Finding a Job in Spain

Finding a job in Spain can be an interesting and sometimes frustrating pastime. Working in Spain has its benefits but can take some getting used to when coming from other European countries and especially from the US. It is often said that we either “live to work” or we “work to live” and in places like London and New York terms like “another day another dollar” is representative of the live to work ethic.

Working in Spain. The work attitude:

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The attitude in Spain is very different and generally speaking, people work to live or because they have to rather than to build a career and climb the professional ladder. In a study in 2015 nearly 85% of Spanish people interviewed said that they would like to work for the civil service as it is usually a job for life where you hardly ever get fired and there are lots of public holidays and paid sick leave etc.

This attitude has been partly responsible for what is often referred to as the “manaña manaña” syndrome (or tomorrow, tomorrow in English), where the general attitude is “why do today what you can put off to tomorrow” rather than the conventional “don’t put off to tomorrow what you can do today.”

Finding a job in Spain; Salaries.

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So having established that the general work ethic is somewhat different to other countries what is the best way of finding a job in Spain, and what sort of jobs are available in Spain for non Spanish speaking workers?

Another key factor in Spain is that the average annual salaries are significantly lower than most major European and US economies, so it is important when looking for a job in Spain to take the salary factor into account. In Andalucia (where you find cities like Malaga, Fuengirola and Marbella) for example many salaries are below the 1000 Euros a month level.

A recent report suggests that workers in Andalucia are among the most poorly paid in Spain, according to official statistics. Four of the five Spanish provinces with the lowest average salary can be found in the region, while Malaga also appears near the bottom.

Statistics released by Spain’s tax office showed Jaen at the bottom, with average salaries at €13,040, compared to a national average of €19,102.

Huelva (€13,132) and Almeria (€14,033) also appeared in the bottom three, while Cordoba (€14,253) was 44th in the survey of 48 provinces.

It also emerged that around 40% of Malaga’s 225,000 workers were found to be earning below the minimum wage of €641.40 a month. This figure is even higher in other provinces.

None of Andalucía’s eight provinces appeared in the top ten of the list, which was topped by Madrid, Barcelona and Ceuta.

Finding a job in Spain is easier when you get help:

Looking for work and finding a job in Spain is not always easy but finding a job that is well paid is even harder.

So when looking for that ideal job in Spain it is best to go to a professional job finder agency that offers a professional placement service to its candidates. Many agencies these days do not even want to meet candidates and do everything based on the candidates CV which can be highly subjective and misleading for potential employers. It is hard to imagine buying any kind of product that may cost many thousands of Euros a year without actually seeing it, so it is even more mystifying why an employer would hire a new member of staff without meeting them first.

Finding a job in Spain does not need to be a harrowing and difficult exercise if you can find the right recruitment agency that provides a first class jobfinder recruitment service.

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Working in Spain, why it’s worth it.

modern Spanish villa with pool

Working in Spain does have some major benefits of course. The country enjoys better weather than most other nations, is far less overpopulated than many, and traffic jams are almost nonexistent throughout most of the country. The quality of life is generally much higher and the people generally live longer, probably in large part due to their relaxed manana manana attitude. They work to live because they love life and want to make the most of it which is  a significant part of their culture.

So if all of that sounds appealing and you want to find a new job in Spain just go for it and never look back!