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09 Oct 2006 12:00 AM by EOS Team Star rating in In Spain of course!. 4015 posts Send private message

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Working in Spain is quite different to working in UK and in general jobs are hard to come by.

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10 Nov 2006 9:59 PM by Kaz n Dave Star rating. 9 posts Send private message


We are currently trying to purchase a property on ACC but would like to live in the Mojacar area of Almeria.    I am in my second year of learning Spanish at college but would love to come over in the new year now that my daughters have left home.  I have spoken to agencies and employers in Spain who have said they would employ me on the spot if I was resident in Spain.   Obviously, I dont want to go to Spain without a job, so its a chicken and egg situation.  Is there much administrative work in the area? I suppose what I am looking for is a position being advertised, I apply, visit Spain for interview, accept the job, come home and pack, go to Spain, find somewhere to live and then start work.  Is this possible?

If anyone has any advice or information or even better a job, please let me know.

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11 Nov 2006 2:56 PM by Smiley Star rating in San Pedro de Alcanta.... 2502 posts Send private message

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Hi Karen be careful about what you are told. Particularly in the Real Estate sector. That can be a particularly cutthroat market - there have been a lot of the churn and burn companies that have treated employees pretty shoddily. Not paid on time - poor working conditions etc. Dont know what you anticipate earning and dont know income levels in Mojacar but Andalucia (C del Sol) is the poorest region in Spain - regional average salary is just under 9000€ per annum gross (about £6000). At the same time it probably has the highest concentration of wealth in Spain on the coast itself - someone told me that 80% of the 500 Euro notes in circulation in Spain are on the CDS. Hard to say whether you should be the chicken or the egg but depends on what your circumstances are back in the UK. If you have nothing to lose then jump on a plane with enough clothes and belongings to last a month and come down and see what you can find - decide what level of income you need to live. Rent food car etc Then see if you can find a job that pays what you need. Spanish employers will be reluctant unless your Spanish is near as can be fluent. Sales positions will invariably relate to commission. Tax is complex here and if you are legal, social security is compulsory and approx 250€ a month minimum.   

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13 Nov 2006 8:56 AM by jfj Star rating in Vera, Almería. 142 posts Send private message

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It's much cheaper to live in the Mojacar/Vera area of Spain which is on the Costa de Almería than it is to live on the Costa del Sol.
In this area there does seem to be a fair bit of admin work available IF you speak a good level of Spanish and are, of course, a resident.
If I see any admin jobs advertised in this area, I'll let you know.


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13 Nov 2006 10:41 AM by valli Star rating. 25 posts Send private message



My partner and I will be moving over to Murcia early next year , he is a  qualified Electrician and also recently completed a course on brick laying and I'm a decorator , would really apreciate any help or advice on companies who employ or small businesses who are looking to employ , Spanish is limited but we are attending classes .





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13 Nov 2006 7:40 PM by Kaz n Dave Star rating. 9 posts Send private message

Thanks for all your comments and advice.  I will certainly be thinking hard.

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