WORKING ABROAD / AUG. 05, 2013
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How to Move to Spain for a Job

Spain is considered to be one of the most powerful European Member states. Despite the economic crisis Spain remains one of the top countries for job opportunity overall in fields such as tourism, environment and industry.  It is also widely regarded for excellent working conditions and high standards of living. The capital city Madrid is home to many expats who have relocated in search for job prospects. However, Madrid is not the city that is worth considering in Spain.

Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia and the second largest city in Spain, with more than 1,620,943 people. Barcelona is today one of the world’s leading touristic, economic, trade fair/exhibitions and cultural sports centers, and its influence in commerce, education, entertainment, fashion and science contribute to its status of one of the world’s major global cities. It is the major cultural and economic center in southwestern Europe, 24th in the world (after Zurich and before Frankfurt).

With over 3,000 hours of sunshine a year, Spain has a predominantly warm climate. As such, it is one of the warmest countries in Europe. Spain has a very diverse regional climate owing to the differing landscapes and geography.

Before packing your suitcase and flying to this sunshine destination you need to know some of the employment rights and requirements to work in Spain.

Legal requirements to visit or stay in Spain might depend on your nationality, reason for entry, intended duration of stay and even income. "Getting resident" is very straightforward for citizens of the EU.

The process to get a VISA is the same one than in any other European country. There is four types of visas:

  • Non-qualified
  • Qualified
  • Highly qualified
  • Self employed

There is a demand of skilled foreign workers within the following industries:

  • Export area managers
  • IT
  • Legal and finance

If you think about moving to Spain just make sure you have a beginner’s level of Spanish. At work everybody will talk in Spanish and you will definitely need it for your daily life.

Spain must be this adventure worth living!

 

 

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