Work in Madrid


Madrid's labor market remains quite open to foreign professionals despite its high unemployment rate. Find out more in this article.

Madrid, the Spanish capital city, is Spain's main expat destination. Every year, Madrid welcomes thousands of expatriates seeking new career opportunities. Hence, finding a job or an internship there should not be difficult. The city has a dynamic economy while its labor market is open to skilled foreigners. In fact, Madrid offers many job opportunities in various sectors.

But before anything else, you are advised to inquire on its labor market and on procedures to follow to be able to work in Spain.


Apart from being Spain's biggest and most densely populated city with more than 3.2 million inhabitants, Madrid is also known to be the country's economic center. In fact, its economy has gradually recovered from the world economic crisis, its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) reaching € 183,292,000 in 2013. Growth rate increased by 1.2% compared to the previous year. Figures are expected to rise in the following years due to the efforts of Madrid authorities in order to revive the economy.

Madrid's economy is primarily based on the service sector due to deindustrialization. Its main economic pillars are financial services, business, industry, construction, food, high technology, electronics, information technology and communication, automotive and shipbuilding. Agriculture, meanwhile, is less important for some years now.

Madrid is also one of Europe's main tourist hubs. In fact, tourism has become another important economic pillar due to various related activities including leisure, cultural events, exhibitions and conferences, etc.

Labor market

Madrid's unemployment rate is very high for a few years, reaching 20.05% in 2013. However, it has been facing a shortage of skilled and competent workforce. Thus, skilled foreigners are likely to be hired in various sectors, especially in health care, information and communication technology, industry, automotive and shipbuilding fields, as well as financial services.

Jobs are also available in call centers, tourism and in the food sector.

Find a job

Job offers in Madrid are available on the internet and in classified ads in local newspapers. You can also spot a few companies operating in the region and send them spontaneous applications.

If you are already in Madrid, you may also seek the assistance of a recruitment agency.

 Useful links: - Job offers 
Madrid’s job portal
Linked In
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