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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 790,000 inhabitants, including a large number of expatriates. Valencia is the Valencia Community's capital city consisting of three provinces.

Valencia attracts many expatriates, 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, especially in industry and tourism.


Unemployment rate in Spain stood at around 24% during the economic crisis. However, Valencia managed to pull through relatively better compared to other regions. In 2015, unemployment rate dropped down by 7.7% compared to -7.44% in Castellón and -6.73% in Alicante. Its Gross Domestic Product (GDP), on the other hand, reached around 101.6 million euros, representing a 3.6% rise compared to 2014, thus making Valencia the 4th most prosperous Spanish city.

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 4.9 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 rather high unemployment rate.

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, especially if these are not available locally. 

Note that you can stil l find a job in Valencia in specific fields with a medium profile. In this case, a good command of Spanish and/or English can be a valuable asset. 

 Good to know:

Finding short term employment or internship offers can be difficult in Valencia given the number of job seekers, especially in the fields of construction, machinery, administration and secondary teaching. 

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. Finally, word of mouth can also help if you have friends or contacts on the spot. 

 Useful links: - Jobs in Valencia 
Xpat Jobs www.xpatjobs.e
The Local
Info Jobs
Valencia Employment and Training Service

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See also

Barcelona, Catalonia's economic center, attracts not only young professionals but also many foreign companies and investors looking for new opportunities.
Madrid's labor market has been facing a shortage of qualified and skilled workforce since some time. Hence, it is open to young foreign professionals.
Malaga has been one of the most affected Spanish cities by the global economic crisis. Hence its high unemployment rate during recent years.
Sevilla's economy is recovering gradually after having been seriously affected by the global economic crisis. Unemployment rate has also been in decline.
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.

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