Most expats who move to Fiji are usually looking to retire in the idyllic island nation, but very few relocate for the country's career opportunities. Still, many expats are beginning to realise the potential in the burgeoning Pacific economy and thanks to the availability of an investment permit, it is fairly easy to set up businesses in Fiji. But expats on the job hunt may experience challenges with acquiring the work permit necessary to secure employment in Fiji.
Job market in Fiji
Agriculture and tourism are the most robust industries in the archipelago. However, both are vulnerable to disruption from Fiji's frequent cyclones, which somewhat hamper their growth. The previously unstable political situation in Fiji further affected the country's tourism industry. Despite this, tourism employs plenty of people, and expats who move to Fiji usually set up guest houses and restaurants to capitalise on the expanding hospitality industry.
Fiji is also rich in forestry, mineral and fish resources, with coconut, ginger and sugar as the main cash crops. Although agriculture accounts for less than 15 percent of the country's GDP, the industry employs approximately two-thirds of the Fijian workforce.
Finding a job in Fiji
Finding a job in Fiji is a rather arduous task, so expats should start job hunting as soon as possible to secure a role before relocating, as it can be incredibly difficult to get a job after arriving. Recruitment agencies are valuable resources and can help with the search, as agents are typically knowledgeable about the local job market. Otherwise, online job portals and social networking sites such as LinkedIn also advertise the various opportunities available in the country.
Work culture in Fiji
Fijians are friendly, hospitable people and often go the extra mile to make expats feel welcome, including in the workplace. Elderly associates and managers are generally revered, and the workplace has a hierarchical system. Punctuality is not as strictly observed in Fiji as it is in some western countries, as ‘Pacific time’ means people are frequently late for scheduled events. Though, expats should still arrive on time and be tolerant of the cultural norms in the country.