Working in Spain

Working in Spain by N i c o l a

This article was written by Global Graduates, published on 12th May 2010 and has been read 8187 times.

Surface area: 506,000 km²
Population: 46.77 Million
Largest cities: Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Seville, Zaragoza, Malaga, Murcia
Unemployment rate: 22.7% (Apr '15)
Working hours: different to the rest of Europe. The typical Spanish working day tends to be from around 8.30am or 9am to around 1.30pm, followed by a siesta, and then from 4.30pm or 5pm to around 8pm.

1. Average costs

  • 50 m² flat: €350 - 700 per month 
  • Loaf of bread: €0.80 
  • Cinema: €6 
  • Meal in a local restaurant: €6-12

2. Where are the jobs?

  • Medicine 
  • Engineering 
  • Catering 
  • IT 
  • Tourism industry

3. Tips and advice

  1. You will need copies of all your documents (passport, birth certificate, driving license, diplomas etc)
  2. You must always supply a CV in Spanish with a photo attached to it and a cover letter. Here's how to write your CV and cover letter in Spanish.
  3. You should avoid abbreviations on your CV at all costs
  4. You should state your Spanish level - we recommend getting a language passport from Europass.

4. Useful Spanish websites

5. Spanish Newspapers

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