Work in Barcelona


Are you looking for a job in Barcelona? You should first inquire on its economic situation and labor market? Here is an overview.

Barcelona, which is found in the Barcelona province, is Spain's second largest city. It is also Catalonia's administrative and economic center. Its population amounts to some 1,621,000 inhabitants, including a large number of expatriates, particularly from European countries. Barcelona is also one of the European Union's most densely populated cities while continuing to attract students, young professionals, as well as foreign investors from across the globe.

In fact, Barcelona is a land of opportunities for young professionals wishing to integrate into its labor market. Moreover, local authorities have doubled their efforts over the past few years in order to make the labor market more dynamic and competitive.


Barcelona is Catalonia's most developed city, being Spain's most important economic centers. It has one of the country's biggest airports and one of the Mediterranean's main sea ports. Barcelona's economy is primarily based on the automotive field, services, industry, electronics, chemicals, textile, food and agriculture. Subsidiaries of automobile companies Nissan and Volkswagen, as well as other brands such as Mango, Decathlon, IBM, IT, Carrefour, etc., are located there.

Barcelona is also considered to be a Spanish investment haven. It features among the 30 global destinations for investment or business creation. These efforts are supported by local authorities, including the municipality of Barcelona which continuously invests in innovative projects in order to attract more foreign companies.

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Barcelona also hosts an innovative zone, including university campuses, research and training institutions, as well as companies specializing in information technology and communication, design and bio-medicine, etc.

Labor market

Barcelona is known for being one of the cheapest Spanish cities. Hence, unemployment rate is rather low compared to other cities. In late 2013, Barcelona had some 633,832 job seekers, with a 1.7% decrease in its unemployment rate.

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Despite its pleasant atmosphere and the vibrant lifestyle, Barcelona is also the city where salaries are the lowest.

However, foreigners are likely to be hired in various sectors such as the industrial, automotive, information and communication technology, research, chemicals, financial services fields, etc. Health care and education fields are also open to qualified and skilled foreigners.

Find a job

You can start your job search by checking out job offers on the Internet and in classified ads in local newspapers. But you can also send spontaneous job applications to companies operating in the region, particularly if you are looking for an internship. Otherwise, you can seek help from a recruitment agency.

 Useful links: - Job offers 
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