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Working in Lima

Working in Lima makes you a part of the rapidly developing Latin American economy. You might be involved with a Peruvian or an international company, but either way you need some tips on the general financial state of Lima and on doing business in the city in general.
Lima is the industrial heart of Peru. Major industries include clothing, textiles, finance, and food.

Since its industrialization in the 1930s, Lima has not looked back. The city continues to grow into one of the largest financial centers in Latin America, drawing more and more international companies to set up shop in its business district. Working in Lima will thus be an exciting experience, whether you are involved in the financial or the industrial side of business.

Important for Peru: Lima’s Industrial Sector

Lima’s industrial activities account for more than two-thirds of all of Peru’s industrial production. Within the larger metropolitan area of Lima, there are around 7,000 factories. The products they manufacture include clothing, food, and textiles. Thousands of jobs depend on these industries.

Chemicals, leather, and oil derivatives are also of great importance. If you are involved in the industrial sector while working in Lima, you will recognize the necessity of manufacturing such products at a high rate. The products are then exported from Callao seaport, one of the main commerce ports in South America, thus creating a thriving import and export business.

Getting Down to Business

If you are working in Lima as an expat, chances are you will be based in San Isidro, the capital’s financial district. This high technology district is the home of both Peru’s national companies and plenty of international corporations as well.

As an expat, you might be involved with one of the major banks with headquarters in San Isidro. These include Banco de Crédito del Perú, Banco Continental, Banco de Comercio, Banco Finaciero, Banko Interamericano de Finanzas, Bank of the Nation, Scotia Bank, and Interbank.

Apart from major banks, Lima is home to numerous corporate businesses, and as an expat it should be fairly straightforward to start working at one of them. After all, the unemployment rate in Peru is only 6.8% as of August 2015.

Where to Go Job Hunting

The chances of finding a job are high, but most expats begin working in Lima after being sent there by their company. If you wish to find a job in the capital on your own accord, then you need to visit Lima to search for work before moving there permanently.

However, you can check some job listings at home on sites such as Vende, Empleos Peru, or Computrajabo. If you do end up working in Lima for a Peruvian company, then there are some guidelines you need to follow. You must send your signed work contract to the Peruvian Ministry of Labor, and you have to renew it after the maximum period of three years.

You can find additional information on our Working in Peru page about further regulations for foreigners working in Lima and advice on business etiquette.


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