’s top coffee producer for more than a century. This makes jobs in agriculture very important and abundant. In addition to agriculture, Brazil’s industrial sector producing aircraft, automobiles, computers and many other sectors has flourished in recent years. We are also one of the world’s leading hydroelectricity producers! So if you are wondering the most popular jobs in Brazil, here we go:

  • agriculture specialists;
  • sales representatives;
  • accountants, auditors and financial analysts;
  • healthcare professionals;
  • IT professionals;
  • engineers (chemical, civil, electronic and mechanical).

There is a special type of visa for workers in Brazil, so these technicalities are in no way a problem if you want to come! And you can always start learning Portuguese online with us, so you don’t arrive here looking only for jobs in Brazil for English speakers! This will for sure broaden your opportunities!

Jobs in Brazil for English Speakers

Searching for a job, in general, can be a tough activity. There are so many variables, that most of the time we feel lost. This becomes even greater if we are looking for work in other countries where we want to move. Often, the conventional ways of finding a job that work for natives of that country don’t work when you are a foreigner. So, what to do if you want to move to Brazil and work in this wonderful country? Well, if you’re looking for an opportunity to work in Brazil, we have something that might interest you.

Rio always has had a strong demand for foreign English teachers for many years, which makes this a rich job market in Brazil. It is the best destination for English teachers, as it is open and friendly to visitors and has a warm climate that is pleasant for most of the year. Whether it’s summer or winter, you’ll find plenty to keep you occupied! Within a cosmopolitan mix of cultures with easy access to beaches, mountains and the city; you can easily find many teaching opportunities here.

Here is your chance to work as an English Teacher in Brazil or abroad, start a new career or further your career. So if you want to enter the job market here in Brazil, don’t wait another minute, get in touch with us, and learn more about our program.

Are you ready to work in Brazil?

So? Now are you ready to enter the job market in Brazil? What about your country, does it look like to work in Brazil? Profit from our immersion classes and learn everything you need to know about Portuguese!

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