If you’re thinking of moving to the Costa Blanca the chances are that you’ll be looking for a job.
The employment market in the area currently sits slightly above the national rate at just over 18%.
However, the jobless rate varies throughout Costa Blanca resorts from below 10% in small towns and resorts to the south of Alicante to over 20% in Elche.
This article looks at the types of jobs available and how to find a job on the Costa Blanca.
Necessary qualifications for a job on the Costa Blanca
The qualifications you’ll need depend on the job in question. Some job opportunities require no formal qualifications other than a basic school leaver’s certificate (graduado escolar in Spanish).
Some, on the other hand, demand the highest available.
If you’re planning to work on the Costa Blanca, your chances of getting a job improve if you have language skills. Speaking Spanish isn’t a must, but you open more doors to jobs if you do.
In an international society with a predominance of Northern Europeans, other languages are a definite plus.
Paperwork for jobs on the Costa Blanca
When you’re offered a job on the Costa Blanca certain paperwork is involved depending on your nationality:
If you’re from any of the 28 countries in the EU, you automatically have the right to work in Spain and don’t need a work permit.
The paperwork involved in the contract and signing up for social security and tax is relatively quick and straight forward.
If you’re from a country that doesn’t belong to the EU, you need a work permit to get a job on the Costa Blanca.
The paperwork involved in obtaining the visa – you should apply before you arrive in Spain – and your contract is extensive. For specific details, contact the nearest Spanish consulate in your home country.
Main sectors for jobs on the Costa Blanca
Jobs on the Costa Blanca tend to fall into one of the following categories:
The Spanish job market is made up mostly of employment in the services sector and the Costa Blanca is no exception.
Jobs abound in bars, restaurants and shops, and there are also plenty of opportunities in marketing companies. Depending on the company and location, the ability to speak Spanish may not be a requirement.
One of the largest engines behind the Costa Blanca economy is tourism so it’s no surprise to find that lots of job openings in this sector.
Many offer temporary employment – for example, during the summer months only – although permanent positions also exist. Language skills are a must and most employees in this sector are at least bi-lingual in Spanish and one other language.
Like the Costa del Sol, the Costa Blanca has a lot of openings in sales.
These include jobs in property and investment companies based on the Costa Blanca where there’s also a number of call centres. Jobs tend to be telesales only and language skills area a real bonus.
The Costa Blanca property market link to article on the CB property market ranks among the busiest in Spain and interest from foreign buyers is currently huge.
Available jobs range from property finders and estate agents to marketing for property companies. In the majority of jobs, you’ll need language skills, particularly in English and Scandinavian languages.
English language teaching
The Spanish are keen learners of English and lots of private academies on the Costa Blanca cater for them.
A job teaching English usually requires a basic TEFL qualification and some experience.
Where to find a job on the Costa Blanca
The following resources may be useful to find a job on the Costa Blanca:
Online job portals – several advertise jobs opportunities specifically for the Costa Blanca area such as:
You can find a list of the main websites for jobs across Spain here.
Expat newspapers – the main Costa Blanca expat newspapers publish adverts for jobs in their
Classifieds section, some of which are available online:
Costa Blanca News published on Fridays for €2.
Costa Blanca People available free on Tuesdays in the southern Costa Blanca.
Euroweekly available weekly free.
The Post published free weekly in two editions – Costa Blanca North and Costa Blanca South.
Tell your network – let everyone know you’re looking for a job. In Spain, word-of- mouth is often the best way to uncover opportunities.
Visit in person – call in on companies and businesses where you’d like to work and hand in your CV. Jobseekers regularly do this in Spain and although the company might not have a vacancy when you visit, they’ll keep your details on file for the future.