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Working In Macau

A Profile On What To Expect When Working In Macau

The following information may be of help in deciding whether you would be interested in a quantity surveying, engineering or project management job based in Macau.


The currency in Macau is Pataca, and was introduced by the Portuguese while the country was using the silver dollar. When these were discontinued the Pataca became the main currency.


Macau was transferred back to China from Portugal in 1999. Similar to Hong Kong, while mainland China is responsible for the defences and armed forces Macau maintains its own currency, legal system and police force which has all been heavily influenced by Portugal.


Macau is densely populated, 95% of the population are Chinese the religious focus within the country reflects this. The majority of the population practice a Chinese folk faith, a smaller percentage Buddhist and Tao and a very small minority are Christian.


Macau is one of the richest cities in the world. The economy is heavily focused on gambling, tourism and manufacturing. These industries have paved the way for huge buildings with both Mediterranean and Chinese architecture and design. 

Culture and Leisure

Macau is known as the ‘Monte Carlo of the Far East’ this is for its huge casinos and gambling hub, and also as it is the host the Grand Prix. In which all the roads around the city are transformed into a racing track.

The mix of Portuguese and Chinese culture has manifested itself not just within the cities architecture but also through its food. You are able to taste an incredible range of flavours within the different dishes that are available. From enjoying Portuguese coffee and Chinese cakes at breakfast. Macau has an

Situated on the coast Macau, 71 miles southwest of HK it climate is humid and sub tropical. The temperatures begin increasing from March and with this increase comes heavy rainfall.

Transport in and around Macau is mainly by car, bus or taxi. Mopeds are also a very popular choice. They drive on the left side of the road following that of Hong Kong.

Accommodation and Education

Accommodation is apartment based with a deposit 3 – 4 times the rent amount, required to secure the place. Apartments tend to come ready furnished, which makes moving straight into the city easy. However they do normally require an extensive clean.

Macau has 6 private tertiary education establishments. The schools follow English, Portuguese or the Chinese education system. There are only 4 state schools in Macau and education levels among residence are low considering it’s such a rich city.

It’s important to note that there is only one private hospital in Macau, so choice is facilities should you need them are limited.

Visa Requirements

Before you work in Macau you are required to be in possession of a blue card. Your employed will take this card out on your behalf, it isn’t something you can do, once you have this or are in possession of a ‘temporary blue card’ you can begin work for that employer only.


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