Posted by: Orekh Schriftsteller | December 30, 2009

Where to look for Jobs in the Dominican Republic

Where to look for a job in Dominican Republic

 There are several places to look for a job in the Dominican Republic . However, wages are low compared to Europe and the US. To get you started, we have gathered some resources.

Multinationals and International Organizations
If working for in a Dominican Republic company wage is not what you are looking for, it is best you contact multinationals that have operations in the Dominican Republic. There is a large difference in the salary you will earn if you are contracted in the Dominican Republic directly or sent to work there from abroad.

You can also opt for working for an NGO. the Dominican Republic hosts several NGOs and aid agencies active in fields ranging from agriculture, micro-credits, health, education and environment. If you are looking for new experiences, consider getting in contact with them to see if they have any opportunities. The department of Foreign Affairs of your home country might supply you with a list of NGO’s from your country.

Newspapers & Magazines
In newspapers like El Listin Diario,  Hoy, El Nacional  and Diario Libre , jobs are posted in the classifieds sections. Some of these classifieds are both published in the newspaper and made available online. Jobs in the Dominican Republic are not only found in the  Dominican Republic media. Foreign newspapers like The New York Post,  Miami Herald  (USA) , El pais (Spain) Le Monde and Le Figaro (France) and Frankfurter Algemeine Zeitung (Germany) sometimes carry job openings for the Dominican Republic.

Several online recruitment agencies are active in the Dominican Republic, for example . Online recruitment sites allow you to search the database and post your resume.

Speculative applications
Speculative applications by mail and Internet are common practice in the Dominican Republic. Before writing a letter, try and find who is responsible for applications in the target company as this will mean that it gets in front of the right person directly and will have a better chance of being properly considered. This method can be successful especially when looking for student internships or when applying for a job as a teacher in a language school. Bear in mind though that most internships will not be paid.

Chambers of Commerce
National Chambers of Commerce in the Dominican Republic  like the Dominican-American, or the UE Chamber, often provide lists with companies from the home country that are active in the Dominican Republic. With these lists you can start sending speculative applications.  The Dominican Republic  chamber of commerce run a service which receives applications and makes them available to companies looking for foreign workers as way to boost and improve  cross cultural relations with  foreign countries.

the American Chamber of Commerce,544-2222 (located on the fourth floor of the BHD Tower on Calle Luís F. Thomen.  For a complete listing of the European chambers of commerce, contact the Federación Dominicana de Cámaras de Comercio through the chamber of commerce of Santo Domingo, Calle Arz. Nouel 206, Tel. 682-2688 533-2854.

Recruitment Offices/ Employment Offices
Some of these offices are specialised in recruitment for short-term employment. Many of the recruitment offices are internationally known companies such as Adecco and Manpower. Depending on your profile, you will probably not want to rely on an agency and have a better chance when taking a more proactive approach by contacting companies directly.

Employment agencies

There are a number of employment agencies in the city. Most require you to bring your resume or CV, along with a 2″ x 2″ photograph. You will not usually have to pay anything because most of the agencies charge the companies for referrals. 

The larger ones are: 
G.A. Tavares y Asociados. Calle Recodo No. 1, Edificio Monte Mirador. Tel. 535-5808, 535-4886. This company works with executive, management and secretarial positions. They receive numerous requests for bilingual staff, but some are also suitable for people who do not speak Spanish. Email:

Centro de Evaluación, Selección y Ubicación de Recursos Humanos. Av. 27 de Febrero No. 265, Tel. 567-3184, Fax 565-8383. This company finds work for everyone from messengers to executives, although secretarial positions are the most common. A work permit or proof of residency is required, and all applicants should know Spanish. 
Psicología Industrial Dominicana, S.A. Calle 1, No. 27, Rocamar (off Av. Prolongación Independencia), Tel. 533-7141. This agency does considerable work with the Free Trade Zones: personnel managers, industrial engineers and bilingual secretaries are some of the positions with the greatest demand. The agency has found work for persons who do not speak Spanish.

Language Schools
Language schools sometimes offer the opportunity of voluntary work or internships for foreigners. The language school charges a fee for this intermediary service.

There are many immediate opportunities. For instance, the Instituto Cultural Dominico-Americano, Tel. 533-4191, is always looking for English teachers. Ditto for APEC’s English Department, Tel. 686-0021. English Speaking Specialists, Tel. 547-7375, is an agency providing English teachers. It pays higher rates than the ICDA and provides all of the necessary materials. Look up language schools in the telephone book. Almost all of them will welcome you with open arms (if not pocketbooks) if you are a native, or a very good English speaker. 
Most of the primary or secondary bilingual or English-language schools need substitute teachers. A teaching certificate is not always required  if you have a university degree or its equivalent. 

Check the telephone directory, ask parents  or look around your neighborhood to see if there are any nursery schools nearby. Many do not require advanced degrees. 
If you are fluent in Spanish, there is always a demand for translators, particularly from Spanish into your native tongue. In addition, many individuals and organizations want someone to check their translated materials—a possibility even if you do not know Spanish. These jobs are primarily available through personal contacts, although you could try advertising your services as well. 

The Ministry of Tourism offers a course (in Spanish) which, if you pass, qualifies you to be a tour guide. It takes place in the evenings, from 6 to 8 pm  over a period of three months. You must have residence permit—or be a Dominican national—to attend. For more information on the 1998 courses, call 689-3657. Once you have your tour guide card, many agencies can make use of your services, including Prieto Tours, 685-0102 (Attn. Ramon Prieto) and Turinter, 686-4020. 
What deductions will be made from my paycheck?

If you earn less than RD$4,004 a month, 2.5% will be deducted from the salary of workers for the Dominican Institute of Social Security regardless of whether you use the modest medical services or not. The company has to pay an additional 7%. If you earn more, the company has to request from the IDSS that you be exempted from payment of this deduction. 
You may have to contribute to your medical insurance or life insurance, depending on the policies of your employer. Some additional benefits are also taxable. 
Anything above RD$7,560 per month will be taxed at a rate of 15%; if you earn RD$10,000 per month for example, your employer will deduct 15% tax on RD$2,440 of your income. 
The Direccion General de Impuestos Internos reviews the tax exemption levels every year. For 1998, salaries up to RD$90,720 a year are exempt from taxes. Again, this means monthly income of up to RD$7,560 does not pay income taxes. Those making from RD$90,720.01 to RD$151,200.00 will pay a 15% tax on the difference. Income from RD$151,200.01 to RD$226,800 pays RD$9,072 plus 20% of the surplus of RD$151,200. Income in excess of RD$226,800.01 pays RD$24,192 plus 25% of the difference. 
There are other tables for contractors, service providers. For instance, publishing companies deduct 10% income tax from checks paid to free lance writers. 

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