Work in Europe
Interested in working in Europe? Find flexible, short and long term positions throughout the continent a lot of which include accommodation. Search top rated recruiters for internationals and find seasonal, summer, winter and working holidays jobs in Europe. Apply today!
Seasonal, Summer & Winter Jobs in Europe
Work in Europe
We list jobs for students, travellers and those looking to settle for a new life in a different country. From farm and agriculture jobs, ski jobs, au-pair work, teaching jobs, live in care jobs, pub jobs, holiday resort work and more. There are lots of jobs and structured work programs we have listed on our website where you can gain work experience to help with a future career, from internships in places like London to working on the mainland or islands. You could be working in a city or head to tourist resorts and islands - this is totally down to your personal preference. There is no best time to apply for jobs in Europe and there are positions for summer and winter.
For citizens of EU member states, you have the freedom to work and travel in other EU member states and you will receive the same treatment and working conditions as any national of this country. We also have jobs in Europe for American, Canadian, New Zealand, South African and Australian citizens. There are lots of 2017 summer, winter and flexible work and travel programs in Europe for students, graduates and people seeking to live overseas and get paid.
Visa & Eligibility
Within the European Union, EU citizens have the right to:
- move to another EU country to work without a work permit
- enjoy equal treatment with nationals in access to employment, working conditions and all other social and tax advantages
- stay in the country even after employment has finished
As an EU national, you are free to work in any other EU country. Non-European nationals must obtain a written offer of employment before they can apply for work and residential permits.
Countries currently members of the European union, are: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Some European countries are members of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA). These countries include Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein are all are members of the free movement of workers agreement allowing work and travel opportunities within their borders.
Jobs for Non-EU Citizens in Europe
On our website we featured companies which offer jobs in Europe for international participants including students, graduates and non-students, they offer:
- Jobs in Europe for American & Canadian Citizens
- Jobs in Europe for Australian, New Zealand and South African Citizens
You usually need to pay a fee, this includes visa paperwork and job hunting assistance. If you live outside of the European Union you might also like to visit the destination country embassy website for more information on eligibility and application criteria.
Summer Jobs in Europe
Plan your next European working adventure with One World 365 and you could be living and working in some of the hottest destinations in Europe. Some of the most popular seasonal jobs in Europe can include working at hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions such as theme parks. On our website you can find jobs where you can leave the glooming weather behind and have what could be the best summer / year of your life. Well-known destinations for party goers are great places to apply for seasonal summer jobs.
There are lots of positions like working as a PR, promotion staff for clubs, work at bars, restaurants and so on. On top of that you can enjoy yourself on sun kissed beaches, have a crazy time with friends, take part in the resort activities which are jet skiing, fancy dress theme nights, karting, water parks and more. You could also apply to work at a bar, restaurant, cafe, hotel or if you are looking something different there is agriculture and farm work. Some jobs require employees to get an NIE, tax ID number, which is only available for citizens in the EU. There are lots of other opportunities too likw working on a cruise ship.
Types of jobs include:
- Land sports: tennis, aerobics Instructors
- Water sports instructors: windsurfing, dinghy, swimming, water ski, wakeboard instructor
- Maintenance, kitchen staff
- Health and beauty assistants
Working as a holiday rep in Europe might sound appealing but these jobs can be hard work and long hours. Salary and benefits can vary depending on the company, generally you can earn around £400 per week with meals and accommodation provided for free - so you should be able to save money. You will get free time and days off but don't expect a 24 hour party job, you will need to be responsible, work in teams, have good customer service and work a lot.
Sometimes it can be a 24/7 job depending on how busy things are during summer but you will also have the satisfaction of enjoying a beautiful location somewhere in Europe. For something a little different you could apply to work as a photographer at a resort taking pictures of guests throughout the day e.g. at dinner, playing golf or during activities. You will be responsible for trying to sell the photographs and usually these jobs pay a commission.
Possibly the easiest way to gain employment at a summer resort or island is to work as a PR, this is a role where you will sell things e.g. tickets, club passes, bar passes, excursions and activities. This can be very hard work and long hours patrolling beaches, hotels, high streets but also a lot of fun where you will meet lots of new people and get to work in a goof team throughout the summer. Sometimes PR's can make hundreds of pound per week but you will need to be pro-active and also be good talking with people and getting sales done. PR work is the best option for people who aren’t from countries in the EU and you will usually be paid cash in hand.
Some companies offering working holiday packages in Europe, it might seem annoying having to pay a fee but this is a good way to meet new people, get your accommodation sorted and also get help on the ground from a local rep who will advice you on how and where to apply.
Winter Jobs in Europe
If you’re toying with the idea of embarking on an adventure and trotting around the globe, but have you considered swapping exotic beaches for exhilarating ski slopes and snapping up one of the many alluring ski resort jobs available. If you’re feeling adventurous, you may wish to head a little further afield than the usual European resorts and step off the beaten track. Popular destinations include France, Austria, Norway, Italy and Switzerland - these destinations can be extremely popular and so applying early is essential. There are also ski resort jobs in countries such as Bosnia Herzegovina, Slovenia and Poland which offer jobs to internationals. While some of these destinations may be less well-known they still offer an incredible experience.
Ski resort work in Europe is very popular and there are some of the best ski resorts in the world here. If you apply to work at a resort in Europe the types of jobs available include reps, chefs, waiters, waitresses, bar staff, cleaners, spa therapists, childcare assistants, activity leaders, tour / excursion leader and reception staff. If you want to work as a ski instructor you might want to join a structured course which leads to employment - various companies offer these placements and prices can vary. So if you’re thinking of packing up and heading off to work abroad, look no further than a winter ski jobs in Europe that will set your pulse racing and allow you to take in some of the most incredible sights in the world. What are you waiting for? Book your ski season interview today by searching our featured recruiters.
Sometimes winter ski jobs can be hard work and long hours and also under-paid but remember it is not all about the money. Working a winter season in Europe is as much about the experience and changing your current routine, you will get to live in a spectacular setting and also possibly progress up the career ladder. Wages are usually paid in local currency and can depend on the job you are applying for. Some salaries especially for resort jobs can be low but this is compensated by free accommodation and meals. Also some destinations will have higher wages than others for example you will earn more in a country like Switzerland for example, but the living costs might also be higher. If you decide to work in a bar or resort remember your wages might be topped up with tips.
Most winter ski company recruiters in Europe look for bright, adaptable and outgoing people who are willing to work hard and also be fun to be around. Usually companies prefer you to have previous experience, be able to speak a foreign language, have a drivers license, have good conversational skills and a friendly manor. You will also need to be in good health, have been skiing before - don't worry if you are not a pro or if you don't have specific ski experience, usually the recruiter will just check to see if you would be the type of person who could fill a role on the ground.
When working as a rep a ski resort in Europe your tasks and responsibilities will generally include:
- Airport duties e.g. picking up customers and going with them to their chalet
- Providing welcome meetings and orientation
- Visiting hotels
- Arrange ski programs and excursions
- Selling activities and meeting sales targets
- Working in teams and talking with managers and local staff
- Reporting to the head office and sending paper work
- Ensuring the general winter programs runs smoothly
What you get paid depends on which company employs you, what position you have and what contract you sign.
How to Apply
You can apply for jobs all year round in Europe, there are late availability but most of the time you will need to apply early to get ahead of the crowd. Knowing a foreign language is not required for most positions but it is advised to learn at least some basic words and phrases to make the adaptation to working in Europe easier. Working in Europe is really popular with people from all over the world including Australians and New Zealanders, popular destinations include the UK, France, Austria, Spain and Switzerland.
You can arrange a job before leaving, there is also the option to visit a destination and search our a job locally but it's best to have something arrange before. At European holiday resorts all Nationalities are able to apply as long as your are eligible for a visa. If you are from an EU country then gaining employment is fairly easy as no visa is required but if you live outside of Europe then you might want to check eligibility. Please note for summer jobs in Europe are very popular and you will need to arrive early in the season to secure a position.
If you have ever been to work in Europe and would like to write about your experience, review a recruiter or share any recommendations please contact us.
"I worked as a resort rep for one of the big companies, it was really hard work but the experience was amazing and I would recommend it to anyone!" - Amy
"Ski Season in France, if you are thinking about it apply. It is really hard work, dont expect much rest but usually you get a free lift pass and get to go skiing in your free time - this isn't like any other job." - Jon
“I ran activities – archery, abseiling, rock climbing, quad biking, air riffles, mountain biking, kayaking, canoeing, raft building, low ropes, camp fire and some other team building activities.” - Justin
“I worked at the U2 gig at Croke Park, Dublin as a Blackberry promoter and got free pitt-passes nightly. We even walked on stage as volunteers along side Bono and the crew.” - Rob
“I spent the winter bartending in a remote lodge and split my time between riding the resort and heliskiing!” - Simon
“During my summer I was involved with organising and running activity programs such as the Mountain Biking Program. It was a great opportunity to get into some of my favorite hobbies and show passion and enthusiasm and watch the boys learn and succeed!” - Jeremy
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