What should foreign IT professionals know about Brazil?

What should foreign IT professionals know about Brazil?

Summary: If you are considering a move to one of the fastest-expanding countries in the world, this blog wants to help you get the answers you need.


Since this blog started in May, I have received quite a lot of reader feedback. And it is really exciting to know that so many people are interested in what is going on in the technology scene in Brazil.

Another interesting fact is that the vast majority of the people that get in touch via the author contact form and other channels such as LinkedIn and Twitter want tips about getting a job here.

There is certainly a lot of jobs in technology on offer in Brazil: the sector generated 16 percent of all positions that require a degree in the last three years. Small, medium and big companies are all hiring — but the lack of skilled professionals persists.

Many readers that get in touch want to know about what the everyday life of a technology professional in Brazil looks like. What are the biggest tech employers in the country? Are there enough headhunting firms that will understand my skill set? Do most people in IT speak English? The list goes on.

Having said that, the idea for this post is to open a forum to understand what are the questions about Brazil IT that non-Brazilian professionals from the area need to know. While I would not be able to answer questions individually, we can definitely address some of the major themes in future posts over the coming weeks.

So please feel free to take part in the debate by submitting your question in the comments below; I am looking forward to reading them.

Topic: CXO

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  • e-ccommerce area

    Hi, i work with ratail and e-commerce area (Brazil) and the gap between american and brazilian market was the "school" that IT professional could navegate. In the past 2 years we could saw a big change in this industry dynamic remarketing, automate custon content for the visitor and other now are on all posts and articles here.
    João Caetano
  • Have fun with the move kids...

    ...and don't forget to buy yourself an Armored Personal Carrier for commuting to work.

    "With roughly 23.8 homicides per 100,000 residents, muggings, robberies, kidnappings and gang violence, Brazil is one of the most criminalized countries of the world."


    Bon Voyage................
  • Brazil!!?? In what universe?

    Brazil is a socialist mess. Last month, a million people were in the streets protesting government corruption and incompetence, high taxes, shoddy services, teachers, and hospital unions, restrictions on trade, high crime, 6.5% inflation, police brutality, and suffocating regulations and bureaucrats. Just Google "brazil protests 2013."
  • Living in Rio...

    As an American living in Rio since 2007, I can tell you a few things. I am here for personal reasons regarding my son...only.
    Vesicant and IT_Fella above are right. Life here is not easy, high cost of living and low wages make it very difficult, not to mention Portugeuse is not easy to learn. I have a business here which allows me to make a decent living.
    I talk almost everyday to my gringo friends/employees about how things in the US, Europe and Australia work very well. I will not complain about service in the US ever again.
    If you are considering Brazil to live and work, come for a visit and meet with some "gringos" in Copacabana before taking the leap.
    • In Rio, what did you expect?

      Even Brazilians from other parts of the country (including much poorer ones) are always appalled by the quality of services (especially public services) in Rio - they simply don't work, and there is a mentality that doing things half-baked is good enough. Things are far from smooth anywhere, but when you go from Rio to São Paulo, Minas Gerais, the southern states or (particularly) Brasília, you feel like you just traveled to Switzerland in comparison. The cost of living is the same, so are the low wages, but people find a way and live their lives happily anyway - as they did even when inflation was over 5,000% a year back in the 1980s. Being in Brazil for some time, you certainly know the word "jeitinho" - but it seems you haven't mastered that art yet...

      As for Portuguese, first, many Americans and Europeans have some knowledge of Spanish or some other Latin language, and that's half way there (and even usable at a pinch while one doesn't learn enough Portuguese). A friend of mine is moving soon to Hungary - now THAT's painfully difficult to learn!

      ALL countries have their good and bad things, including the most developed ones, and Brazil has A LOT of the former to offer. So, stop complaining, have a cold beer with "torresminho" and fries at sunset at the Copacabana sidewalk after work, and think how many people would kill to be where you are!
  • Hi all, thanks for your comments! It seems security is a big concern and the way in which the protests are being reported does not help. I wrote a new post about whether it is safe for It professionals to work in Brazil and would like to invite you to read and share your views: http://www.zdnet.com/is-it-safe-for-foreign-techies-to-work-in-brazil-7000018617/
    Angelica Mari
  • Absurdly high cost of living in Brazil

    Have a look at my blog post " 'Custo Brasil' or the Absurdly High Cost of Living in Brazil"

  • life

    “I think it would be foolish to believe that there are no problems - life is made of problems. They occur every day to just about everyone around the world and I think that it is important that we should simply accept that that is life and we must live it fully and courageously”