Working in Spain
Unemployment is currently very high in Spain with approximately 23% of the population being unemployed. and it is not easy at the best of times to find work in a foreign country. Being able to speak the language of course will make things considerably easier. Having a job offer before you arrive in the country an at least a working knowledge of the language is probably the best course of action.
If you are planning on using your professional qualifications to obtain work once you arrive in Spain then it would be best to ensure they are recognised by Spain before you leave your own country. The Ministry of Sport, Education and Culture will provide a certificate of homologisacion which will cost between 140-180€, depending on the type of qualification. Obtaining the certificate can take approximately 18 months so allow plenty of time when applying for it.
Teaching English as a foreign language is a popular choice for expats and there is still quite a demand for it as a high percentage of Spanish have little or no knowledge of English as it has not always been widely taught in Spain, as it has in other European countries.You could consider teaching in a school or summer camp but of course would need a formal qualification to do this. Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and English as a Second Language (ESL) are both recognised certificates.
Teaching jobs will be advertised in the UK via the Job Centre as well as extensively by companies using the internet or newspapers and magazines. You should also consider using the service of employment agencies who may be able to find you temporary work whilst you hunt for something more permanent. Teaching English privately is also worth considering. Advertise for pupils in local press as well as restaurants and bars.
Before signing any work contract you should seek legal advice from an employment lawyer or trade union representative who will advise on your basic rights. You will need a NIE Number when signing your work contract so you can pay your taxes. Your employer may be able to assist you in making your NIE application but this may take some time. However if you need your NIE number quickly then we can at NIE in 1 Day can help you submit your NIE application in just a couple of hours, meaning you could start your job the same day if you needed to!
Seasonal or summer work is more readily available in Spain and if you are from another EU country you can work without a visa and will only need your NIE number for this. Again, some knowledge of Spanish would be beneficial but there are still opportunities for non-speakers. Jobs are available in all aspects of the tourism industry such as in bars, restaurants, hotels or for travel companies. Fruit picking or working on building sites are other popular choices. Seasonal/temporary jobs are often advertised in newspapers, at the job centre or on-line.
If you are going to be living and working in Spain for more than 3 months, then you should apply for your NIE number and certificado. Contact us at NIE in 1 Day for more details of how we can assist you with making your NIE application.