Valencia, located on the East of Spain, welcomes foreigners from across the globe. It is the third biggest and most important Spanish city with a population of some 786,000 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.
In early 2017 the unemployment rate in Spain stood at around 20% due to the economic crisis. However, over the past years Valencia managed to pull through slightly better compared to other regions at around 18%. Its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth, on the other hand, reached around 3.3% in 2016, however projected figures are expected to fall to around 2.2% by the end of 2017.
The Valencian Community has a diversified economy. In 2015 the service sector represented 73% of the regional GDP, while the industrial sector contributed 19% including automotive, food & beverages, building materials, textile and chemical sectors. Tourism represented about 13%.
Trade and repair as well as events are also considered as important economic pillars. Craft, on its part, is quite widespread. The region accounts for almost 95% of the country’s ceramic tiles production and is strong in footwear and furniture production. The Agri-food industry contributes almost 7% of the national production and 14% of the country’s exports. In fact, Valencia is famous for its citrus, fruits and vegetables production.
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.
Note that Valencia‘s port in the Mediterranean basin is the busiest seaport of Spain and the 5th busiest in Europe.
The Valencia Community's population amounts to some 4.9 million inhabitants, among which over 15% are foreigners. These include expatriates from neighbouring countries as well as from Spanish-speaking countries such as Ecuador and Colombia. This shows the labour 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 labour, especially if these are not available locally.
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.
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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.
Finding a job in Valencia
Checking out classified ads in local newspapers and job websites will be the first step during your job search, though word of mouth is also often a good way of discovering opportunities. You may consider registering with a recruitment agency if you are already in the region. Also consider sending spontaneous job applications to a few companies operating in the region.
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Attend meet-ups and professional activities to broaden your network. For example Actívate organizes training events in cooperation with Google and Valencia University in the digital marketing sector, creating a huge community of young professionals.
The Local www.thelocal.es
Info Jobs www.infojobs.net
Valencia Employment and Training Service www.servef.gva.es