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Do you wish to settle in Catalonia? Wondering how to proceed to find a job? Get useful advice for your job search in this article.

Catalonia is one of Spain's biggest and most important autonomous communities with a population of more than 7.5 million inhabitants with more than 15% of expatriates. It has long been an economic power on its own. But over the years, Spain has started to recover from the world economic crisis effects, attempting to take over. If you wish to settle there, finding a job should be quite easy. Jobs are available in various fields as the unemployment rate has gone down to 17.5% in 2015.

You should definitely take the time to understand its economy and its labor market's requirements before starting your job search. Make sure you have appropriate skills and thus become a valuable asset for the local economy. 


Catalonia's economy is surprisingly dynamic despite the global economic crisis effects. Indeed, the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) amounted to some € 28 million euros in 2014, thus making Catalonia's one of the most prosperous regions in Spain. In fact, Catalonia's economy is mainly driven by industry, including food production, electronics, chemicals, automotive manufacturing, aerospace, textile as well as agriculture. You are also likely to find many small and medium enterprises. 

Service sectors and construction also make a significant contribution to the region's GDP. In fact, the services sector accounts for more than 81.3% of Catalonia's economic activity while industry accounts for 6.3%. As regards the construction field, it accounts for some 12.5% of the region's economic activity. Note that local authorities greatly encourage the creation of small and medium enterprises.

Over the years, tourism has embedded among Catalonia's main economic pillars, being one of Spain's most visited regions. Tourist arrivals exceeded 16.8 million in 2014.

Labor market

Unemployment rate in Catalonia stood at 17.5% in 2015 against 24% in the whole of Spain, being the highest in Europe. In fact, the region had 659,600 registered job seekers. But expatriates can still be hired in particular fields such as industry, trade, services, tourism, health, food, etc., given the decline in unemployment rate. 

 Good to know:

Medical specialists, care-giving, nursing, accounting, management, teaching, driving and administrative secretaries are the most sought after jobs in Catalonia. On the other hand, expatriates having strong language skills are more likely to be hired.

Find a job

Full-time, part time and contract jobs are available in Catalonia. If you are already on the spot, you can start by registering with a recruitment agency. You may also check out job offers on the internet and classified ads in local newspapers.

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