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The Basque Country's economy is very developed and its labor market is particularly dynamic, offering various opportunities to foreigners.

Stretching over some 7,234 km², the Basque Country is one of Spain's autonomous communities. It is divided into three territories, namely Araba/Alava, Guipuzcoa and Vizcaya with a population of some 2.2 million inhabitants. Among all the major Spanish cities, the Basque Country receives the largest number of visitors and expatriates every year, especially due to its shared borders with France.

The Basque Country has its own economic, fiscal, educational and industrial structures. Hence, it attracts young professionals seeking job opportunities, as well as foreign investors.

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Biscay is the Basque Country's most densely populated region followed by Gipuzkoa and Araba/Alava. Moreover, in 2014, 6.3% of the Basque population consisted of foreigners.

Economy

The Basque Country is considered to be an economic power in itself as it has one of the most developed Spanish economies despite the world economic crisis, thus making it the most important Spanish region after Madrid, with a continuously growing Gross Domestic Product (GDP). In fact, the Basque Country is one of the most prosperous European Union cities. Bilbao for its part is known to be the region's financial and economic center, hosting the Bilbao Stock Exchange as well as several Spanish and European banks.

Industry, services, trade, tourism, construction, agriculture and fishing are the region's main economic pillars. Industry, on its own, makes a 32% contribution to the Basque GDP especially since local authorities are encouraging more foreign investment in the region. Steel, textile, aviation, automotive, medical, pharmaceutical and crafts are the main industrial fields.

Over the years, tourism has also become one of the main economic pillars, not only for its famous tourist areas such as San Sebastian, Bilbao, Pamplona, etc., but also for its tourist facilities and various leisure activities. Fisheries and agriculture are also quite active despite modernization. In fact, the region owes its fame to the cultivation of corn and vines, apples and cherries, as well as for the production of wine, cheese and many bio products.

Labor market

Unemployment rate in 2015 was at 13.8%, that is lower than the Spanish average. By the end of the 3rd quarter of 2015, the region had nearly 155,400 unemployed, including 14.71% of expatriates. Hence, the Basque Country's labor market is more open to local and foreigner manpower compared to other Spanish cities. Most jobs available are in industry, construction, trade and services fields. Those having strong language skills are more likely to be hired in the tourism, hospitality and catering fields.

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Some 49% of Basque companies do not require foreign expertise. However, companies like Grupo Arteche, Aernova, Euskaltel, Gamesa, Iberdrola, Ibermática, Mondragón Corporación, Sener, etc, often require qualified and skilled manpower.

Basque citizens, for their part, are mostly hired in the metallurgy, food, agriculture, livestock and construction fields.

Find a job

Consider sending spontaneous job applications to major companies operating in the region. You can also browse job offers on the internet and in classified ads in local newspapers.

Note that highly qualified professionals, post-doctoral and researchers for instance, are the most welcome in the Basque Country.

 Useful links:

Expat.com - Jobs in the Basque Country 
Basque Country Employment Service www.lanbide.net
Opcion Empleo www.opcionempleo.com
Mil Anuncios www.milanuncios.com
Monster buscartrabajo.monster.es
Accion Trabajo acciontrabajo.es
Tip Top Job www.tiptopjob.com

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