Join InterNations

The world's largest expat community

Find Out How to Get a Job and Work in Chisinau

  • Connect with fellow expats in Chisinau

  • Join exciting events and groups for expats

  • Get information in our expat guides

  • Exchange tips about expat life in Chisinau

  • Ivan Dlouhy

    When I was offered a posting in Chisinau, I was skeptical at first. But this expat community made settling in so much easier.

An amazing community is waiting for you!

Meet internacional people at local events

Socialize, enjoy hobbies, and make friends

Get info, and feel at home abroad!

Employment in Chisinau

Local Economy

As the largest and capital city of Moldova, Chisinau is also its economic center, and accounts for around 60% of the country’s total GDP (PPP) of 17,693 billion USD. As a result, Chisinau is the wealthiest city in Moldova, and its GDP (PPP) per capita is 227% that of the national average. Historically, the city’s economy relied on heavy industry, but since gaining independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, Chisinau, and Moldova more generally, has made the transition to a service-based economy. Today, Chisinau is home to the majority of Moldova’s main financial institutions, including all of its national banks and newspapers, and as a result finance is a major employer. In addition, Chisinau is also the seat of the Moldovan government, and is home to most of the country’s ambassadorial buildings, which employ expatriates from countries around the world. Expatriates working in Chisinau tend to be employed in governmental or ambassadorial positions, or work for NGOs. There is also a growing call for English teachers in the city, as well as employment opportunities in finance, banking, and retail.

Work Permits for Chisinau

All expatriates and foreigners wanting to work in Chisinau must apply for a work permit, including EU/EEA nationals. In order to apply for a work permit, you must have already secured a residency permit and have a place of work in Chisinau confirmed. You must make your work permit application to the National Agency for Employment of the Ministry of Economy through the Moldovan embassy or consulate in your home country, and in order for it to be granted you will need to take a HIV test, undergo a medical examination by an approved practitioner, and provide evidence of your prospective place of residency in Chisinau, as well as your residency permit. Applying for a permit to work in Chisinau can be a lengthy process, and you are advised to contact your local embassy or consulate for more information before applying.

Income Taxation for Chisinau

Like all Moldovan citizens, expatriates and foreigners working in Chisinau will be required to pay income tax on their earnings. Like many European countries, Moldova has a progressive, sliding scale tax system, which means that your total income determines the amount of income tax that you are required to pay. The income taxation rates for expatriates working in Chisinau in 2015 are as follows:

  • Up to 12,180 MDL — no income tax payable
  • 10% on income between 12,180 and 16,200 MDL
  • 15% on income between 16,201 and 21,000 MDL
  • 22% on income in excess of 21,000 MDL

However, expatriates working in Chisinau should be aware that their residency status will determine the income on which they will pay income tax at Moldovan rates. For tax purposes, expatriates are considered residents of Moldova if they live and work in Chisinau for more than 183 days a year, and as a result will pay income tax at Moldovan rates on their worldwide income. If expatriates are not classed as residents for tax purposes, i.e. if they live and work in Chisinau for less than 183 days in a year, they will pay income tax at Moldovan rates on their Moldovan income only.

Sep 30, 2023, 4:00 PM
26 attendees
A Feast for All Senses in Chisinau We extend a warm invitation to you to join us for a vibrant Oktoberfest celebration in the heart of Chisinau! This event promises an unforgettable experience that t
Aug 3, 2023, 5:30 PM
26 attendees
Chill, Connect & Refresh: Hugo Spritz Summer Soirée – After Work Edition! Get ready for an exciting summer after-work gathering with the Internations Chisinau Community at our upcoming event - Summer
Jul 23, 2023, 12:00 PM
23 attendees
Join us and enjoy the Summer Lake BBQ Party! We'll provide a sizzling grill and refreshing water. All you need to do is bring your own food, or if you'd like to share something culturally special with
Join us for an evening of relaxed networking and delightful flavors at Brews, Ribs & Cheers: A Flavorful Networking Affair event, hosted at the Beer Pub Craft Baza located at Str. Constantin Tănase

See all upcoming events for expats in Chisinau

Our Global Partners

  • Ivan Dlouhy

    When I was offered a posting in Chisinau, I was skeptical at first. But this expat community made settling in so much easier.

  • Kim Demers

    My expat friends from InterNations helped me discover Moldavia's historical and cultural heritage!

Our Global Partners

Like-Minded Expatriates in Chisinau

Moldova Guide Topics