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Competition for jobs in Spain is high, but the huge tourism and expat community provides a welcoming environment for international graduates
Statista has published data revealing over 310,000 British citizens currently live in Spain and according to the HSBC Expat Explorer Survey 2021, nine out of ten expats recommend moving there for a high quality of life.
The cost of living in the country is low compared to other European countries, meaning that in your spare time you’ll be able to enjoy all the culture Spain has to offer.
Living and working in the country, you’ll also get the opportunity to learn the second most common language in the world, which will no doubt impress employers wherever you work in the future.
While there are plenty of positives to working in Spain, you need to be aware that the country was hit particularly hard by the economic crisis. While it’s recovering, the Spanish unemployment rate is still one of the highest in Europe at 12. 5%. Youth unemployment is also relatively high at 26.9% (July 2022).
Competition for jobs is fierce and the majority of international workers tend to gravitate towards bigger cities, where jobs are more readily available. Popular destinations for expats include Madrid and Barcelona, the two largest cities in the country, and Valencia and Seville.
Jobs in Spain
Securing work in the country can be a challenge as you’ll be competing against Spanish graduates for jobs. However, there are a number of things you can do to increase your chances of success.
The first is to look for work in major cities, where vacancies occur on a more regular basis. Having a solid grasp of Spanish will also be incredibly useful. To further increase your chances of finding work, concentrate your search on the Spanish job sectors that are performing well. These include consulting, teaching English as a foreign language and the service and tourism sectors.
Popular graduate jobs
The service sector dominates the Spanish job market and major industries in the country include:
- care workers
- computer engineers
- data analysts
- data miners
- IT security
- specialist doctors.
Spain is also home to a number of large international companies. These include:
- Abengoa (telecommunications)
- Abertis (infrastructure)
- ACS Group (civil engineering)
- Almirall (pharmaceuticals)
- Banco Santander (banking)
- Ebro Foods (food processing)
- Ficosa (automobile production)
- Iberdrola (utilities)
- Inditex (apparel)
- Logista (logistics)
- Telefónica (telecommunications).
For the latest jobs in Spain, visit:
- The Local
There are some sectors of the Spanish economy currently experiencing skills shortages, and these shortages could lead to employment opportunities for international workers.
Shortage occupations occur in professions such as doctors, engineers, marketers, operating staff and business consultancy.
There are also shortages in occupations such as translators, pilots and teaching positions.
How to get a job in Spain
The standard application process is similar to that in the UK. Prospective candidates apply for jobs by submitting a CV and cover letter, or by completing an application form. The format of these application documents is similar to what you’re used to in the UK. Most workers apply for jobs from their home country – typically through a jobs portal – or find temporary work before looking for something permanent.
The language you need to submit your application in will sometimes be stated in the job advert, so make sure you read it carefully before applying. However, as a rule, unless you’re applying to work in an English-speaking office, all applications should be made in Spanish.
Informal ways of securing work are also popular among jobseekers in Spain – for example, through word of mouth, networking or speculative applications.
Spain has a strong tourism industry, welcoming over 30 million visitors in 2022. Popular tourist destinations include the Costa del Sol, the Balearic Islands, and Benidorm. With such a high percentage of British tourists visiting Spain, there’s always a need for English-speaking workers in its tourism and hospitality industries.
Temporary positions are the easiest to secure. You could find work in bars, restaurants and hotels, as a watersports instructor, or at tourist attractions such as theme parks. If you have some childcare experience, you could also look for work as an au pair.
In addition to the job sites listed above, you may be able to find summer jobs, seasonal work and gap year opportunities at:
- Season Workers
Bear in mind that since the UK’s departure from the EU, UK nationals will now need a visa to take on seasonal work in Spain.
Voluntary work has become an increasingly popular option for graduates looking for work experience. Not only will it put your language skills to the test and help you to understand Spanish culture, volunteering provides you with an opportunity to make important contacts and enhance your CV.
Teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) is a popular source of employment for international workers.
However, being a native speaker of English isn’t enough to secure a teaching job. Instead, you’ll need a TEFL qualification to ensure success. You can either take a course in your home country or once you arrive in Spain.
For more information and to see what opportunities are currently available, take a look at:
- Premier TEFL
- TEFL Iberia
You can also apply to work as an English language assistant through the British Council’s English Language Assistants scheme.
In Spain, work experience is held in high regard. Students that have completed two to three years of work experience prior to applying for graduate roles hold a significant advantage.
Internships in the country usually last between two and three months, but the length of a placement depends on the employer and the needs of their business. Due to Spain’s growing technology and thriving tourism and hospitality sectors, internships of this kind are easy to find.
To look for a placement in Spain, see:
- AIESEC UK – for students and recent graduates (in the past two years).
- IAESTE UK – for science, engineering, technology and applied arts students.
- The Intern Group – a leading provider of international internship programmes in Madrid.
Following the UK’s departure from the EU, the rules for UK citizens travelling to EU countries has changed. You can travel to countries in the Schengen Area (which includes Spain) for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa. During this period, you can attend business meetings, seminars, conference or trade shows or meet clients, but you must not receive payment from a Spanish company for these activities or it may be classed as work.
If UK nationals plan to work in Spain, or stay for more than three months, you must apply for a visa and work permit. There are different types of Spanish work visa depending on the kind of work you do and the length of your employment. Some of the most common types are:
- Long-term work visas
- Seasonal work visas
- Au pair visas
- EU Blue card.
While most visa applications are made through the Spanish Embassy or consulate in your home country, for some types of work your prospective employer makes the application on your behalf.
EU nationals, European Economic Area (EEA) citizens and those from Switzerland can work in Spain without the need for a work permit. If you plan to stay in the country for longer than three months, you’ll need to register at a police station or the local Foreign National Office. This will provide you with a registration certificate and a non-nationals identification number (NIE).
If you don’t have a strong grasp of Spanish then jobs can be hard to find – unless you’re looking for a job with a multinational company, or work in the expat community or tourist areas.
There are lots of Spanish-speaking courses in the UK and many good websites exist to help you to learn a language or improve your skills. There are also opportunities to take Spanish classes once you arrive in Spain.
How to explain your qualifications to employers
You should find that your UK qualifications are comparable to their Spanish equivalents, and will therefore be recognised by employers.
Despite this, workers involved in regulated professions – for example, lawyers and doctors – will need their professional qualifications recognised in Spain before they can start work. Certain authorities are responsible for the recognition of professional qualifications. For more information, see the EC regulated professions database.
To get a degree from outside of the EU recognised in Spain, you’ll need to contact the Subdirección General de Titulos y Reconocimiento de Cualificaciones, of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport, and fill in the required form.
What it’s like to work in Spain
The average working week for full-time employees is just over 40 hours, with traditionally long lunch breaks in the afternoon still observed by some businesses. Because of this, workers can sometimes stay in the office as late as 8pm.
The monthly minimum wage for workers in 2022 is €1,167 (£1,010).
In 2022, Spain will celebrate ten public holidays, with additional dates in each region. National public holidays include:
- New Year’s Day
- Good Friday
- Easter Sunday
- Labour Day
- Assumption of Mary
- Spanish National Day
- All Saints Day
- Constitution Day
- Christmas Day
- Christmas holiday.
Find out more
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Written by Jemma Smith, Editor
Prospects · September 2022
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Work & Jobs in Spain for Americans 2023/2024: Visa Advice
Most of the readers of our website are either living in Spain or are European Union citizens, mostly from the United Kingdom, who wish to move to Spain and find work.
However we are receiving an increasing amount of enquiries from American citizens who wish to travel to Europe and find work in Spain.
Many Americans dream of travelling throughout Europe but consider it too expensive because costs are much more than they are in the United States.
The one alternative is to work your way around Europe.
The other reason we are often contacted by Americans looking to work in Spain is because they have the opportunity of being posted to one of the major Spanish cities such as Madrid and Barcelona through the multinational company that they currently work for.
Any information that we have that is relevant to Americans working in Spain is contained on this page. The advice on this page not only applies to Americans but is also completely relevant to Canadians and Australians searching for work in Spain.
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Spanish Visa for American Citizens
Working legally in Spain as an American is very difficult compared to European Union citizens who do not even require a visa to work in Spain.
You will need to get a visa to travel to Spain for three months.
We suggest that you aim your search for work towards American companies with offices in major cities such as Madrid and Barcelona or target a company with a history of hiring Americans.
It would help if you have qualifications and skills that are quite unique and not readily available from other European Union citizens.
This information from Notes from Spain is useful:
“My experience is from many years ago but I am quite sure the regulations have not changed much. You need to have an offer letter from your employer before you can even apply.
Once you get the offer letter, you need to have get a medical exam, a local police clearance, fill out some forms and go to the Spanish consulate to apply for an entrance visa. That will take a few months at least. Once it is approved, they will notify you at an American address since you are not supposed to be working in Spain yet.
Once you get the visa, which is a sticker in your passport, you can then go to Spain, to apply for the working permit. You have 30 days to do it. The working permit will take another few months.
Whether you can work in the meantime is in the grey area. I was told even I didn’t have a working permit yet, I could start working. But then you have to sort out how your employer pays you until you get the proper documentation.
Conclusion, it takes a long time to get the working permit, and the application starts with the Spanish Consulate before you come. If you want to do everything legally, find an employer early.”
Summer Work for Americans in Spain 2023 & 2024
The alternative to going through all the legal process of applying for a job is just to get a casual summer job. Once you have your visa you will be allowed to reside in Spain for three months.
During this time you might want to try find a summer job like many other EU citizens. Most of these jobs are not official jobs that come with the contract. Therefore you will not need an NIE number and you will not be disadvantaged being an American.
Of course just like anyone else you are technically working illegally and as an American citizen you may face deportation so this is entirely at your own risk.
Most of the summer jobs will be in the popular tourist destinations such as the Canary and Balearic Islands as well as mainland Spain such as the Costa Del Sol.
The popular tourist resorts will require workers in bars, restaurants, hotels and nightclubs. Most likely you will be serving behind the bar or working in a restaurant as a waiter or waitress.
The seasonal jobs tend to pay around five euros an hour and do not come with any accommodation or benefits but they do help towards paying your way as you travel around Europe.
The advantage with these casual summer jobs are that they do not require much (if any) Spanish. There are also good possibilities to teach English to Spanish people.
Key tourist resorts to find work would be: Marbella, Malaga, Fuengirola, Torremolinos and Benalmadena in the Costa del Sol region of Spain.
Mallorca, Ibiza, Tenerife, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria are the most popular Spanish islands for tourism.
Tips for Searching for Work
- You will be able to open a bank account without problems.
- Start your search for work in Madrid and Barcelona.
- Always arrive in Spain with a return air ticket. You may be refused entry if you don’t have one.
- If you overstate your 90 day visa entry you will probably be allowed to leave the country without being penalised.
- Look for work in summer camps.
- Many language schools will be prepared to take you on without paperwork.
US Embassy Work & Jobs Advice for Americans
Source US Embassy Spain: “American citizens can enter Spain or Andorra visa-free for periods of up to three months. Spanish government regulations may require a return or on-going ticket or proof of funds.
Should an American citizen wish to remain longer than ninety days, you will be required to obtain an extension of stay from Spanish immigration authorities. This extension, of no more than ninety days, must be requested at a police station at least three weeks before the initial entry period expires. It is only granted under exceptional circumstances.
By law, foreigners who have overstayed their permitted time will not be allowed to leave Spain without first obtaining an exit permit from the Directorate of Security of the State in Madrid or from the local police in another city. A fine, commensurate with the time overstayed, may be charged.
Should you be considering a stay in Spain longer than three months you should inquire with the Spanish embassy or consulate near your place of residence outside of Spain prior to entry. You may also write directly to the Spanish National Police at Calle Moratin, 43, 28014 Madrid.
Residency and work permits
American citizens wanting to study, reside, or work in Spain must obtain the appropriate visa from the Spanish Embassy or Consulate in their state/country of last residence. After the visa has been issued, foreigners have three months to apply for the corresponding permit with the Spanish authorities in Spain.
Obtaining a residence or work permit is a complicated process; since regulations change continually, we suggest that you check the Ministry of Interior’s website, or call the Ministry of Interior, within Spain, toll-free at 060.”
Spanish Embassy in Washington, United States of America
2375 Pennsylvania Avenue N. W.
Washington, D.C. 20037
Phone: (1 202) 452-0100
Fax: (1 202) 833-5670
Web Site: https://www.spainemb.org
Email: [email protected]/[email protected]
Jobs for US Citizens Summary
This article has been written for the many US citizens who have sent in their questions about work in Spain, some of these questions are listed below and answered above:
- Do you have a list of jobs in Madrid?
- Are there jobs in Barcelona?
- Is it legal for Americans to move to Spain?
- What is it like living in Spain and is it more expensive than the USA?
- Are there any internships in Spain for Americans?
- What US companies have head offices in Madrid or Barcelona?
- Where have Americans found work in Spain?
- Are there any graduate jobs in Spain?
- Summer jobs?
- Where are teaching jobs Spain for Americans?
- I’m American wanting a nursing job.
If you are an American looking for work in Spain, you can always leave your jobs wanted below or if you have previously worked in Spain we would love to hear your story of what type of work you did and how you got on.
Most Popular Places in Spain To Find Work:
- Gran Canaria
Most Popular Work:
- Bar Work in Spain
- Waiter – Waitress
- Property Maintenance
- Holiday/Transfer Reps
- Summer/Student Work
- TEFL/Teaching English
Helpful Pages if Moving to Spain:
Real Stories of Moving to Spain
Long-Term Rentals & Lets
Guide to Buying Property
I Hate Spain – Shocking Truth!
We also have our Spanish jobs and work section.
Jobs and vacancies in Spain for Ukrainians, Russians, Belarusians
Looking for a carer for an elderly woman in Spain
1100€ per month
We are looking for a nurse to care for an elderly woman in Spain, in the seaside city of Murcia.
Payment terms: 1100 euros per month for a 6-day work schedule. Meals, accommodation included, vacation 2 weeks a year.
Requirements: knowledge of Spanish, work experience…
Domestic staff – Education / Nurse
Real estate agency looking for a secretary
1300€ per month
A real estate agency in Marbella is looking for a full-time employee who is experienced and willing to work and develop for the position of secretary-manager.
Proficiency in Spanish and English is required. PC knowledge. Personal car…
Business – Finance – Sales / Secretary
We are looking for Russian-speaking workers for 5 vacancies
3000€ per month
A Spanish charter company is looking for Russian-speaking workers with knowledge of English: personal assistant to the director (with 1 year experience), sales manager / air broker (with 1 year experience), security manager (with experience. ..
Other professions / Specialist
Jobs in Spain apartment cleaning accommodation provided
500€ per month
It is proposed to work on a rotational basis for cleaning apartments on the island of Tenerife, the Kingdom of Spain.
About the employer:
We are engaged in short-term rental of apartments and villas on the island of Tenerife for tourists, we manage about …
Domestic staff – Education / Cleaner
Workers required in Barcelona
12€ per hour
Renovation workers with Autónomo registration needed to renovate apartments.
Finishers are welcome with a wide range of activities, they could do both electrical and plumbing, etc.
Construction / Builder
2000€ per month
We are looking for a chef in Elite restaurant of Armenian cuisine. In the Alicante area. Requirements: at least 3 years of experience, experience in cooking shish kebab and other dishes on live fire inside the restaurant in front of customers. Ability to communicate with guests, not to change the recipe, not experi…
Hotel – Shop – Restaurant / Working in a restaurant
Work on the construction of pig farms
1300€ per month
Workers needed for the construction of pig farms. Work on a permanent basis.
5 day work week (only those who work best work on Saturday)
9hourly work day.
Transportation to the place of work is carried out at the expense of the company.
Construction / Construction worker
Construction of Lloret de Mar
6€ per hour
The construction site requires workers, the ability to put the Formwork, work with an electric tool (grinder, jackhammer).
3-5 years experience in construction.
Mandatory: legal presence in Spain (citizenship or residence with the right to. ..
Construction / Locksmith
call center operator
600€ per month
A company in Barcelona requires a Russian-speaking call-center operator with knowledge of Spanish. The company operates in the field of tourism, immigration, real estate and business services.
– Reception of incoming calls, informed…
Business – Finance – Sales / Employee
Fresh fruit sorting Spain
8€ per hour
Work for women – sorting, packing, packaging of peaches, apricots, nectarines passing along the tape in the factory.
6 day work week, 8-11h/day
PAYMENT: from 8€/h
Salary on the 10th of every…
Workers / Factory worker
Company administrator required
13€ per hour
Required administrator in the company, office in Mollet de Valles (Barcelona), the company is engaged in the supply of polymer films for packaging.
Compulsory knowledge of primary accounting, logistics processes, warehouse management systems, Spanish language…
Business – Finance – Sales / Business Administrator
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A large Lithuanian transport company offers work for drivers of international flights, on refrigerators and tents with the CE category.
Cargo transportation in Europe (Spain, Germany, Belgium, France, etc.).
Salary including travel allowance 90 E…
Transport – Logistics / Driver
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A network of warehouses in Spain (Barcelona, Madrid, Alicante)
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Strikun Igor Mikolayovich, FLP | Mykolaiv, UA
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Spain, Seville.Spaghetti factory recruitment in progress
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in Malaga, full time
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