How to Find Jobs in Iceland

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Working in Iceland is not beyond reach, especially if you’re already an EU resident. But there are some important tips and background information you should know before you move.

Work Visa Requirements

Iceland does not have any job market restrictions for citizens of other EEA countries and EU countries. If you're from the European Union or an EEA country, you will not need a work permit in Iceland and should ​officially register your plans to relocate to Iceland for further assistance.

All others should check with their local Icelandic embassies for work visa requirements first.

Tourism Jobs are Booming

Iceland is a small island nation in the North Atlantic Ocean, between Norway and Greenland. Because of its size, there aren't many bustling metropolitan areas besides its capital, Reykjavík, which has a population of around 122,000 citizens. But, thanks to an economic boom in tourism and the country's rising popularity, more and more people are coming to Iceland, meaning jobs are opening up everywhere. The most available positions are service and hospitality jobs. In fact, a third of the jobs created in the last five years have been in tourism.

Why Expats Should Apply for Icelandic Jobs

In the late 2000s, Iceland was in a serious financial recession. However, with the rising tourist rate, the economy is now flourishing—perhaps too much. It is predicted that 15,000 jobs will be available until 2019, while Iceland's workforce is only expected to hit 8,000 people.

This means that roughly 7,000 workers from abroad will be needed to fill the available roles. So there are plenty of opportunities to find well-paying work here.

Looking for a Job

Jobs in Iceland aren't very hard to come by if you're a good, helpful worker. If you're already in Iceland, take a look at local newspapers or simply ask around as most jobs are passed on through word-of-mouth.

Another easy option is to look at job websites. For English-speakers, there are many popular English sites that regularly post Icelandic job listings.

If you already speak Icelandic, your job prospects in Iceland increase tenfold. Keep track of current openings by applying to positions found on Icelandic job pages.