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Working at Iceland

Looking for options for working in Iceland? 

This guide contains everything you need to know when looking for a job in Iceland. You’ll find facts, tips and resources, as well as information on how to apply for a residence permit.

 We also share our own experience when we moved here and started working.

How do I apply for a job at Iceland?

It’s not complicated to work for Iceland, just follow the different steps we suggest.

Step 1: Go to the company’s website

To start applying for a job at Iceland, simply click on the following link:

The image above shows you the interface of their website perfectly. Take the time to browse through it to find out more about what they do. This will give you a lot more insight into the company and therefore empower you to search for the viable and financially rewarding job.

Step 2: Start your job search

At this stage you should come here:

As the image shows, you have to click on «select a role» to choose between two options: work or learning. Here is the image:

And after that, you have to come and select the job you are looking for:

Once you have chosen what you want, simply click on : »Search and Apply».

Step 3: Discover the list of jobs available on the site

Once you have completed the previous step, you can find out what jobs are available in your chosen field:

Just below this image, try to fill in all the information required by the platform. By the way, here is an idea of the positions Iceland offers:

Choose the job you are interested in and continue your application by following the wizard. Alternatively, if you are not happy with the jobs in Iceland, you can check our top listings of supermarkets that are hiring.

 Iceland is located in the far northwest corner of Europe, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean and comprises a large island (the 18th largest in the world and the second largest in Europe) along with other small, adjacent islands. This is a country with many volcanoes and geological activity.

 The country is noted for its welfare state, where higher education and universal health care are free for all citizens. In 2009, Iceland was ranked by the UN as the third most developed country in the world.

 Today, Iceland is a developed and technologically advanced society with a culture based on Nordic heritage. Among the main attractions found in Iceland, it stands out for its geography full of rivers, lakes, glaciers, fjords, volcanoes with high geological activity, earthquakes, geysers, aurora borealis, as well as deserts and mountains.

 The capital, Reykjavik, is the main hub of a sparsely populated tourist destination.

 Iceland’s population is one of the youngest in Europe with an average age of around 36 years and 74% of the population is under 50 years old. The Icelandic labor market is characterized by a high employment rate (approximately 84 % of all able-bodied people in the age group 16-74 years).

The most important sectors in Iceland are manufacturing industries such as agriculture and fishing, various industries and services such as tourism, financial and health services.

Job Opportunities in Iceland

 Opportunities to find a job in Iceland are very numerous.

 Iceland does not apply restrictions on access to its labor market for citizens of other EEA countries, including new EU member states.

 If you are from the European Union or an EEA country, you do not need a work permit in Iceland and must officially register for further assistance.

Wages in Iceland

 The average salary in Iceland is €73,286 per year, or €6,107 per month. Data from 2018.

 It is the third country in the world with the highest salaries.

 However, the taxes paid in the country are also high and depend on your income. The more money you earn, the more taxes you pay. Another interesting fact to know about this country is that the gender labor gap is almost non-existent. In fact, there is a law that forces companies to prove that men and women are paid equally.

How to find a job in Iceland

 When it comes to finding a job in Iceland there are different options, from here we suggest some of the main ways to find a job in Iceland.


 The media in Iceland are one of the ways to find out about job offers in the country and we can get information through their advertising section.

 Some of the most important ones, although there are more, are: Morgunbladid

 Job search portals in Iceland

 As it could not be otherwise, job search websites are one of the main sources of access to the main job offers in Iceland. If you already speak Icelandic, choosing a job in Iceland is important.

 Some of the websites you can use to search for jobs in Iceland are:

·         Public Employment Service

·         Eures Network – One of the best options to find an offer from Spain that fits your profile.


·         Jobs in the city of Reykjavik

·         Jobs in the public sector in Iceland

·         Ninukot

What documentation is required and what formalities do I need to complete?

 Iceland is not part of the European Union but is a member of the Schengen countries. This means that it is easy to allow Europeans to operate within its borders. On site it is necessary to apply for a work permit for Schengen citizens.

If you stay longer than three months, you have to apply for a residence permit at the immigration office. On the other hand, if you decide to stay short and you are a national of one of the countries with which Iceland has an agreement on it, you do not need a visa.

Otherwise, you can see the exact procedures for obtaining your visa here.

 Other important documents to bring are as follows:

·         Valid passport.

·         Social security card.

·         Medical ExaminationForm (+E-100).

·         E-301 Certificate.

When you start working you will need the Icelandic DNI, which is called Kenitalla or DNI number. You can work on them when you arrive in the country or from here if the company you will work for there has already hired you. You will also need the wage tax card or wage tax card.