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Work in Mauritius: Licence to thrive

Mauritius combines a picturesque tropical setting with modern infrastructure and lifestyle. There are plenty of opportunities for foreigners who want to live and work or invest in the country. Here’s your guide on how to work in Mauritius.

Booming services and steady 3.5%+ GDP growth

Strong growth in the services sectors has led to increasing demand for various kinds of expertise, hence creating opportunities for foreigners with suitable technical skills or investment projects. Those who have obtained a residence permit through the purchase of property valued at a minimum of USD 500,000 under the PDS/SCS regime can also apply for a work permit.

Tourism, financial and IT services, as well as value-added manufacturing and agro-industries, have long surpassed sugar production as the mainstay of the national economy. The country’s annual GDP growth rate has been hovering around the 3.5-4% mark for the past decade. Mauritius is also a vibrant democracy with very low crime rates, world-class healthcare and education systems as well as top rankings in Africa on social development and corruption indices.

International languages and favourable tax regime

English and French are the main international languages spoken by most of the country’s 1.3 million inhabitants as well as in business and government services. It is therefore easy for foreigners speaking these languages to get involved in various sectors.

The best opportunities in Mauritius lie in finance, IT, engineering, tourism, leisure, healthcare, training and real estate to fill management and technical expertise positions – with a flat tax rate of 15%. Most of the foreigners in senior positions are from Europe, Asia and Africa.