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A reader commented on the Expat Report Living in Limassol, Cyprus
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What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?
Cyprus is a free and easy place where 90 percent speak English. Most of Cyprus life reveolves around small cafes and bars. (Continue)
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I find the comments extremely offensive. As a Cypriot who lived and worked there people are anything but lazy; (I now live in central Europe because my skills were such that i was offered a job here...)in fact they are very inventive and industrious and some of the most highly educated people on the planet, and definitely better educated that the average Brit. Some labour must be sought abroad simply due to the lack of enough people or some skills.
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Jobs in Limassol, Cyprus
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What advice would you offer others about finding jobs and working abroad?
Research, research then research some more!

Visit the country you plan to move to, talk to people who are resident and working. Find out about local salary, employment regulations and any benefits if they are available.

For example, in Cyprus if you have worked for more than 6 months in your position you may be entitled to claim unemployment benefit. It mainly depends on your Social Insurance contributions so you should ensure your position is legal and that your employer is paying and deducting your contributions on your behalf.

It can take up to 12wks before you receive your first unemployment cheque. Please always plan ahead for any eventuality and ensure you have finances in position before moving abroad.

In Cyprus, there are localities that depend purely on tourism and either close or become extremely quiet out of the main holiday seasons. If you intend to work in the tourist sector (hotels, bars & restaurants) you should seek a resort that is open all year round. Work in Ayia Napa & Protaras is very difficult to come by in the winter. Paphos quietens much more after Christmas until Easter whereas Limassol does still stay open but again some bars & restaurants may close for a couple of months.

If your work will not be in the tourist industry you should be aware that the west (Paphos end) consists largely of retired UK expats and the east (Ayia Napa end) does not offer much in the line of office positions.

Nicosia is the capital and the biggest city so has a greater variety. However, with all capital cities, it's the most expensive place to live but salaries are generally a little higher.

Larnaca is up and coming and is probably the 2nd place to gain work in comparison to Limassol, which is multiculteral and more cosmopolitan in comparison to Paphos.

Most countries have a government job portal but be aware jobs may be advertised only in the local language. In Cyprus, there are a number of employment agencies with websites - so, Google is a good place to start.

Visit forums to seek out information from expats who are already in a similar situation as yours. (Continue)

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Expat Report Info about UKCA in Limassol, Cyprus was published
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Expat Report Living in Limassol, Cyprus was published
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What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?
Join online forums such as BFC Trading Post Cyprus Limassol Living and also Cyprus-AngloInfo as they are full of information - before you move to Cyprus.

We also have the UKCA club in the town which is frequented by UK ex-pats.

If you are an animal lover, there are loads of sanctuaries that are seeking voluntary help and we also have the Samaritans who regularly need assistance. (Continue)

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