Work in Bulgaria

Getting a job and working in Bulgaria is one of the reasons why one might want to acquire a residence permit in Europe (an example of this would be a residence permit in Latvia). Working in Bulgaria also allows you to enjoy all the benefits of residing in the EU, such as freedom of moving in the Schengen area, the chance to be employed and do business in the member-states with fewer requirement, as well as travel to European destinations without the need for a visa (with some exceptions).


As of now, there are approximately 19 727 vacancies available in Bulgaria. That is 0.9% of all the job positions, both occupied and vacant, in the country.

Wages and expenses

In Bulgaria the minimum wage is EUR 286.33, while the average salary is EUR 640.

A single person in Bulgaria spends an average of EUR 447 per month, not including rent.

Wage distribution

The wages in Bulgaria differ based on several factors, such as the industry and gender of an employee:

Wage distirbution by gender and insustry in Bulgaria (in EUR)
Mining and quarrying408357
Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply499350
Water supply; sewerage, waste management and remediation activities877781
Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles390432
Transportation and storage508378
Accommodation and food service activities447432
Information and communication323264
Financial and insurance activities1339922
Real estate activities1095743
Professional, scientific and technical activities507409
Administrative and support service activities820605
Public administration and defence; compulsory social security363426
Human health and social work activities536440
Arts, entertainment and recreation719443
Other service activities494336


The standard workweek in Bulgaria is 8 hours a day or 40 hours a week.

Trade unions

Trade unions are organizations that protect the rights of workers, and help them settle potential disputes with employers. In Bulgaria, an employee may use the support pf the following unions:

  • Confederation of Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria/Конфедерация на независимите синдикати в България
  • Confederation of Labour Podkrepa/Конфедерация на труда „Подкрепа”

Useful resources

If you are planning to work in Bulgaria, it is useful to know the following information and contacts of organizations.

Workers rights

If you believe your rights have been violated or would like to have a consultation regarding said rights, you can contact Confederation of Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria/Конфедерация на независимите синдикати в България.

Looking for work

If you would like to take a look at Bulgaria's job market, please, consider visiting the following resources:

Work permit services

If you are interested in working in Bulgaria, you need to obtain a work permit and a residence permit (which in some cases are obtained simultaneously). For this you can use the help of our legal team - we provide consultations, find the best solutions to your unique case and deliver legal assisstance of all kinds. So contact us by using the form on the upper right side of the page, and start a journey to your dream job in Bulgaria.