Working in Iraq

Due to ongoing tensions, expats moving to Iraq are those with secure job offers already in place. Expats often place emphasis on salary when looking for work abroad. The money offered to Westerners in Iraq will certainly make this country more of an attractive option. Many contractors from the United States are involved in the country’s infrastructure rebuilding, and Westerners will often have jobs prior to arriving in Iraq.  

As the country is being rebuilt, there are many great investment opportunities. Business people from across the globe are expressing the desire to capitalise on the potential of the Iraqi economy.

Industries in Iraq

One of the most prominent industry in Iraq has always been oil. The industry naturally took a blow from the effects of the war. However, Iraq has been receiving new contracts from major oil companies in recent years. Therefore, there is a lot of scope for the country to expand its oil revenue.

The country’s construction industry is where the highest number of expat jobs can be found. Other sectors, such as healthcare, offer a range of jobs. As in many countries, English teachers are also sought after. Interpreting is a viable option for expats who are fluent in Arabic, Kurdish and English.

Finding a job in Iraq

Expats working in Iraq arrive in the country having secured an employment contract beforehand. All foreigners require a visa to enter Iraq. Expats should not arrive in Iraq with the intention of trying to find work.

There are a number of websites focused on employment for expats in Iraq. A good starting point is sites like and GulfTalent. Newspapers such as the Kurdish Globe and Iraq Today, the latter of which is in English, may also be useful resources.