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  • Boas-Vindas aos novos Conselheiros EURES, que concluíram a formação na passada semana, e aos seus Line Managers:
    Sandra Simão(Divisão de Emprego da DR Norte)Line Manager: Ana Santos
    Carmen Lopes(CTE Braga)Line Manager: Paula Caramelo
    Anabela Martinho (CTE V F Xira)Line Manager: Maria Guerreiro
    Pedro Vieira(DEM)
    Conselheiros EURES e Line Managers não presentes:
    José Francisco Costa, da DR Alentejo – tinha outra reunião
    Directores de CTE’s:
    António Carlos, do CTE Guimarães – motivos de saúde
    Rosa Trindade, do CTE Valença
    Gisela Espírito Santo, do CTE Chaves
    Conselheira EURES Paula Freitas, da DR Norte – motivos de saúde
    Outros que faltem na altura
  • Official Name - Portuguese Republic
    Founding of the Portuguese State - 1143
    Founding of the Republic - 1910
    Political System – Parliamentary Democracy
    Language - Portuguese
    Constitutional System - A Republic ruled by a Constitution.
    The Constitutional System includes the President of the Republic who represents the Portuguese Republic, the Assembleia da República (Parliament) that represents the Portuguese citizens, the Government and the Courts of Law which administer justice in the name of the people and act solely in accordance with the law and whose decisions are binding for all public and private entities. With the exception of the Law Courts, these sovereign organs (excepting the Government) are elected by direct, secret and periodic vote by the people. See Political System
    Political Parties represented in the Parliament - Socialist Party (PS), Social Democratic Party (PSD), Portuguese Communist Party (PCP), Popular Party (CDS-PP), Left Block (BE) and the The Ecologists Party «Os Verdes» (PEV).
    International Relations
    Portugal has been a founder-member of the UN system since 1945, a founder-member of NATO since 1949, a member of the Council of Europe since 1976 and of the European Union since 1986 as well as a founder-member of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries since 1996.
    Portugal maintains diplomatic relations with over 180 countries across all continents worldwide.
  • ReligionThe Portuguese people are mainly Roman Catholic but the Portuguese Constitution guarantees religious freedom, resulting in the presence of various different religions in Portugal: Christians ( Protestants of various denominations and Orthodox), Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Jews, etc.
    The mainland is home to Fátima, one of the greatest Roman Catholic sanctuaries of the world.
    GDP Growth Rate: 163.595,4 million Eur (2009)
    GDP growth rate in Portugal (2009): -2,7%
  • Portugal’s economy is based on traditional industries such as textiles, clothing, footwear, cork and wood products, beverages (wine), ceramics, glass and glassware, fish canning, metal working, oil refining and chemicals. The country as increased its role in Europe’s automotive sector and has world-class mold-making industry.
  • A considerable part of the country is dedicated to agriculture but it doesn't’ represent most of the economy, it’s mostly survival and small trade agriculture – the south as developed an extensive monoculture of cereals and olive trees, up north in the Douro valley in vineyards – traditional wine grower (Port wine) and Vinho Verde (Young Wine) are the leading exporters. Portugal is also a quality fruit producer, namely oranges from the Algarve and pears in the Oeste region (Pera Rocha).
    Business to Business Market – At the moment the growth oriented sector are construction (namely public – new airport, new TGV, new bridge), environment, medical equipment, information technology an communications, fishing and transportation. The growth oriented sectors are construction, environment, medical equipment, information technology an communications, fishing and transportation. One of the solutions often advised as the first approach toward entering in this markets is to appoint a local agent who can also respond to public tenders
    Franchising is a developing market mostly clothing stores and service establishments.
    Business to Consumer Market – The major visible trend in the last few years has been the increase of hypermarkets and supermarkets (Modelo and Pingo doce – Portuguese, Auchan and Carrefour – French) and large retailers (Bricodis – Belgian, Habitat – Scandinavian, FNAC- French) expanding their products to the non-food market will result in a continuing decline in the market share of traditional retailers.
  • while tourism is clearly the driving force of the economy and labour market, Portugal is trying to develop a cultural and rustic tourism, rather than only beach tourism in order to attract tourists interested in getting to know the real Portugal. The types of touristic services offered have diversified from ‘sun and beach’ tourism to the organisation of events, adventure and nature, cultural, rural and residential and spa tourism.
  • Based in Registered Unemployment
  • Based in Registered Unemployment
  • Where are the available jobs?
    Idioma skills in Portuguese are essential, particularly in occupations requiring contact with the public. A knowledge of other Idiomas, such as English, Spanish, French or German, may be an advantage, particularly in tourism. Portugal has been facing an increase in the unemployment rate in the last few years. Nevertheless, there are still some niches in Mercado de empleo where Portuguese employers find difficulties recruiting:
    Health Sector - Medical doctors, namely general practitioners, but mostly in some expert specialties; these deficits have been sometimes minimised by recruiting Spanish and Eastern countries professionals
    Information and Communication Technologies (even in this sector, English isn't very common as working Idioma) - Computer systems designers, analysts and programmers; software and hardware experts; employers have recruited immigrant workers from third countries in this niche, namely from Brazil
    - Electromechanical, mechanical and telecommunications engineers
    Construction - Qualified professionals: floor layers and tile setters, cabinetmakers and related workers, electricians, plumbers and pipe fitters; this sector has been recurring to immigrant workers from third countries
    other - The establishment of the new activity of Call and Contact Centres and Shared Services Centres in Portugal has also begun to create jobs (shifts, many times in 365 days/year, 7 days/week, 24h/day) they also offer part time work
  • Where are the available jobs?
    Idioma skills in Portuguese are essential, particularly in occupations requiring contact with the public. A knowledge of other Idiomas, such as English, Spanish, French or German, may be an advantage, particularly in tourism. Portugal has been facing an increase in the unemployment rate in the last few years. Nevertheless, there are still some niches in Mercado de empleo where Portuguese employers find difficulties recruiting:
    Health Sector - Medical doctors, namely general practitioners, but mostly in some expert specialties; these deficits have been sometimes minimised by recruiting Spanish and Eastern countries professionals
    Information and Communication Technologies (even in this sector, English isn't very common as working Idioma) - Computer systems designers, analysts and programmers; software and hardware experts; employers have recruited immigrant workers from third countries in this niche, namely from Brazil
    - Electromechanical, mechanical and telecommunications engineers
    Construction - Qualified professionals: floor layers and tile setters, cabinetmakers and related workers, electricians, plumbers and pipe fitters; this sector has been recurring to immigrant workers from third countries
    other - The establishment of the new activity of Call and Contact Centres and Shared Services Centres in Portugal has also begun to create jobs (shifts, many times in 365 days/year, 7 days/week, 24h/day) they also offer part time work
  • Where are the available jobs?
    Idioma skills in Portuguese are essential, particularly in occupations requiring contact with the public. A knowledge of other Idiomas, such as English, Spanish, French or German, may be an advantage, particularly in tourism. Portugal has been facing an increase in the unemployment rate in the last few years. Nevertheless, there are still some niches in Mercado de empleo where Portuguese employers find difficulties recruiting:
    Health Sector - Medical doctors, namely general practitioners, but mostly in some expert specialties; these deficits have been sometimes minimised by recruiting Spanish and Eastern countries professionals
    Information and Communication Technologies (even in this sector, English isn't very common as working Idioma) - Computer systems designers, analysts and programmers; software and hardware experts; employers have recruited immigrant workers from third countries in this niche, namely from Brazil
    - Electromechanical, mechanical and telecommunications engineers
    Construction - Qualified professionals: floor layers and tile setters, cabinetmakers and related workers, electricians, plumbers and pipe fitters; this sector has been recurring to immigrant workers from third countries
    other - The establishment of the new activity of Call and Contact Centres and Shared Services Centres in Portugal has also begun to create jobs (shifts, many times in 365 days/year, 7 days/week, 24h/day) they also offer part time work
  • Tourism
    Hotel and catering sector (which is essentially seasonal, though some needs may be permanent): cooks, waiters, waitresses and bartenders, bakers, pastry-cooks and confectionery makers – and, mostly on the main touristic regions (the Algarve and Madeira island) – receptionists and information clerks, qualified workers for the maintenance of green areas (namely, golf courses maintenance operators) (many times 24h/7days work shifts)
    cereals and olive trees, up north in the Douro valley in vineyards – traditional wine grower (Port wine and Vinho Verde (Green Wine) are the leading exporters). Portugal is also a quality producer of fruits namely oranges from Algarve and Oeste regions pears (Pera Rocha).
  • There was a gross increase of 3,7% in average monthly earnings from Oct 2007 to Oct 2008
  • There are also non-fixed term contracts, which may be entered into the following cases:
    Temporary replacement of a worker
    Seasonal activities
    Civil construction and public works (connected to the project duration)
    Industrial assembly and repair activities under a regime of direct piecework
    Development of projects not part of the employer’s current activities.
    Indefinite term (permanent) work contracts may or may not be put in writing.
    A work contract engaged outside the fixed or non-fixed term (or temporary work) contracts formulas, or which has not been put into writing, will be converted into a permanent contract.
    The holidays can go up to 25 week days per year if the worker has no absenteism during 1 whole year / does not lack to work for other reasons (or max. 1 day).
    Férias acrescidas:
    - Se o trabalhador, no ano civil, não tiver faltas ou tiver apenas um dia ou dois meios dias de faltas justificadas, ou de suspensão do contrato por facto a si respeitante, tem direito a mais 3 dias de férias (25 dias úteis);
    - Se o trabalhador, tiver apenas dois dias ou quatro meios-dias de faltas justificadas, ou de suspensão do contrato por facto a si respeitante, tem direito a mais 2 dias de férias ( 24 dias úteis);
    - Se o trabalhador, tiver apenas três dias ou seis meios-dias de faltas justificadas, ou de suspensão do contrato por facto a si respeitante, tem direito a mais 1 dia de férias ( 23 dias úteis).
    Contratos inferiores a seis meses:
    - Se o contrato não atingir seis meses o trabalhador tem direito a 2 dias úteis de férias por cada mês completo de contrato, que devem ser gozadas imediatamente antes da cessação do mesmo, salvo se existir acordo das partes.
  • If you work with a TWA, which assigns workers to other companies, please make sure that it is licensed to exercise that activity, so that you do not run any risks.
  • Both the employer and the employee registered in the social security system are required to pay contributions. The rates generally applied are 23.75% for employers and 11% (deducted at source from gross pay) for employees.
    Independent workers have to pay monthly contributions at a rate of 25.4% of their declared income (if covered by the compulsory protection scheme alone) or 32% (if they choose the extended protection scheme).
  • Paid to employees living in Portugal who are:
    non-voluntarily unemployed
    registered as jobseekers in the Job Centre (IEFP)
    In order to qualify for unemployment benefit you must register with the nearest Job Centre within 90 days of becoming unemployed. You may request the benefit either in the act of registration in the Job Centre or online, in the Social Security portal - Segurança Social Directa (Social Security Online).
    You are entitled to unemployment benefit if you completed a period of 450 days’ paid work in the 24 months preceding the date your unemployment began.
    Unemployment benefit can be awarded for between 9 and 38 months, depending on the employee’s age and on the number of years with registered earnings (after the last record as a benefit recipient unemployed).
    It corresponds to 65% of the average daily income received in the previous 12 months, starting from the second month prior to the one in which you became unemployed – but it is never less than the IAS or greater than three times the IAS.
  • You are entitled to the initial social unemployment benefit if, not having reached the minimum period for unemployment benefit granting, you completed 180 days’ paid work in the 12 months preceding the date your unemployment began. This grant is also subsequently awarded to unemployed workers when their unemployment benefit expires.
    In both cases, the benefit is only granted to those whose per capita family income does not exceed 80% of the national IAS.
    Social unemployment benefit can be awarded for the same period, except when it follows the unemployment benefit payment (when it is reduced by half). It may amount to 80% of the IAS, for a single worker, or 100%, if the employee has dependants. This amount will only go up to the average payment received in the previous six months.
    On an exceptional basis, during 2010, SUB can be granted during 6 more months (having into account the particularly difficult economic situation).
    Partial unemployment benefit is granted when you were receiving unemployment benefit and begin a part-time job, in which the wage must not exceed the unemployment benefit you were receiving and your working time must be between 20% and 75% of normal full-time work.
    The payment of partial unemployment benefit begins when the part-time job starts and ends on conclusion of the unemployment benefit you were entitled to initially. It corresponds to the difference between the unemployment benefit the employee was receiving plus 35%, and the payment for the new part-time job.
  • People entitled to unemployment benefit in their own country and have been claiming this for at least 4 weeks, may be eligible to export their benefit to Portugal for up to 3 months. From May 2010 onwards, this period will be extended to 6 months.
    Obtain form E303 (or the equivalent Portable Document, after May 2010) from Italian Social Security Office before coming to Portugal.
    Once in Portugal, take this to the Local Job Centre Office within 7 days of arrival to make a claim for jobseekers allowance.
    These rules will be gradually changed from May 2010 onwards. The exporting period will be extended up until 6 months.
  • IRS is assessed annually. Income declarations relating to the previous year must be submitted from 1st February to 15th March for categories A and H, and from 16th March to 30th April for the other categories. These deadlines are extended up until 15th April and 25th May, respectively, in case you choose to deliver the declaration online.
    A Taxpayer’s Card is required and obtained from the Tax Authorities by presenting a valid identity document, e.g. an identity card or passport. A provisional taxpayer’s number is allocated for the first few months (Provisional Taxpayer Identification Document).
    IRS is levied on the value of the following categories of income:
    Category A – Labour income
    Category B – Income from business and professional services
    Category E – Investment income
    Category F – Property income
    Category G – Income from capital
    Category H – Pensions
    Residents are subject to IRS on income earned anywhere in the world.
    The amount of tax to be paid is determined by a table fixed annually, in accordance with the income amount.
    Income tax rates vary according to the 7 scales of annual income defined, and may range from 10.5% for income below €4.755 to 42% for income in excess of €64.110.
    The personal income tax rates applied in 2009 are those present in the table.
    When higher than Eur 4.755, the annual income amount is taxed split into 2 parts:
    One, equal to the largest of income plafonds fitting in this amount, to which the (B) column rate is applied;
    The other one, equal to the surplus, to which the (A) column tax rate corresponding to the immediately higher income range is applied.
    The following deductions are allowed
    Health expenses
    Education and vocational training expenses
    Housing expenses (purchase or improvements, saving/housing funds)
    Retirement savings plans
    Health insurance plans
    Renewable energy equipments purchase
    Computer purchase
    among others
    The employers retain from the monthly wage the amount corresponding to the application of the respective rate (taking into account the family unit composition, e.g. the worker’s civil status and number of dependents)
  • The following are considered to be tax residents:
    People living in Portugal for more than 183 consecutive or interpolated days (roughly, 6 months)
    People who, having lived in Portugal for less time, on 31st December of the tax year have a place of residence in Portugal which they intend keeping as their regular residence
    The employer must deduct a percentage of the employee's monthly salary (‘tax deduction at source’) depending on his/her marital status and the number of dependants. A proportion of 25% is deducted from the salary of non-residents (please check the Double Taxation International Agreements).
  • If we’re talking about a University degree, please check with NARIC. If we’re talking about professional / vocational qualifications, you should contact the National Reference Point.
  • Of Latin origin, Portuguese is the third most widely spoken European language in the world and is the mother tongue to about 200 million people.
    Countries in which Portuguese is the official language: Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, São Tomé and Príncipe in Africa, Brazil in South America and East Timor in Asia.
    There are also Portuguese-speaking communities in other countries: large communities of recent immigrants exist in Europe (France, Luxembourg and your country), in the Americas (United States, Canada and Venezuela), in Africa (South Africa) and Australia; there are also small groups of people in the erstwhile Asian colonies.
    In Portugal a considerable number of citizens can communicate easily in English, French and Spanish.
    An EU/EEA worker can also contact IEFP and benefit from the “Portugal Acolhe” ["Portugal Welcomes"] Programme: launched in 2001, the Programme is aimed at facilitating the reception and socio-professional integration of immigrants in Portugal, by providing them with basic training on Portuguese Language and Citizenship Rights and Duties.
    If you don’t want to choose this option, either because it takes to long to be accepted or …, several language schools in Portugal already provide Portuguese language courses for foreign citizens.
    Teacher of Portuguese in Milan University: Dulce Correia
    Università degli Studi di Milano Lingue e Letterature Portoghese Piazza San Alessandro, 1 20123 Milano Tel: (+) 39 02 5031 3541 (Dep.); + 39 02 5031 3544 (Gab.) Fax: (+) 39 02 5031 3542 Correio electrónico: mdcorreia@instituto-camoes.pt
  • Houses and flats, for rent or for sale, are usually found in newspaper adds or through licensed real estate agencies.
    In the larger cities, mostly in Lisbon and Oporto, as well as in tourist areas (e.g. the Algarve), accommodation is difficult to find and therefore more expensive.
    Accommodation offered with a job is a very useful bonus, but also very rare. If that is not your case, it is recommended that you look for it before you arrive to Portugal.
    You may start your search on the Internet. There are lots of websites with this kind of information.
    You can check out the “Classificados” section:
    in the most relevant national newspapers: Diário de Notícias, Público, Correio da Manhã or Jornal de Notícias, for major cities;
    in some specialized newspapers in private adds, such as Jornal Ocasião;
    in local newspapers, if you are going to live in smaller cities.
    Sometimes the newspaper adds for rent not belonging to an agency are not for real. ALWAYS ASK if it is necessary to pay to see the apartment; if the answer is yes, it is better not to go.
    You may also use the services of Real Estate Agencies (Agências Imobiliárias), or some associations where you can look for a place to rent.
    Some banks also have a data bank on houses for rent or sale.
    The leasing contracts normally last for a minimum 6 months. In the beginning of the renting contract, it is common to be asked for a 1 to 2 months rent payment in advance, representing the first and the last months rent.
    Usually, the renting price for houses and flats does not include water supply, electricity, telephone and gas expenses. Also most houses and flats are not furnished, although they may have closets and an equipped kitchen. It is very rare to find houses with central heating or air conditioning in Portugal.
    In the main cities, you can also find people who rent rooms to students, and these are usually furnished.
    For short-term accommodation, you can still visit the “Where to stay” section of the Portugal Official Tourism Website or information on Portuguese Youth Hostels network in the Youth Portal.
    Useful websites:
    ERA Portugal www.era.pt
    REMAX Portugal www.remax.pt
    Astrolábio – Sociedade de Mediação Mobiliária, Lda. www.astrolabio.pt
    Lardocelar – Imobiliários e Serviços www.lardocelar.com
    Imoproposta www.imoproposta.pt
    Predidomus – Sociedade de Mediação Imobiliária www.predidomus.pt
    Imokapa www.imokapa.com
    APEMIP – Associação de Profissionais e Empresas de Mediação Imobiliária de Portugal(Portuguese Association of Real Estate Agents and Professionals) www.apemip.pt
    ComprarCasa (APEMI Associates Portal) www.comprarcasa.pt
    INH – Instituto Nacional de Habitação(Housing National Institute) www.inh.pt
    Associação Lisbonense de Proprietários(Lisbon Real Estate Owners Association) www.alp.pt
    BPI Imobiliário www.bpiimobiliario.pt
    REILAR - Sociedade de Mediação Imobiliária, Lda. www.reilar.pt
    Expresso Imobiliário www.expressoimobiliario.clix.pt
    Casa Sapo – Portal Nacional de Imobiliário www.casa.sapo.pt
    ImOcasião www.imocasiao.pt
    Diário de Notícias and Jornal de Notícias Classificados http://classificados.com.pt
    Portugal Official Tourism Website www.visitportugal.com
    Portuguese Youth Hostels network www.juventude.gov.pt/Portal/Lazer/PousadasJuventude/Foreigners/
  • Houses and flats, for rent or for sale, are usually found in newspaper adds or through licensed real estate agencies.
    In the larger cities, mostly in Lisbon and Porto, as well as in tourist areas (e.g. the Algarve), accommodation is difficult to find and therefore more expensive.
    Accommodation offered with a job is a very useful bonus, but also very rare. Maybe a little bit more common in seasonal needs.
    If that is not your case, it is recommended that you look for it before you arrive to Portugal.
    You may start your search on the Internet. There are lots of websites with this kind of information.
    You can check out the “Classificados” section:
    in the most relevant national newspapers: Diário de Notícias, Público, Correio da Manhã or Jornal de Notícias, for major cities;
    in some specialized newspapers in private adds, such as Jornal Ocasião;
    in local newspapers, if you are going to live in smaller cities.
    Sometimes the newspaper adds for rent not belonging to an agency are not for real. ALWAYS ASK if it is necessary to pay to see the apartment; if the answer is yes, it is better not to go.
    You may also use the services of Real Estate Agencies (Agências Imobiliárias), or some associations where you can look for a place to rent.
    Some banks also have a data bank on houses for rent or sale.
    The leasing contracts normally last for a minimum 6 months. In the beginning of the renting contract, it is common to be asked for a 1 to 2 months rent payment in advance, representing the first and the last months rent.
    Usually, the renting price for houses and flats does not include water supply, electricity, telephone and gas expenses. Also most houses and flats are not furnished, although they may have closets and an equipped kitchen. It is very rare to find houses with central heating or air conditioning in Portugal.
    In the main cities, you can also find people who rent rooms to students, and these are usually furnished.
    Short-Term Accommodation
    A network of almost 50 youth hostels and youth centres may be a more economic alternative for a short-term stay in Portugal. However, a membership card (cartão de alberguista) or the European youth card will be required in order for you to have access to the bookings. Both of these cards are valid for a one-year period and can be obtained at one of the following places: youth hostels, IPJ (Portuguese Youth Institute) regional delegations, Movijovem, Ponto Já youth store or Citizen Stores (Lojas do Cidadão). They can also be required online.
    For a more sophisticated accommodation solution, the hotel offer is very diversified in the country, covering reasonably well the whole territory. You can reach most of the hotel chains by entering the Portugal Tourism Official Portal.
  • ERA Portugal www.era.pt
    REMAX Portugal www.remax.pt
    Astrolábio – Sociedade de Mediação Mobiliária, Lda. www.astrolabio.pt
    Lardocelar – Imobiliários e Serviços www.lardocelar.com
    Imoproposta www.imoproposta.pt
    Predidomus – Sociedade de Mediação Imobiliária www.predidomus.pt
    Imokapa www.imokapa.com
    APEMIP – Associação de Profissionais e Empresas de Mediação Imobiliária de Portugal(Portuguese Association of Real Estate Agents and Professionals) www.apemip.pt
    ComprarCasa (APEMI Associates Portal) www.comprarcasa.pt
    INH – Instituto Nacional de Habitação(Housing National Institute) www.inh.pt
    Associação Lisbonense de Proprietários(Lisbon Real Estate Owners Association) www.alp.pt
    BPI Imobiliário www.bpiimobiliario.pt
    REILAR - Sociedade de Mediação Imobiliária, Lda. www.reilar.pt
    Expresso Imobiliário www.expressoimobiliario.clix.pt
    Casa Sapo – Portal Nacional de Imobiliário www.casa.sapo.pt
    ImOcasião www.imocasiao.pt
    Diário de Notícias and Jornal de Notícias Classificados http://classificados.com.pt
    Portugal Official Tourism Website www.visitportugal.com
    Portuguese Youth Hostels network www.juventude.gov.pt/Portal/Lazer/PousadasJuventude/Foreigners/
  • In case of accident, or if you don’t know who to call, dial the National Emergency Services number (112).
    In order to benefit from the NHS, once you have started working you should register with the nearest Health Centre, taking with you:
    a valid ID card document or passport
    social security beneficiary’s card
    a supporting document as proof of residence
    The Health Centre will:
    issue a NHS ID card in your name
    assign you a family doctor
    For each consultation or health care provided, the beneficiary pays a small amount (‘moderating tax’).
    There are also several private and professional health care institutions working in a liberal regime which complement the provision of health care services in Portugal, either privately or through agreements or conventions with the NHS.
  • Reception and Guidance
    No school may refuse to enrol a child, provided it is located in the area in which his or her parents reside and places are still available. If all places have been filled, schools normally try to redirect children to other schools in the same area.
    Children first enrol between the beginning of January and 15 September in the calendar year in which they become 6 years of age, and re-enrol regularly at the end of each school year. Schools will accept enrolment outside these dates on the basis of a written request from the person legally responsible for the child’s education.
    Immigrant children who have already begun school in their country of origin should provide their host school with a document which testifies to their level of attainment (and which should be authenticated by the Portuguese or home country consular or embassy authorities). The same document is required to establish the equivalence of qualifications (Decree-Law 219/97 of 20 August). Children without this school record (or its translation where required) have to go to the Department of Basic Education (DEB) where they take a test to
    determine how much they have learnt.
    Integrating into school learning
    Immigrant pupils are integrated directly into the regular education system. The Order in Council 219/97 of 20 August 1997 which defines the model of equivalences with respect to other education systems, facilitates the immediate integration of migrant pupils into the school system by allowing conditional enrolment so that students can attend school without delay. Furthermore, it envisages teaching support for immigrant children (Article 16) who are integrated into the national educational system via this path:
    1. Candidates who enter the national educational system through the diploma-equivalence process must be allowed to benefit from a teaching support scheme suited to their situation and compatible with the possibilities of the educational establishment.
    2. Teaching support should focus on eliminating difficulties encountered by the student, in particular in mastering the Portuguese language.
    This same Order (Article 16,3) states: ‘For the implementation of the foregoing provisions, the educational establishment shall carry out a diagnostic assessment of the pupil and shall subsequently formulate an individual educational support plan’.
    The teachers of kindergarten and the 1st cycle of primary education are required to promote the learning of spoken language by all children, with special attention to those belonging to social and linguistic minorities; and to encourage pupils of other mother tongues to learn Portuguese as a second language (3).
    In the curriculum for primary education, several points may be noted:
    • The integration of immigrant pupils into schools can be achieved in different educational and learning situations, with an emphasis on a differentiated teaching approach;
    • Particular attention is paid to cooperative activities ‘focusing on integration and the exchange of knowledge’.
    The schools must – pursuant to their autonomous status and in accordance with their educational programme – define, offer, and manage specific measures for the diversification of the curriculum (Order in Council 6/ME/2001 of 18 January 2001).
    Article 8 of the same Order in Council provides for the teaching of Portuguese as a second language: ‘Schools must provide specific curricular activities for teaching Portuguese as a second language to pupils whose mother tongue is not Portuguese’. Consequently, depending on the capacities of the establishment, Portuguese can be given as a second language or be the subject of a specific educational support scheme.
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  • You should invest in the Portuguese language learning, since it is very difficult to get a job in Portugal without the language. In 99% of the companies, English is not accepted as the working language.
  • Opportunities in some areas (IT, tourism, trade, bio agriculture)
    The combination of Portugal’s economic openness, strong ties with the EU and a unique geo-strategic location, make it a natural gateway between the EU and world markets. El país’s ties with the African continent, Brazil and transatlantic link with the USA, provide a cost-effective internationalization base.
    During the past decade, Portugal has invested heavily in modernizing its communications infrastructure: the result is an extensive network of terrestrial, air and maritime route facilities.
    Living in Portugal implies a rare quality of life in a modern society. The country has safe urban centres and suburbs (as compared to other countries in Europe) that promote a freedom impression to anyone living in the Portugal.
  • The level of entrepreneurship is not very high. The initiative to set up a company entails a range of risks and important decisions to take like defining legal status, and it should be noted that the several steps taken to set up a company may be simplified according to the legal status chosen. The enterprise can be carried out by a single person or more. There are around 60 regulated activities that are made available at the Company Portal.
    Although complex, this process has been developing simplified methods:
    Firm Online: Possibility of setting up a company only by resorting to the internet
    Firm on the Spot: Possibility of setting up a company in no more than one hour by delivering all the requested documents in a Business Formality Centre or in a commercial notary.
    Company Stores are the best service to help to formalising companies and licensing requirements
    O nível de empreendedorismo em Portugal não é ainda muito elevado.
    A iniciativa de criar uma empresa comporta um conjunto de riscos a avaliar e decisões importantes a tomar, de entre as quais a definição do estatuto jurídico da empresa - com implicações, em termos de responsabilidade, para o empresário e para o negócio. Os negócios desenvolvidos por uma pessoa podem ter a forma jurídica de “Empresário em Nome Individual”, “Estabelecimento Individual de Responsabilidade Limitada” ou “Sociedade Unipessoal por Quotas”. Os negócios desenvolvidos por mais de uma pessoa podem assumir a forma jurídica de “Sociedade em Nome Colectivo”, “Sociedade por Quotas”, “Sociedade em Comandita”, “Sociedade Anónima” ou “Cooperativa”.
    Este processo tem vindo a ser simplificado, nos últimos anos, tendo sido introduzidos novos meios e processos para a criação de uma empresa: a Empresa Online (possibilidade de criação de uma empresa apenas através da Internet) e a Empresa na Hora (possibilidade de criação de uma empresa em menos de uma hora, entregando a documentação num dos postos de atendimento existentes no país: Lojas da Empresa ou Conservatórias de Registo Comercial).
    Contudo, estas formas simplificadas não estão ainda disponíveis para todas as formas jurídicas de empresa nem em todo o país, pelo que o método tradicional pode ainda ser utilizado. De acordo com este método, os passos básicos são:
    1º pedido de um Certificado de Admissibilidade e do respectivo Cartão Provisório de Identificação de Pessoa Colectiva;
    2º depósito do Capital Social da empresa numa instituição de crédito, numa conta aberta em nome da futura sociedade;
    3º escritura pública num notário (acto facultativo, excepto no caso em que haja transmissão de bens imóveis);
    4º apresentação da declaração de início de actividade numa Repartição de Finanças;
    5º registo da empresa junto da Conservatória do Registo Comercial;
    6º inscrição como contribuinte na Segurança Social.
    Tenha em atenção que os passos a dar no processo de criação da empresa podem ser mais ou menos simplificados, consoante o estatuto jurídico seleccionado.
    De igual modo, deve ter em atenção a legislação que regula a criação de empresas num conjunto significativo de áreas de actividade, obrigando a licenciamento ou à obtenção de um alvará para o seu exercício.
    Nas Lojas da Empresa, pode encontrar apoio integrado no enquadramento da sua actividade, ao nível da formalização de sociedades e dos licenciamentos aplicáveis.
    O Portal da Empresa disponibiliza serviços, informações de apoio e guiões sobre os diversos processos alternativos de constituição do seu negócio.
  • The level of entrepreneurship is not very high. The initiative to set up a company entails a range of risks and important decisions to take like defining legal status, and it should be noted that the several steps taken to set up a company may be simplified according to the legal status chosen. The enterprise can be carried by a single person or more. There are around 60 regulated activities that are made available at the Business Formality Centres’ website.
    Although complex, this process has been developing simplified methods:
    Firm Online: Possibility of setting up a company only by resorting to the internet
    Firm on the Spot: Possibility of setting up a company in no more than one hour by delivering all the requested documents in a Business Formality Centre or in a commercial notary.
    Company Stores are the best service to help to formalising companies and licensing requirements
    The Company Portal provides information and guidelines on the several alternative procedures for starting own business
  • Living and Working in Portugal, presented by EURES

    1. 1. 1 www.iefp.pt/eures EURES Online Jobdays 1st – 2nd December 2010 Want to work in Portugal?
    2. 2. www.iefp.pt/eures Living & Working in Portugal • The Country • Labour Market • Working Conditions • Social Security • Taxation • Recognition of Diplomas and Qualifications • Language • Accommodation • Healthcare • Education • Cost of Living • Looking for a Job • Starting up a Business 2
    3. 3. www.iefp.pt/eures The Country 3
    4. 4. www.iefp.pt/eures The Country Area: 92,412 km2 Territorial organisation: 5 regions in the Mainland, 2 Autonomous regions (Azores & Madeira archipelagos) Capital: Lisboa (Lisbon) Population: 10.647.300 (4th Q 2009) Active Population: 5.573.000 (3rd Q 2010) Unemployment Rate: 11% (October 2010) Currency: Euro GDP Growth Rate: -2,7% (2009) Per capita GDP (PPS): 79% EU27 avg (2009) Minimum Wage: 475,00 Eur/month (2010) Inflation Rate: -0,9% (2009) 4
    5. 5. www.iefp.pt/eures The Labour Market 5
    6. 6. www.iefp.pt/eures Labour Market Portuguese Economy • Based in traditional industries - textiles, clothing, footwear, cork and wood products, beverages (wine), ceramics, glass and glassware, fish canning, metal working, oil refining and chemicals; • A world-class mould-making industry • Changing its role in Europe’s automotive sector, IT and renewable energies 6
    7. 7. www.iefp.pt/eures • Agriculture is a small part of the economy • B2B Market: growth oriented sectors are construction & public works, environment, medical equipment, information technology, communications and transportation • B2C Market: the major visible trend in the last few years has been the increase of hypermarkets, large retailers & shopping malls Labour Market Portuguese Economy 7
    8. 8. www.iefp.pt/eures • Tourism is the driving force of the economy and the labour market • Trying to develop a more qualified cultural and rustic rather than “only sun & beach” tourism in order to attract tourists • New touristic offers: organisation of events, adventure and nature, cultural, rural, residential and SPA tourism Labour Market Portuguese Economy 8
    9. 9. www.iefp.pt/eures • Graduates in Economics, Management & other Business Sciences (including Accountancy, Marketing and Advertising) • Graduates in Languages & other Communication Sciences • Teachers (mostly Secondary School Teachers) • Social Workers & Psychologists • Other graduates in Social & Human Sciences: Sociologists, Lawyers, Historians, etc. Labour Market Graduate Surpluses 9
    10. 10. www.iefp.pt/eures • Recreation, Leisure & Tourism Animators • Travel Consultants & Organisers • Receptionists & Information Clerks • Engineers (Civil, Chemical, Electro, Agronomy, Environmental, IT, Mechanical,…) & Architects • IT Analysts, Programmers & Assistants • Nurses & several Life Science Technicians • Sales Managers & Representatives Labour Market Graduate Surpluses (cont.) 10
    11. 11. www.iefp.pt/eures • Tourism & HORECA  Waiters & Bartenders, Cook Assistants, Bakers & Pastry Cooks • Construction & Public Works  Bricklayers & Stonemasons, Public Works Construction & Maintenance Workers, Carpenters, Painters, Plumbers, others • Textile Industry  Sewers, weaving and knitting machine operators, others • Other Manufacturing Industries  Welders & Flamecutters, Assemblers & other Production Clerks Labour Market Less Qualified Surpluses 11
    12. 12. www.iefp.pt/eures Labour Market Less Qualified Surpluses (cont.) • Cleaning  Domestic cleaners & helpers; Cleaning staff in hotels, offices & other establishments • Personal Service  Childminders & Personal Care Workers • Shopping / Commercial  Shop Assistants, Stall & Market Demonstrators, Cashiers; Stock & Warehouse Clerks • Transport  Truck & Lorry Drivers; Taxi Drivers 12
    13. 13. www.iefp.pt/eures • Health Sector  Medical Doctors, mostly in some expert specialties • ICT’s (Information & Communication Technologies)  IT Engineers, with very specific profiles and skills • Services  Specialized Contact Centres, Shared Service Centres Labour Market Permanent Shortages 13
    14. 14. www.iefp.pt/eures • Hotels & Restaurants  Bartenders  Waiters/Waitresses  Recepcionists • Agriculture  Fruit picking: grapes, pears, strawberries Labour Market Seasonal Shortages 14
    15. 15. www.iefp.pt/eures The Working Conditions 15
    16. 16. www.iefp.pt/eures Working Conditions Average Monthly Earnings (October 2009) Eur 1.101,9 Professional Level (Apr. 2009)  Managers/Directors 2.957,8  Employees 964,2  Labourers 650,2  Apprentices 500,8 Gender  Male 1.215,0  Female 948,9 Activity Areas  Manufacturing 965,7  Construction 965,4  Sales & Repair Services 1.032,5  Hotels & Restaurants 737,5  Transports & Communications 1.566,8  Financial Activities 2.299,1  Health Care & Social Work 845,4  Administr. & Support Services 949,0  Education 1.256,4 Source: GEP-MTSS16
    17. 17. www.iefp.pt/eures Working Conditions Relevant Info • Holiday & Christmas subsidies total 14 earning months per year • Lisbon has the highest wage level in Portugal, due to concentration of higher paying activities • Normal working period cannot exceed 40 hours weekly (avg. is 39 hours, 5 working days) • Holiday duration: in general, 22+3 useful days as a base (or 2 days per complete month of work in short-term contracts) • Fixed term contract maximum duration: 3 years (incl. 2 renewals max. during the period); mandatory to be in writing • Day limit for supplementary work: 2 hours Further info: www.act.gov.pt 17
    18. 18. www.iefp.pt/eures Working Conditions Temporary Work • Increasing in Portugal (around 250 TWA’s) • Only TWA’s licensed by the Public Employment Service (IEFP, I.P.) are authorised to perform the activity (assigning workers to other companies) • For information on licensed TWA’s, please visit: www.iefp.pt > Soluções para Entidades > Empresas Trabalho Temporário regulamentadas 18
    19. 19. www.iefp.pt/eures The Social Security 19
    20. 20. www.iefp.pt/eures Social Security Deductions • Social Security contributions of 11% deducted from gross monthly earnings • Employers contribute a further 23,75% • The employer is responsible for making the contribution for each worker, corresponding to the overall rate of 34,75% of his/her gross monthly earnings, at the District Social Security Centre (or online) • For the self-employed, contribution rate is calculated on the basis of declared wage:  25,4% (compulsory protection scheme)  32% (wider protection scheme) Further info: www.seg-social.pt 20
    21. 21. www.iefp.pt/eures Social Security Unemployment Benefits Unemployment benefit (UB)Unemployment benefit (UB) • due to workers with minimum 450 days of paid work and a record of contributions in the 24 months preceding the date of unemployment • duration depends on the benefit recipient’s age and on the number of years with registered earnings (after last record as unemployed benefit recipient): minimum 12 months and maximum 38 months • 65% of the reference wage (max. limit 3 x IAS* per month) * IAS (Indexante dos Apoios Sociais): Social Supports Index; equal to €419,22 in 2010 (amount revised every year) 21
    22. 22. www.iefp.pt/eures Social unemployment benefit (SUB)Social unemployment benefit (SUB) • paid to workers with min. 180 days worked and a record of contributions in the 12 months preceding the date of unemployment, and whose family per capita income is lower than 80% the IAS • duration identical to UB, except when following the UB payment (in which case it is reduced to half) • Equal to IAS for benefit recipients with a family; to 80% of the IAS for single benefit recipients Partial unemployment benefit (PUB)Partial unemployment benefit (PUB) • paid when workers receiving an unemployment benefit sign a part-time work contract, with a wage lower than the amount of the UB • differential between the wage and the UB due to the worker Social Security Unemployment Benefits 22
    23. 23. www.iefp.pt/eures Rules for unemployment benefit exportRules for unemployment benefit export If receiving an UB in country X and wanting to look for a job in Portugal, you may request that it is exported to Portugal for up until 3 months, since you comply to the following rules: • to remain available for work for a minimum period of 4 weeks in the Job Centre • to inform the Social Security in country X of your intention to look for a job in Portugal • to bring the U2 form obtained from the Social Security in Country X • to register as a jobseeker in the PES in Portugal (IEFP Job Centres) at max. 7 days after departure from Country X • to comply to procedures applicable in Portugal regarding active job search Social Security Unemployment Benefits 23
    24. 24. www.iefp.pt/eures The Tax System 24
    25. 25. www.iefp.pt/eures Taxes Personal Income Tax (IRS) Rates (%) Annual Income Amount (Eur) Normal Rate (A) Avg. Rate (B) Up to 4.755 10,5 10,5000 4.755 to 7.192 13,0 11,3471 7.192 to 17.836 23,5 18,5986 17.836 to 41.021 34,0 27,3037 41.021 to 59.450 36,5 30,1545 59.450 to 64.110 40,0 30,8701 More than 64.110 42,0 25
    26. 26. www.iefp.pt/eures Taxes Principles to avoid double taxation • IRS is paid on the annual amount of income received by people living in Portugal • In case of non-residents, it is paid exclusively on income received in Portugal • Employers will retain 25% of the income due to non-resident employees • To avoid double taxation, Portugal has tax agreements with the other EEA member states (and Switzerland) Further info: www.portaldasfinancas.gov.pt 26
    27. 27. www.iefp.pt/eures The Recognition of Diplomas and Qualifications 27
    28. 28. www.iefp.pt/eures Recognition of Diplomas and Qualifications In Portugal, access to certain occupational activities is conditioned by the possession of diplomas, certificates or other degrees. The recognition schemes are not, in most occupational activities, automatic. Requests for recognition should be addressed at the competent authority in Portugal. Further info: NARIC - National Academic Recognition Information Centres www.naricportugal.pt PNRQ - National Reference Point for Vocational Qualifications http://portal.iefp.pt/pnrq/index.html 28
    29. 29. www.iefp.pt/eures The Language 29
    30. 30. www.iefp.pt/eures Language Although many Portuguese people speak English, French or Spanish, most employers will require at least a basic knowledge of Portuguese: Portuguese e-learning tools: • Camões Virtual Centre: http://cvc.instituto-camoes.pt/ • Easy Portuguese: www.easyportuguese.com Portuguese language teacher (Camões Institute): in several Universities in Europe: http://www.instituto-camoes.pt/rdic-europa/index.html In Portugal: • “Portugal Acolhe” (“Portugal Welcomes”) Programme • Search by “Português para Estrangeiros” in Yellow Pages (www.pai.pt) 30
    31. 31. www.iefp.pt/eures The Accommodation 31
    32. 32. www.iefp.pt/eures Accommodation Looking for a place to stay • Housing in the largest cities (Lisboa, Porto) and in touristic areas (Algarve) may be difficult to find and very expensive • The renting price for houses and flats does not include water supply, electricity, telephone and gas expenses; usually it does not include furniture either • Still not very common to find houses with central heating or air conditioning • Leasing contracts normally last for a minimum 6 months • It is common to be asked for a 1 to 2 months rent payment in advance • In the University cities, there are also people who rent rooms to students (already furnished) 32
    33. 33. www.iefp.pt/eures • Accommodation offered with a job is rare in Portugal • Average rental of a 1 bedroom appt. Eur 500, 2 bedroom appt. Eur 700 (more expensive in Lisbon) • Arrange for temporary accommodation before you leave:  Portugal Official Tourism website www.visitportugal.com > Where to stay (EN)  Portuguese Youth Hostels network www.pousadasjuventude.pt • Most newspapers (“Classificados” sections) and real estate agencies are already on the Internet… Accommodation Looking for a place to stay 33
    34. 34. www.iefp.pt/eures Accommodation Looking for a place to stay most useful websites • Portal da Habitação www.portaldahabitacao.pt • ComprarCasa (APEMIP Associates Portal) www.comprarcasa.pt • ERA Portugal www.era.pt • REMAX Portugal www.remax.pt • Lardocelar – Imobiliários e Serviços www.lardocelar.com • Imoproposta www.imoproposta.pt • BPI Expresso Imobiliário http://clix.bpiexpressoimobiliario.pt • Casa Sapo – Portal Nacional de Imobiliário www.casa.sapo.pt Further links: please check at the EURES Portal > L&W section 34
    35. 35. www.iefp.pt/eures The Health Care System 35
    36. 36. www.iefp.pt/eures Health Care National Emergency Services: 112112 • Medical services from the NHS (National Health System) are free to EEA citizens working or looking for work in Portugal • When travelling to Portugal, don’t forget your European Health Insurance CardEuropean Health Insurance Card • Once you start working, and after being registered in Portuguese Social Security, register with the nearest Health Centre • Health CentresHealth Centres: general practice/family medicine, public health care, nursing, vaccination and some diagnostic exams • Public HospitalsPublic Hospitals: external specialist consultations, hospitalization and emergency services Further info: www.portaldasaude.ptwww.portaldasaude.pt oror www.dgs.ptwww.dgs.pt 36
    37. 37. www.iefp.pt/eures Education Educational System Pre-School Education Pre-School Education Basic EducationBasic Education Secondary Education Secondary Education Higher EducationHigher EducationPost- Secondary Education Post- Secondary Education Ages Schooling Years 1st cycle1st cycle 2nd cycle2nd cycle 3rd cycle3rd cycle 3 4 5 kindergartenkindergarten Courses: Scientific-Humanistic Technological Specialised Artistic Professional Courses: Scientific-Humanistic Technological Specialised Artistic Professional 6 9 10 11 12 14 15 Technological Specialisation Courses Technological Specialisation Courses 1st, 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 17 18 19 1st 2nd 18 … 1st 2nd 3rd GraduateGraduate 20 Compulsory Education MasterMaster DoctorDoctor 21 22 1st 2nd University EducationUniversity Education Polytechnics Education Polytechnics Education GraduateGraduate MasterMaster … 37
    38. 38. www.iefp.pt/eures • No school may refuse to enrol a child, independently of his or her nationality, provided it is located in the area in which his or her parents reside and places are still available • Pupils from kindergarten to the 9th grade registered in the public education system whose mother tongue is not Portuguese may benefit from support measures: they will attend Portuguese lessons along with others but may receive extra tuition in the language if necessary • There are also some International Schools in Greater Lisbon as well as in the Algarve Further info on the education and training systems: http://portal.iefp.pt/pnrq/index.html Education Educational System 38
    39. 39. www.iefp.pt/eures The Cost of Living 39
    40. 40. www.iefp.pt/eures Cost of Living Food and Beverages • Milk (1 lt) € 0,47 – 0,99 • Bread (1 kg) € 1,65 – 4,10 • Pork Meat (1 kg) € 2,98 – 4,50 • Beef (1 kg) € 12,48 – 19,97 • Eggs (6 units) € 0,59 – 1,09 • Codfish (1 kg) € 7,29 – 19,98 • Oranges (1 kg) € 0,79 – 1,29 • Apples (1 kg) € 0,64 – 1,69 • Beer (1 lt) € 1,39 – 3,54 • Bottle of Wine (0,75 lt) € 1,59 – 8,69 • Coke (1 lt) € 0,89 – 0,95 40
    41. 41. www.iefp.pt/eures Cost of Living Accommodation (apt. Rents, €) LisbonLisbon OportoOporto T2 Apartment 350 - 1100 450 – 700 T3 Apartment 750 – 2000 600 – 900 Studio (T0) 250 - 900 300 - 500 41
    42. 42. www.iefp.pt/eures Cost of Living Transports • 1 single bus ticket (Lisbon) € 1,40 (bought on board) • 1 single underground ticket (Lisbon) € 0,80 • Monthly Travel Card (Lisbon Area) € 28,10 – 59,80 • Gas 95 octanes (1 lt) € 1,238 - 1,289 • Train 2nd class from Lisbon to Oporto (return ticket) € 20,00 – 28,50 • Coach from Lisbon to Oporto (return ticket) € 31,50 42
    43. 43. www.iefp.pt/eures Cost of Living Leisure • 1 cup of coffee (‘bica’) € 0,50 - 0,80 • 1 cinema ticket € 5,50 – 6,00 • 1 theatre ticket € 10,00 – 30,00 • 1 McMenu (McDonalds) € 4,25 • 1 DVD € 19,00 – 25,00 • 1 meal in a café / snack bar € 6,00 – 8,00 • 1 meal in a restaurant (2nd class) € 10,00 – 25,00 • Packet of 20 cigarettes € 3,10 – 3,95 • 1 daily newspaper € 0,80 – 1,20 43
    44. 44. www.iefp.pt/eures Looking for a Job 44
    45. 45. www.iefp.pt/eures Looking for a Job Job Search Strategies • Invest in the Portuguese language learning • Contact the EURES Advisers network in your country • Visit www.eures.europa.eu for info on job vacancies and living and working conditions in Portugal • Place your CV on the EURES portal – or, if you have enough knowledge of Portuguese, on www.netemprego.pt • Search for job opportunities in several on-line job banks (see UsefulUseful ContactsContacts document) 45
    46. 46. www.iefp.pt/eures Looking for a Job Applying for a Job • Portuguese Resumé (e.g. in Europass CV model – include photo) and Motivation Letter • Other Europass tools (Language, IT Skills, Diploma/Certificate Supplements) may be an added value • Collect all documents in evidence of your relevant professional experience and education/training diplomas and certificates – take them with you for an Interview (in Portuguese, if required – or, at least, in English) • Take previous employers’ references with you 46
    47. 47. www.iefp.pt/eures Looking for a Job When in Portugal... Register yourselfRegister yourself: • in a Job Centre (“Centro de Emprego”) • on www.netemprego.pt (Contact Centre in Portugal: 808 200 670808 200 670) You can alsoYou can also: • check for ads in newspapers • check online job banks • apply for a job at TWA’s, if you’re willing to accept a temporary job (make sure it is authorised to operate) 47
    48. 48. www.iefp.pt/eures 3 in the national Coordination 10 at the regional level (2 in the Autonomous Regions - Azores and Madeira) 12 in Local Units (in Job Centres) 25 EURES Advisers Looking for a Job EURES Advisers in Portugal 48
    49. 49. www.iefp.pt/eures • I have a valid Identity Card or Passport • I have a copy of the labour contract or written document confirming the provided work terms and conditions, and I completely understand them • I have documents proving my professional experience, training/education degrees and professional certificates • I know the wage payment method and frequency • I can guarantee accommodation in the area where I’m going to work • I have the European Health Insurance Card • I have enough money to remain in Portugal until I get my 1st wage payment or to return to Poland in case of need Looking for a Job Checklist (before leaving) 49
    50. 50. www.iefp.pt/eures • Previously check situation in the labour market in Portugal, through the Internet (e.g. EURES Portal or online newspapers) and/or getting in touch with Portuguese EURES Advisers • Make sure that you have the adequate Portuguese language level to the job and, in case of need, improve it in due time • Take previous employers’ references with you • Take out travel insurance • Contact Social Security in Country X for more information on the Portuguese social protection system • Contact NRP, NARIC or a EURES Adviser for further info on the recognition of your qualifications and skills in Portugal Looking for a Job Other Advices 50
    51. 51. www.iefp.pt/eures Starting up your own Business 51
    52. 52. www.iefp.pt/eures • Investment opportunities IT & new technologies, tourism, trade, bioagriculture,… • Strategic access to markets • Modern road & communication infrastructures • Quality of life and nice working environment Starting up a business Portuguese added value 52
    53. 53. www.iefp.pt/eures53 What to think about?What to think about? • Juridical statute • Simplified procedure or traditional method? • Activities requiring previous licensing Further Info: please visit the EURES Portal > L&W section Starting up a business Basic Procedures
    54. 54. www.iefp.pt/eures • Company Portal www.portaldaempresa.pt • Firm On-Line www.portaldaempresa.pt/CVE/pt/EOL • Firm on the Spot www.empresanahora.mj.pt • Company Stores www.portaldaempresa.pt/CVE/pt/LojaEmpresa/ • Enterprise Europe Network in Portugal www.enterpriseeuropenetwork.pt • AICEP (Portuguese Agency for Investment and External Trade) www.investinportugal.pt • IAPMEI (Institute of Support to SME’s) www.iapmei.pt Starting up a business Useful Links 54
    55. 55. www.iefp.pt/eures Further info Please contact a Portuguese EURES Adviser or visit: Website: www.iefp.pt/eures E-mail: eures-jobseeker@iefp.pt 55
    56. 56. www.iefp.pt/eures Welcome to Portugal!Welcome to Portugal! 56

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