Although the cost of living in Spain is lower than in many central and northern European countries. To live here, you still need an income from a pension or from a job. Would like to start a new life living and working in Spain?
A reasonable level of English and Spanish are essential for finding jobs in Spain.
Citizens of EU countries can apply for jobs without a work or residence permit. You are only obliged to register your residence at the local Town Hall. The previously required "Tarjeta de Residencia" (residence permit) is no longer required. Nevertheless, it can be useful under certain circumstances, or even be required. Because if your annual income exceeds 20,000 euros, you are obliged to apply for the "Tarjeta de Residencia" because you have to submit an income tax return to the Spanish government.
It is important to be realistic about the earning opportunities in Spain. Traditional professions salaries are lower than in central and northern Europe. Therefore, many people prefer to become self-employed and develop their own businesses. A good business idea, well planned can be successful. If you have an idea we can offer you a feasibility study of the likely success of a new venture in Spain.
If you would you like to move to the Costa Blanca and begin a new career, we recommend that you contact one of our business advisers who can help you with the job search or advice on starting a new business. The best opportunities are for the self-employed.
Job offers can be found in the major Spanish newspapers like El Pais and El Mundo, in the regional press and at the Spanish “job centre”.
Jobs in Spain can be found on the following platforms and job boards:
The Spanish “job centre”
Search engine for jobs in Spain
One of Spain's biggest online boards for jobs
The search engine for jobs in the renowned daily newspaper El País
(Offers in Spanish and English)
Even temporary employment from agencies play a significant role in the Spanish labor market. Here jobs are introduced for free in almost all industries. The addresses of the two biggest time-employment promoters are:
Everyone who is self-employed in Spain, has to log in to the "Ministerio de Trabajo " (Ministry of Labour) and " Asuntos Sociales " (Office for Social Affairs). Every self-employed has to pay a social security contribution for health insurance, pension and unemployment. This is at least 225 euros per month.
If there are many risks in your business, we suggest you to form a S.L. It is a limited liability company and has the advantage that your liability is limited to the assets of the company. The required capital is about 3,000 euros. The sole shareholder company is permitted. There are some costs for legal advice, notary fees and registration in the commercial register, and a tax of 1% of the capital share.