Work in Valencia


There are various job opportunities for expatriates in Valencia. Find an overview of its labor market in this article.

Valencia, located in the East of Spain, welcomes foreigners from across the globe every year. It is the third biggest and most important Spanish city with a population of some 797,000 inhabitants, including a large number of expatriates. Valencia is the Valencia Community's capital city consisting of three provinces.

Valencia is very conducive to expatriation, not only for its historical, cultural and architectural heritage but also for the numerous employment opportunities it offers. Hence, finding a job in Valencia should not be difficult if you have the skills required by the local labor market.


In 2013, the Valencia community showed a satisfactory growth rate with a 0.8% increase compared to the previous year. Its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was at 97,330,000 euros. Thus, Valencia ranked fourth among the autonomous Spanish communities.

Agriculture on its own makes a 80% contribution to the Valencia economy. In fact, Valencia is famous for its citrus, fruits and vegetables production. Trade, industry, textile, tourism, events are also considered as important economic pillars. Craft, on its part, is quite widespread.

Valencia authorities have also been attracting foreign investors with innovative incentives in order to encourage the development of small and medium enterprises in the region.

Labor market

The Valencia Community's population amounts to some 5.1 million inhabitants, among which 860,000 are foreigners. These include expatriates from neighboring countries as well as from Spanish-speaking countries such as Ecuador and Colombia. This shows the labor market's openness to expatriates despite the high unemployment rate which stood at 12.14% in late 2013.

Expat jobs are available in many fields such as industry, financial services, trade, tourism and hospitality, real estate, etc. Moreover, big national and international companies operating in the region are constantly looking for skilled and qualified labor.

 Good to know:

Finding short term employment or internship offers can be difficult in Valencia given the number of job seekers.

Find a job

Checking out classified ads in local newspapers and job websites will be the first step during your job search. You may as well register with a recruitment agency if you are already on the spot. Also consider sending spontaneous job applications to a few companies operating in the region.

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Unemployment rate in the Canary Islands is quite high since the world economic crisis. However, foreigners having strong language skills may be hired.
Tenerife Island and Santa Cruz de Tenerife, its capital city, are known to be tourist destinations. But there are also jobs opportunities in many fields.
Sevilla's economy is recovering gradually after having been seriously affected by the global economic crisis. Unemployment rate stood at 33.86% in 2013.
Malaga has been one of the most affected Spanish cities by the global economic crisis. Hence its high unemployment rate during recent years.
Madrid's labor market has been facing a shortage of skilled and competent workforce since some time. Hence, it is open to young foreign professionals.

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