Spain is one of the charming places. It pulls you with its delicious and ubiquitous wine. It’s easy to enjoy the Mediterranean sunshine, finding a job, and relocating here. If someone who’s lived in Spain for two years and done a variety of jobs. Those can be party promoter, sales manager, juice maker, and boutique salesperson. And if you are an ex-pat who is looking for jobs in Spain. It may seem that there are only suitable jobs. And if you’re limited to jobs in Spain for English-s speakers. There are many jobs in Spain with specialist skills.
The Spanish job market-
The country’s unemployment rate is the highest. It has one in five people without work. It is also the European Union’s (EU) fastest recovering economies. Unemployment is decreasing in the country. As it is recovering from the economic downturn. Some sectors have even reported increased recruitment in the past years. There are more opportunities than before the crisis. In the sectors of personal care, construction, and chefs.
Unemployment, yet, continues to be an issue. Graduates report difficulties in finding permanent work. The youth unemployment rate is around 35% in March 2018. Many country’s educated workforces have looked abroad for better opportunities. But, the highest levels of unemployment have been among unskilled workers.
1. Do you need a permit?
If you hold a passport of European Union countries. Working in Spain is completely legal. And it doesn’t need a special permit. Many citizens move to Spain. Some come here for vacation and fall in love. So they never end up going home. If you live here for longer than 90 days. You get a national identity card (NIE).
If you are from a non-EU country. You need to do a little more paperwork. And it’s also a good idea to secure a job before moving. Citizens of the United States, Canada, Japan, and these countries can visit on visitor status. But other countries need an entry visa. If you are from Australia. And are between 18 and 30 years old. You can apply for a working holiday visa.
2. Six ways to find a job.
- Walk with your CV in hand. If you’re from North America. This can seem like a strange way to look for a job. But if you rely on e-mail. You’ll be waiting at home forever. What many people do is print out a stack of CVs. And will walk around.
- Do seasonal and odd jobs. Popular seasonal jobs are where English speakers are in demand. A popular seasonal job is a party promoter.
- Start a freelance teaching/tutoring. If you’re a native speaker of English, French, and German. You can teach a skill.
- Go to a staffing agency. Meet with a recruiter who will suggest a job based on your experience.
- Do a short-term volunteer. You can do volunteer projects on a “visitor” status.
- Search on Facebook. We tend to think of Facebook as a place to waste time. It’s actually very helpful for a job search in Spain.
A checklist for seeking employment in Spain. It provides information on the current employment market, Spanish permits, and workplaces in Spain.
In Spanish, it can seem like there are only a few suitable jobs. A lot of job seekers if you are looking for jobs.
Especially if you’re limited to English-speaking jobs in Spain. But, if you know where to look for work, you can find a job in Spain. In Spain in particular, foreigners with experience have numerous jobs.
Can I move to Spain without a job?
As an EU citizen, you won’t need a work permit to find employment. But you will need to get a social security number to be able to work in Spain. These can get acquired from your local Oficina de Seguridad Social.
You need to move to Spain, how much money?
It is possible to invest in Spain for a year abroad for less than $1,000 a month. The first important move in moving is to save. Your annual income should be three to four months long. You will need a visa to travel to Spain unless you are a European citizen
Is it a good idea to move to Spain?
Spain has an excellent lifestyle and climate. Moving to Spain if you retire and earn a retirement. But the younger, the uncertain you are about moving to Spain is. Many things get based on your profession and opportunities. It also depends on your skills, your nature, and your Spanish speaking abilities.
Many people in Spain find jobs on informal pathways. Such as word-of-mouth, networking, and speculation. Small and medium-sized businesses are affected. Do not limit your job quest to agencies and advertisements. You should be diligent, search for networks, and opportunities.
In many areas like IT, automobile, pharmaceutical, chemical, food and drinking, and tourism. Spain still has jobs, despite high unemployment. Spain’s big multinational businesses include:
Banco Santander- For finance
Telefonica- For telecommunications
Repsol- For energy
ACS- For construction
Iberdrola- For energy
BBVA- For finance
Inditex- For clothing retail
IAG- For air travel
Vacancies in jobs in Spain
Spain is among the countries with the lowest rates of available jobs. It is along with Greece and Portugal. But the utilities, IT, engineering, finances, and healthcare where you most likely to find opportunities.
Employment openings in the field could rely, for example, on the skills of financial experts.
Vacancies also vary from one Spanish region to another. Info on the EURES jobs mobility portal can be found for each zone.
- Spanish-speaking jobs are popular for the Spanish tourist trade.
- English education, and the catering services for the large ex-pats.
- It is along the Spanish coastline, Madrid, Barcelona, and Seville are also popular jobs.
- If not, Spanish is an employment prerequisite.
Jobs incomes in Spain
However, in recent years average salaries have started to grow once again. According to Spain’s national statistical institute (Instituto Nacional de Estadistica – INE), the average salary in 2017 (the latest year for which statistics are listed) was €25,416. This varies by gender, region, and sector.
For more information, see our guide to Spanish salaries.
Work culture in Spain
Spanish business culture leans towards companies having hierarchical structures, with strategic and other decisions being taken at the top. Meetings are held to exchange information or give instructions, not to come to a consensus.
Expect business colleagues to spend time getting to know you at a first meeting; it’s all about establishing trust between you with a high value placed on personal qualities. As a result, negotiations can be lengthy. Individualism is preferable over teamwork, although modesty is crucial for employees.
How to find jobs in Spain
First, check out Expatica jobs. You’ll find a constantly changing selection of jobs in Spain for foreigners in a range of different sectors, both English-speaking and multilingual.
If you’re from the EU/EFTA, you can search for jobs in Spain on the EURES (European Employment Services) website. EURES is a job portal network maintained by the European Commission which is designed to facilitate free movement within the European Economic Area. As well as searching for work, you can post CVs and get advice on the legal and administrative issues involved in working in Spain, or any other country in the EU/EFTA.
Public Employment Services
The Public State Employment Service (Servicio Público de Empleo Estatal) or SEPE has information on vacancies, training courses, and advice on job seeking. You can also search for jobs at Empleate, a government job portal.
The Autonomous Communities also have employment offices nationwide; look in the phone directory or on the SEPE website for local addresses. You can also check Sistema Nacional de Empleo for local employment offices and job vacancies.
Job websites in Spain
There are many job websites for finding work in Spain, including specialized sites for certain professions.
Jobs in Spain for graduates
- Bolsade Trabajo
- Expansión y Empleo: employment news as well as jobs
- Oficina Empleo
- Busco Jobs
Jobs in Spain for English speakers
- Ambient recruitment: multilingual professionals
- Approach People Recruitment: multilingual professionals
- Talent Search People: finance, sales, IT, e-commerce, and native speakers
- Tecnoempleo: IT and telecommunications jobs
- Xpatjobs: multilingual
General Job Search Engines and Classifieds
With the sites below, you can expect to get a 0.5 to 1.0% response rate (people who will respond back to you to whom you sent your application/CV.) Nevertheless, I encourage you to give these sites a try as you never know what you will come up with or what connections you can make from a simple e-mail or application.
- Oficina Empleo: Spanish job search portal.
- Opcion Empleo: Spain’s CareerJet.
- Trabajos: The name of the site says it all.
- Indeed: The sister to the big U.S. job search site Indeed.com.
- Monster.com: Monster has been around since pretty much the dawn of the internet era.
- Compu Trabajo: Ugly interface but prettier job vacancies.
- Learn 4 Good: Learn 4 Good tends to have a leaning towards teaching jobs, but they’ve got jobs in other sectors.
Teaching English is an option. All of the sites below are pretty similar and have a massive amount of teaching English job options. Browse through each of the sites for any teaching English job opportunities in Spain. Also, be sure to check out this cool table from the International TEFL academy that shows how much money teachers can expect to make in various countries around the world.
- ESL Employment: Not the most beautiful interface, but who needs a pretty website when you have so many English teaching job options to choose from.
- Total ESL: Also an overly busy interface but a wealth of job postings for teaching jobs abroad.
- ESL Cafe: Dave does a great job in compiling some of the best job openings from around the world.
- Tesall: Big teaching jobs aggregator.
Other Websites and Blogs
- Just Landed: Just Landed has a good article about the job market in Spain.
- Transitions Abroad: Transitions Abroad has a really comprehensive list for anyone considering becoming an expatriate in Spain.
Overseas and Expat Job Portals
- Michael Page: An international executive recruitment website that I’ve used in the past. This site is targeted towards high-end job seekers.
- eFinancialCareers: My favorite search engine for finance jobs on the web. I used them during my Wall Street days. They are limited for Spain.
- Overseas Jobs: I find that there is often significant overlap between the postings on this site and that of other sites. Nevertheless this site has been around for a while.
- Go Abroad: I’ve always been a fan of GoAbroad. In fact, on the visa information portion of my website, you will find where I have linked to their global embassies directory. They have a good job portal too.
- Linkedin: Last but not least, this huge professional social network is a resource for building contacts in the field and location of your interest.
Teaching jobs in Spain
There are lots of opportunities for teaching English in Spain but just being a native speaker probably won’t be enough to secure a job – you stand a much better chance if you hold a TEFL qualification. Consider taking a course in your home country or one based in Spain. TtMadrid and TEFL Iberia are schools that can help you find TEFL jobs in Spain; otherwise, you can also look for teaching jobs at Spainwise and Lingobongo.
Part-time English-language assistant positions, via the British Council, for undergraduates with two years’ higher education only require a minimum of AS level Spanish.
You might also be able to give private lessons and seek out your own English-speaking jobs in Spain. Place an ad in a newspaper or expat publication, or use your networks and word-of-mouth.
Recruitment agencies tend to deal with temporary jobs in Spain. You can check which agencies are registered on the Sistema Nacional de Empleo website. Besides some agencies listed above for specialist professions, another private employment agency offering temporary and permanent work is Adecco.
Spanish jobs in newspapers
Although Spanish national, regional and provincial newspapers advertise job vacancies daily, most jobs are in the Sunday editions. You can also check out the jobs pages in the printed newspapers International New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Overseas Jobs Express.
There are several expat print publications, some with online versions, that list jobs. Post or respond to recruitment ads in publications such as Metropolitan (Barcelona).
Networking in Spain
Lots of jobs aren’t advertised openly in Spain and many positions are filled through word-of-mouth or personal contacts. So spread the word that you’re looking for work in Spain, network with others in similar fields, and join professional groups, forums, and networking sites such as LinkedIn.
Some business networks include:
- Spanish Chamber of Commerce (Cámara de Comercio): Spain’s largest business network with local chambers across the country, networking events, and business support.
- Guiri Business
- Professional Women’s Network Spain
- Costa Women
Make contact with Spaniards and other expats with similar work or personal interests through a meet up group near you – if there isn’t one, you can start your own.
Self-employment and freelancing in Spain
Starting a business or self-employment and freelancing is also an option, and Spain has seen considerable growth in autónomo workers since the onset of its economic crisis. Just over 15% of the Spanish workforce is self-employed, which is above the EU average.
If you go down this route in Spain, you have the choice between working as a freelance professional/sole trader (profesionales autónomos) where your personal and business income are taxed together, or setting up a limited company (sociedad limitada) where the business exists separately. This means that you will have to file separate business taxes.
Traineeships, internships, and volunteering in Spain
The EU offers traineeships for university graduates via the European Commission Traineeships Office (Bureau de Stages), otherwise internships or summer placements can be arranged by AIESEC (for students and recent graduates in the UK) or IAESTE (for students in science, engineering, and applied arts). Internships can also be found at Europlacement and Go Abroad.’;
Support while looking for jobs in Spain
You can claim unemployment benefit in Spain while you are looking for work as long as you have worked at least 360 days in the last six years and are registered for social security payments. The amount you receive and the duration depends on your level of contributions.
You can apply for unemployment benefit in Spain and check your entitlement on the SEPE website.
Requirements to work in Spain
Spanish work visas
Citizens of EU and European Free Trade Association (EFTA – EU plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland) member states can come to Spain and work freely, without the need for a work permit. Everyone from outside the EU/EFTA needs a residence visa, as well as a valid Spanish work permit.