Moving To Spain - Finding Jobs in Spain
Many people travel to Spain and are enticed to move to Spain. Finding work and jobs however is not easy we look at the job market in Spain for English-speaking people.
With all the economic difficulties facing many people today it is with little wonder that many people have decided to leave the United Kingdom for fairer shores in sunny Spain but moving to Spain is not as easier as it looks..
What better place to start a new life only a couple of hours by plane away from home, where there already is a large Spanish ex-pat community and therefore perhaps readily available employment in many different shapes and forms. Many Brits have bought second homes on the sunny Costas and many also retired here, so it is with little wonder that Spain is the premier destination for people to relocate.
It is even possible to become a commuter between the U.K. and Spain, as there are many cheap airlines servicing the international airports of Valencia, Alicante, Murcia, Almeria, Marbella to all the major U.K. airports. It is quite possible to be on the plane in the early morning on Monday to work in the U.K. while your family is living in Spain and then come home to them at the weekends.
As mentioned before as there are many expats living on the Costas there are all sorts of services they require such as all trades to do with working on their homes i.e. plumbers, electricians, gardeners, tilers, painters pool cleaners, the cleaning of villas itself, in fact as there are so many villas up for rent in the summer months, and for sale, real estate, and villa maintenance.
As the Costas rely heavily on tourism, with all the villas, apartments, hotels and restaurants of course there are many jobs available in the catering industry too.
One of the things to bear in mind though when moving to Spain that the wages here amongst the lowest in Europe and the cost of living is not much lower than in the U.K.. You can expect to earn 75% of what you are currently earning.
Because of this factor there are many people having to resort to working illegally without a contract i.e. black workers. If you are thinking of working in the catering industry one should also be aware that this line of work is mainly seasonal. As soon as the tourists leave you may be without a job.
The season generally starts April or Easter whichever comes first and ends at the end of October. The hours too are not family friendly with a long siesta in the afternoon, which at least you can spend at the beach and enjoy the sunshine.
All employers have to pay social security contributions which are pretty steep. Competition amongst prospective employees is fierce. It is also possible to go the self-employed route where you also have to bear in mind the running costs of your prospective business, the social security and Gestor is in excess of 300 Euros a month. The IVA or VAT is payable from the very first Euro that you earn. It is currently at 16% but is due to go up to 18%. This is payable every three months.
Making the move to Spain is a dream for many but you CAN make it a reality. The main thing is to be aware of how hard and challenging finding good paying jobs in Spain can be and so be realistic. It may well be you will have to change your career direction and be willing to take what you can get if you seriously want to move to Spain.
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Mark Eastwood lives on the Costa Blanca coast of Spain and is the publisher of http://www.costablancauncovered.com/ The website for tourists visiting Spain as well as residents and people considering moving to Spain and the Costa Blanca.
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