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. 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 despite Catalonia's unemployment rate.
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.
Catalonia's economy is surprisingly dynamic despite the global economic crisis effects. Its growth rate stood at 0.7% in 2013 with a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) amounting to some € 22 million. In fact, Catalonia's economy is mainly driven by industry, including food production, electronics, chemicals, automotive manufacturing, aerospace, textile as well as agriculture.
Service sectors and construction also make a significant contribution to the region's GDP. In fact, the services sector accounts for more than 65% of Catalonia's economic activity while industry accounts for 15.5%. As regards the construction field, it accounts for some 8.3% 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 13.7 million in 2013.
Unemployment rate in Catalonia stood at 23% in 2013 against 27% in the whole of Spain, being the highest in Europe. In fact, the region had 633.832 registered job seekers. But expatriates can still be hired in particular fields such as industry, trade, services, tourism, health, food, etc.
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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.