Working in Cambodia as Foreigner

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One of the top Southeast Asian countries that you should work in as a foreigner is Cambodia. It’s a developing country with stable economic growth over the past years, marking it as one of the fastest growing economies in the world. There are numerous job opportunities for you here, attractive salary range, and great benefits to make your work experience unforgettable and worthwhile.

Learn everything that you need to know about working here, from work details to the job market, continue reading below.

Top job industries

Career opportunities await for you here in Cambodia. Whether you’re looking for work in the private sector, public sector, or even in volunteer organizations, you can find a job that suits you. Here are some of the top industries you can look at to find the career for you:

Private company

Whether you’re looking to start your own business or work in the private sector, it’s quite easy to find work and climb up the corporate ladder. Sharing your career experience and the insights you have will prove valuable in whatever job you apply for. You can be in the Cambodia real estate sector where there are numerous jobs from being a real estate broker to property management. 

Other careers like being a stockbroker, financial adviser, art industry and more! Just search the job listings and you can find the right work for you in the private sector.


If you would rather be teaching than climbing up the corporate world, then it’s best for you to find work in the education industry. Finding work on subjects you have a mastery of like the ins and outs of the English language is a good start. This is because there are a lot of jobs to teach English in the country although you would need to have a university degree first.

Some academic institutions don’t require a degree but most of them do, including the following qualifications:

  • TEFL → English as a Foreign Language certification
  • CELTA → Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults

There’s a possibility TEFL/CELTA qualifications are ignored if you have the relevant experience as an educator. 

Development industry

If you’re looking to work alongside professionals who seek to improve various problematic sectors, then finding a career in the development industry is a good move. There are a number of global and non-government organizations in Cambodia that will allow you to help.

Tourism and hospitality

Cambodia is a one of the popular Southeast Asian countries to tourists because of the inherent beauty of the country. From a number of historic architectures to bountiful forests, there is a lot to see, which makes the tourism and hospitality sector of the country strong. While it slowed down for a bit due to the pandemic, there are various job opportunities in this sector like hotel management and more!

Things you need to consider

To ensure you are prepared before finding a job in Cambodia or even prior to you starting your work, there are a couple of things you need to have and factors to consider as an expat. Here are some of them:

Work permit

Getting a work permit is the first thing you need to do after you’re hired, especially if you live outside of the country. Since there are now strict regulations to enter Cambodia due to the pandemic, you need to secure a work permit and an employment card from the Ministry of Labour. You can get the card and permit before arriving or at the airport. Besides this, make sure to check other requirements you would need to start work here.

Work contract

Once you find work, your new employer will give you a work contract which you need to thoroughly review. This is because there are two types of contract in Cambodia as seen below:

  • Fixed duration contract

This covers only up to two years of continuous employment and includes termination date in the contract. Once the date ends, the employer can simply decide not to continue your employment and does not need to provide a reason to terminate it.

  • Unspecified duration contract

An unspecified duration contract secures your position as employee wherein there’s no specific time that your contract ends. Additionally, the employer would have to provide a valid reason to terminate your contract.


As an employee, you need to take a break once in a while from work. This means you have to consider the following leaves you have when you’re hired:

  • Sick leave

Companies in Cambodia are urged to have their own policies regarding sick leaves so make sure to ask for the organization’s leave policies. On the other hand, if you have to take a long sick leave, companies are obligated to allow an employee to retain their position for at least six months. If the employee’s situation doesn’t improve after six months have passed, companies can terminate the employee.

  • Holiday leave

Every full-time employee in Cambodia is granted 18 days of annual leave. One more leave credit is added for every three years of uninterrupted service.

Work hours

Full time employees in Cambodia are only required to work a maximum of eight hours per day and only up to 48 hours per week.If you’re working less than 48 hours per week, then you’re a part-time employee.


All employee overtime is voluntary and are paid a rate of 150% for work at night and 200% if they worked on weekends. However, employees are only allowed to work 2 hours more per day or a maximum of 54 hours per week.

Social security

As an expat, you don’t need to worry about monthly social security contributions since employers are required to register their employees. Contributions are also deducted and paid monthly, following a standard of 0.8% of your monthly salary before tax deductions.

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