Working in Erbil

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The strong presence of government security in the region has led many overseas businesses to use Erbil as their Iraqi base. A secure city with several booming industries and a majority youth population, Erbil is alive with opportunity and ambition. Find more information about working in Erbil in the InterNations GO! Guide!

Employment in Erbil

The great number of foreign companies in Erbil has caused a large expat community to spring up. Newcomers are welcomed with open arms; so take advantage of the InterNations forums to familiarize yourself with the local scene and to get to know your fellow expatriates before you arrive. 

Local Economy

Erbil is the commercial center of Kurdistan and is the hub of the region’s oil and gas industries — by far the nation’s most profitable export. Tourism is also booming and foreign investment in the trade has increased vastly in recent years, which is evidenced by the large numbers of luxury hotels springing up all over the city. Investors have also taken an interest in the lucrative education, communications, and agriculture sectors. 

The Kurdistan Regional Government actively promotes speculation and enterprise; through incentive schemes, customs related tax exemptions, and investment protection guarantees, Kurdistan, and Erbil in particular, is the most facilitating and free place to do business in the entire country. 

All of these factors have led to Kurdistan having one of the fastest growing economies in the world, with the past ten years witnessing a steady GDP growth of between six and ten per cent. 

Job Hunting in Erbil

There are three main ways to find a sponsor company in Erbil. Firstly, being able to network is an important skill that can help you build up your number of overseas business contacts, and is one of the best ways to find out about any new opportunities. 

The second best resource is probably online recruitment agencies and job sites; a Google search will bring up a huge number of these, but some particularly useful websites are bayt, mselect, and GulfTalent .

And finally, local newspapers are well worth keeping an eye on. Some popular English language papers include the Kurdish Globe and SOMA Digest. There is also a Gulf News  website which has an excellent careers section.

Taxation in Erbil

In Kurdistan a flat rate of 5% is applied to any personal income with source in the region and exceeding 1 million IQD per month. Your employer must also register all employees with the Labor and Social Security Department in order for a compulsory 5% social security tax to be deducted. Contributions for employers are 12%.

Expats are required to pay taxes on their income if they reside and produce income in the country for 4 consecutive months or for a total of 6 months during the tax year.

The corporate income tax is 15% of the taxable income.

InterNations GO!
by InterNations GO!
06 December 2018
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Moving to Erbil

Although many might find the thought of moving to Iraq daunting, Erbil is a vibrant, historical city with friendly locals and a strong expat community. So, once you’ve worked out the practicalities and taken the plunge you are sure to be pleasantly surprised by Erbil. Check out more information about the city, the climate, and the visas in the InterNations GO! Guide!
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Living in Erbil

Erbil, also known by its Kurdish name, Hawler, is the largest and fastest growing Kurdish city, with a modern twinge that surprises many foreigners. With shopping malls, highrisers, and swanky hotels everywhere, Erbil is far from what you would expect of an Iraqi city. Old and new coexist side-by-side in a city where a few minutes’ walk can take you from your five-star hotel to a bustling street bazaar. Read more information in the InterNations GO! Guide!
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