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The Canary Islands' labor market is not very open to foreigners. But jobs are available in specific fields. Find more information in this article.

The Canary Islands, located at 1,000 km from the Iberian Peninsula, are part of the seventeen Spanish autonomous communities. It is one of the country's most popular destinations after Madrid, Valencia, Sevilla and Barcelona which are its major cities. Canary Islands offer various opportunities to young professionals, trainees, as well as to students.

Being a volcanic islands archipelago, the Canary Islands have a quite different environment and lifestyle. It is, above all, a tourist area which attracts thousands of foreigners each year. In fact, its population comprises around 12.02% of expatriates. 

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The Canary Islands are divided into two provinces, Las Palmas and Santa Cruz de Tenerife, with a population amounting to some 2.1 million inhabitants.

Economy

The Canary Islands' main economic pillars are industry, including oil refineries, food manufacturing, as well as maritime trade activities in the sea port. Agriculture is also quite present in the two provinces through the cultivation of cereals, tropical fruits such as mangoes, bananas and pineapples, vines, tomatoes and tobacco. As regards livestock, its contribution to the region's economy is less important.

Over the years, tourism has also become one of the Canary Islands main economic pillars with a 75% contribution to the Gross Domestic Income. The tertiary sector follows with export, trade, services, etc. You will also find small and medium enterprises which contribute significantly to the economy.

Labor market

Despite the Canary Islands' economic dynamism, unemployment rate stood at 28.6% Involving 317,200 unemployed in the first quarter of 2015 according to the National Institute of Statistics. Most of them were salespersons, drivers or other types of manual workers.

Moreover, monthly wages are rather low there, compared to other Spanish cities. Hence, it can be quite difficult for foreigners to find a job there. However, those mastering at least two foreign languages such as English and German, Russian, and even Scandinavian languages besides Spanish, can still be hired in specific fields like call centers, information and communication technology, tourism and hospitality, as well as education.

In general, transport, industry, construction, services and agriculture mainly recruit skilled local citizens.

Find a job

Consider sending spontaneous applications to big firms operating in the area if you have the skills and qualifications required by the local labor market. You may as well check out job offers in classifieds ads in local newspapers and on the Internet.

 Useful links:

Expat.com - Job offers 
Canary Islands Employment Service www3.gobiernodecanarias.org
Laborae www.laborae.com
Opcion Empleo www.opcionempleo.com
Info Jobs www.infojobs.net
Indeed www.indeed.es
Mil Anuncios www.milanuncios.com

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