Work in Spain

People come from all the world to seek employment in Spain and it is easy to see why with world famous cities on the mainland and also positions on the stunning islands. 

There are lots of different jobs available to English speakers and international staff like working as an au pair, teaching, summer rep or in the hospitality and tourism industry. Applying is a great way to live in spectacular setting, see some of the best white sandy beaches, improve your language skills and also meet people from all over the world!

Spain is a very large destination so you should research locations to see what appeals to you, if you are going to base yourself somewhere for a long period it's best you choose somewhere you will be happy with. Most local people in regions throughout the country also speak at least basic English which can make adapting to the new culture easier.

If going to work abroad in Spain appeals to you, view our guide and apply today.


Top Reasons to Work in Spain

  • A wide selection of local and international companies
  • Friendly locals and 
  • Sunny weather and a warm climate
  • Meet other international workers and business contacts
  • Improve your language skills (you could combine experiences and book a Spanish course in Spain)


Best Places to Work in Spain

You can find positions all through the country


Jobs on the Spanish Mainland

Cities on the mainland offer culture, history, bars and lots of places to see. A lot of people choose touristy areas like Alicante which is an expat hotspot. You will usually need to seek out employment in these places locally. Costa Blanca and the Costa del Sol are a popular destination for British touristy and because of this there are various jobs available here.


Work in the Canary & Balearic Islands

A stunning array of islands with a great climate which include Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro, La Graciosa, Alegranza, Isla de Lobos, Montaña Clara, Roque del Este and Roque del Oeste. Playa de Las Americas is a popular place to work, close to the beach with lots of bars. Lanzarote - A rock island which is a quiter than the other islands - more relaxing anyway. Gran Canaria - A very relaxed island with a modern town and scenic beaches.


How to Get a Job in Spain

If you are from an EU country you can work in Spain without the need for any visa or paperwork. Spain has a working arrangement with both New Zealand and Canada making it easier for citizens from these countries to gain employment here. To work in Spain you might need to know the local language for some jobs, for example being an au-pair but for most jobs you won't need to be fluent.

It is recommend if you are interested in working here to learn Spanish in Spain or at least pick up some basic phrases, this will really help you whilst living there. Also you might also want to check the weather reports, it might not be an idea to travel to Spain during the peak time summer if you are not a fan of hot weather.


Jobs in Spain for Foreigners & Non-EU Citizens 

Are you interested to find job vacancies in Spain but not sure if you are eligible as you are not from a country in the EU?  We get lots of enquires from people from all around the world including countries like India and South Africa who are keen to secure employment in Spain but as you might have realised this isn't that simple. 

There are several way how you can find jobs in Spain as a non-EU citizen. Some companies offer jobs in Spain for Indian, South African and other nationalities but to get hired you will need to be eligible for a work visa or have a company offer you a position. 

Our best advice is to contact the recruiters listed on our website who will be able to help you secure work legally in the country.


Summer Jobs in Spain

Spain attractions millions of tourists every year and there are resorts which need staff dotted all around the country.

The islands are some of out top destinations to live and find work, and here you can work in tourism, resort, hospitality and customer support. Most summer jobs are flexible and not fixed to a long term contract, sometimes you might need previous experience but generally when working in a bar, cafe or restaurant you will just need to make a good impression when you apply.

Some summer jobs in places like the Canary Islands can be a great way to enjoy the sunshine and country, but sometimes the jobs can be hard work and tiring if you are working night shifts in a bar or club. Also arriving late in summer can mean finding employment more difficult due to the amount of people wanting to work here.


Summer Camp Jobs in Spain

If you enjoy being around children you might like to work at a summer camp in Spain, there are summer programs like Pueblo Ingles which has been running since 2004 and offers activity camps for teenagers who come round all around Spain and the world to take part. For this role you will probably need some experience in this field of work and also need to be full of energy, friendly, caring and out going. The aim of the camps is for students to learn Spanish and also have a lot of fun!

You will act as a counselor and be in charge of groups of children with groups of around 8 to 10 children, there will also be other local and international workers helping. There are usually structured games, sports, theatre, activities and learning sessions and the best thing is you will get paid! Camps usually run from June to July and you will need to be free for the duration of this period. Locations for the camps can vary, usually you will fly to Madrid and then the camps are in more rural villages. Children are usually aged 7 to 17. Sometimes this can be a 24/7 role but you will also get free time. 

To apply you will need to be aged 18 and over, be a native English speaker, be from an EU country. If you are planning to work for onger than 3 months you will need to get a Spanish ID number (NIE). If recruited you will get a formal contract and then have full training to get you prepared for summer. The salary can vary and you will be informed of this prior to joining a placement. You will need to apply online inadvance with a CV and cover letter, if they like your application you will get a phone interview and then start dates.


Salary for Working in Spain

The wages you get really depends on what company you work for, where you are based and how many hours you work. Spain has been affected by the global economic crisis but generally holiday and seasonal positions are unaffected. Don't expect to get paid a fortune for a summer position - sometimes you could get around 800 euros per month which will be enough to cover costs and also leave free money to enjoy yourself.


Cost of Living

Cities like Barcelona and Madrid are more expensive to live in than places like Alicante and Murcia, generally you can expect to have outgoing of around 500 Euros per month. 

  • A one bedroom apartment in a city center costs around 400 - 600 Euros
  • 1 bottle of water us around 1 Euro
  • 1 way ticket on a bus or public transport costs around 1 Euro
  • A meal out can cost around 8 Euros