Jobs in Spain - What you really should know!

Published on 14/11/2006 in Relocating to Spain

You've finally decided where to live, you've found your ideal home and all you need now is a job.  The problem is that it's in another country, Spain.

Finding a new job is difficult and stressful enought at the best of times, but when you're trying to find work abroad from hundreds of miles away your job hunt can start to become extremely frustrating.

The first thing you'll notice when looking for jobs in Spain is that there aren't many employment agencies like there are in the UK.  In fact there are few and far between.  Employment/ recruitment  websites in Spain are still in their infancy and many companies recruit either by word of mouth or in newspaper classifieds.

There's also the language factor to take into account.  If you don't speak Spanish (Castellano in the south and Catalan in the Barcelona regions) then you'll be at a disadvantage and your options become limited when looking for work in Spain.  Here on the Costa del Sol it seems thtat the majority of English-speaking jobs tend to be for commission-only sales people, and yes, generally in the cut-throat real estate market.  For most paid jobs in Spain there is fierce competition and salaries are much lower the in the UK.

Yes, you won't get rich in Spain working for someone else.  For example, if you have a good IT job in the UK earning say, £20K per year, you would expect the same jobs in spain (around costal regions) to pay about 12K Euros per year.  Quite a come down and you'd be lucky to get it!  And despite common belief, the cost of living is not that much lower that in the UK.

Looking for TEFL jobs in Spain to teach English?  Then join the queue.  Again, although the Spanish are keen to learn English, they don't like to pay too much for it and for many of the teaching schools you don't even need to have any qualifications...just speak English!  Again, pay is very poor and job vacancies are few and far between.

Most people who move abroad do so to improve the quality of their lives.  You have to be careful you don't get stuck in a low-paying job in spain, working long hours just to enjoy a bit of sun at the weekends.

We see many people arrive in Spain and leave a few months later realising that back in the UK they could be earning much more money doing a job that they actually want to do.

If you seriously want to look for employment in Spain, you'll need to be flexible and not so fussy.  Jobs don't come along very often so you need to be available when the opportunities arise.

So what should you do?  Moving abroad is a big move with an associated risk.  If you've got a little money in the bank (which you should as it's crazy to move abroad without some safety money) you should seriously consider starting up your own business in Spain.  It's not as crazy as it sounds!  For example, on many of the coasts there are new developments giong up everywhere.  Many of the properties will be bought by investors or for holiday reasons and many will need their properties looked after, e.g., cleaning, furnishing, painting, key-holding, maintenance, etc.  There is a big need for good property management companies as some areas are seriously lacking in this.  This is just one example of the many possibilities that you could consider, and if you us a little imagination you'll think of many more. 

Still want to look for jobs in Spain?  Maybe think again and broaden your mind.


Written by: Jeremy Jones

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Katie Marie said:
01 December 2012 @ 17:05

Hi there!

I am a wedding consultant in the UK and speak intermediate spanish. I would love to go out to the country for 6 - 12 months, improve my language and learn more about the wedding culture in Spain.

Any one got an ideas or advice?

Look forward to hearing form you.

Pradip Tiwari said:
04 August 2011 @ 10:53

I am looking forward to work in spain.I have completed my 12 standard and i am having my bachelor level currently.I am from Nepal.I have good command in english aswell. How can i fulfill my dream??It will be great support if anybody over there helps me...
Best regards with
pradip Tiwari

Nathan said:
26 August 2010 @ 20:45

Hello, i am looking to relocate to one of the balearic islands, mainly mallorca. Currently my profession is a sport coach. I work for a premier league club and have worked in numerous of football academies in the english game. Im looking for work at a high standard but also i have got many years of experience working in all sporting environments. ie Community, academy, youth, senior and womens. I was wondering if you could point me in the right direction for recruitment.
Kind regards and many thanks

australiano said:
02 January 2009 @ 17:15

Start your own IT business in Granada, Spain.
I sell my Internet Cafe /web design and hosting business as I will travel overseas in the next few months. Call me at +34 691504040 or +34 958208382 (fully licensed, and currently opened to the public). The business website is

Juliane said:
06 May 2008 @ 17:26

Hello, I am looking to relocate to Malaga. Currently, I am working in Finance/Investment Management. I speak Spanish more or less fluently and additionally German and French both fluently. I was wondering whether you could point me in any direction for recruitment agencies specialising on Spain/Southern Spain?
Many thanks.

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