Oil exploitation and major events show the lack of engineers in Brazil – Foreigners are already a reality

The approaching World Cup in 2014 and the 2016 Olympic Games has warmed the Brazilian labor market and provided many opportunities for foreigners that want to work in the country. With the economic heating of Brazil – and cooling powers in the major markets – the demand from foreigners for a space in the Brazilian labor market has increased from year to year.

More than a responsiveness attributed to culture and population, the shortage of skilled labor in specific sectors of the economy is the major attraction. Last year, just before the end of June, 26,545 foreign workers had been allowed to work in Brazil. Most of these immigrants – approximately 52.92% of the total – had already completed their university studies.

Moreover, since 2008, it’s decreasing the number of authorizations not issued by the Ministry of Labor. Between January and June 2011, 866 visas had been denied – about 25% of them for evidence that they would replace brazilian labor.

With the country turned into a vast construction site thanks to the two international events taking place in Brazil, one of the sectors still quite lagged in the labor market is Engineering. According to public numbers, there is a shortage of 60,000 engineers in the brazilian market.

Many opportunities have also been concentrated in the oil and gas sector, since the discovery, exploration and exploitation of the pre-salt has created new needs for the professional market. There is insufficient technical expertise in exploration work and management of activities in this sector and it is no coincidence that the oil platforms in the entire Brazilian coast are filled by workers of various nationalities – more foreign than actually Brazilian.

Currently, most immigrants who come to work in Brazil come from the United States. Most of the working in management positions in multinational companies. Between January and June 2011, Brazil had also authorized the work of 6,531 Filipinos, who make up the second place in the granting of work visas. Most of them receive authorization to work in tourist ships that dock in the Brazilian coast. Indians are known internationally for work in the area of ​​Information Technology. Thanks to this ability, in the first half of last year, 3237 were allowed to work in Brazil.

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Joe Cloud
Dutch, American, Brazilian... lived there for 5 years and owns property in Brazil. Out of the country for a few years now and would like to go back, however current circumstances tell me it's not the right time.

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Dutch, American, Brazilian... lived there for 5 years and owns property in Brazil. Out of the country for a few years now and would like to go back, however current circumstances tell me it's not the right time.