Getting a Job in Spain

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Earning a living in Spain 

Finding Work in Spain

Finding a job in Spain is not as easy as it is in the UK - the Spanish unemployment rate is still relatively high, especially outside the main cities and in Andalucia. There is however a reasonable amount of work to be found in the tourist areas of Spain, especially if they can also speak Spanish well. Bar and shop work in those areas is also available for non-Spanish speaking expats, but you will need to start your job search at or before easter time. It is also relatively easy to find jobs in the construction and IT industries.

The best way to prepare for a job in Spain is to learn Spanish. Additionally, it is worth doing some research into the differences in pay and working practices between your country and Spain.

LEGAL REQUIREMENTS-IDENTITY NUMBER AND SOCIAL SECURITY

To be able to work here, you will need a Número de Identidad de Extranjeros (NIE) and a social security number (seguridad social). The ease with which you can get these will depend on your nationality. If you're a citizen of the EU, you can get your NIE in one morning (although it will almost certainly include some queuing, so take a good book or be prepared to chat to others in the queue). See the Ministry of the Interior link for details of where and when to go, and what you need to take with you.

The social security number is obtained by going to your local office of the Seguridad Social (www.seg-social.es); you need to submit form TA.1, which is downloadable from the Seguridad Social website, where you can also find a list of all the offices in Barcelona.
Working papers for non-EU citizens are much harder to come by. If you can find a company to sponsor you, that's the easiest way to get them, but even that can take several goes and there's not a guarantee that, in the end, you'll be successful.

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Working as a Nurse / Health Professional in Spain

For all permanent public sector jobs in Spain, you will need to take the oposiciones - public exams which are held every year and for which places are limited. However, you can get short-term contract work, as long as you do the following:

  • Get a copy of your registration certificate
  • Get an official translation of the above
  • Contact the Ministerio de Educacion y Ciencias for an official certificate.
  • Register at the bolsa de trabajo at your local hospital

Bear in mind that the above can take up to a year

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Construction/Catering Work

Spain is currently experiencing a building boom and so unskilled jobs in the construction industry are relatively easy to come by, as long as you can speak enough Spanish to take instructions. Likewise, in tourist areas, the catering industry employs a lot of ex-pats. For both types of work, you should enquire locally since many jobs are never advertised. For catering or bar work, start looking just before Easter.

Other jobs in Spain

See these pages for more information:
Au Pair Work in Spain
Teaching English in Spain
Being a Freelancer in Spain
Also see our Jobs in Spain forum

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Other useful sites:

Laboris
Large Spanish employment agnecy

Sur in English Employment ads
Classified job ads from the Costa del Sol's leading ex-pat newspaper

Costa Blanca News Employment ads
The ex-pat paper for the Costa Blanca - contains some employment ads in the classified section

Tenerife News
As above, for Tenerife

Spanish Yellow Pages (site in Spanish)
Select your area, find Spanish companies in your line of work, and send them a CV!

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