Cyprus has two official languages, Greek and Turkish. However, many more languages are spoken on the island, and it is these you may want to pick up if you’re looking to make money on the island.
The most used foreign language is English, with most Cypriots speaking English as a second language. English also appears on many road signs, public notices and announcements. If you know English before heading to Cyprus, it will stand you in good stead for communication if other languages fail you. Deciding on the language to learn before working in Cyprus can be tricky, as many languages are spoken across the island.
If you’re looking for a serious job in Nicosia, you will definitely need a good understanding of Greek, as it is their primary business language, whereas if you’re looking in Limassol, you will find that recruitment agents are particularly fond of Russian speakers. Russian speaking staff are wanted for jobs in Limassol because it has approximately 30,000 to 40,000 Russian speakers due to the number of Russian businesses with offices there. It’s also good to note that the Russian businesses in Limassol often pay a lot more than Cypriotic businesses, and for this reason, even the locals are learning Russian in the hopes of better pay.
The work in Cyprus is quite varied, but it is a leading European forex hub. This means that no matter what language you speak there is certainly to be a recruitment agency looking for staff to hire with your language set. This is because they need staff with different languages to cover each of their regions.
If you’re still not sure about which language to learn, you may also wish to try looking at vacancies in Cyprus. Job adverts in Cyprus will often list the essential languages and the desirable languages.
If you find you already have a good command of their essential language, you may decide to learn the desirable language to boost your pay packet. Learning another language can also be great fun, so if you have tried all of the above and you are still torn, simply choose the one you enjoy the most! And check out our website for new job ads in Cyprus!