Work in Tenerife


Are you looking for a job in Tenerife? You are likely to be hired in the tourism field which remains the region's main job creator.

Tenerife, located in the Canary Islands, is Spain's largest island and most densely populated island. In fact, its population amounted to more than 908,555 inhabitants in 2013. Moreover, it is one of the country's main tourist destinations with 4,973,047 tourist arrivals in 2013. Santa Cruz de Tenerife, its capital city, is deemed to be the island's economic center.

Tenerife is also known to be a dynamic island, having attracted thousands of young professionals from across the globe. Tenerife not only has a pleasant climate but also offer various opportunities. So if you wish to settle there, it would be wise to inquire on its economy and labor market.

There are job opportunities in specific sectors. However, conditions may differ from those of most European cities.


Agriculture has long been the region's main economic pillar. In fact, bananas, flowers, tomatoes, and potatoes, etc., are grown in Tenerife. But over the years, other sectors such as industry, tourism and hospitality, trade, services, among others, have taken over to some extend. Tourism is now considered as Tenerife's main economic pillar thanks to the development of hotels and tourist infrastructure in various areas. Zone 1 consists of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, while Zone 2 includes La Laguna Bajamar Punta Hidalgo and Tacoronte. Zone 3 consists of Puerto de la Cruz and the North. Zone 4, for its part, refers to the South.

Note that tourism makes a 60% contribution to Tenerife's economy. But apart from hotel infrastructures, Tenerife also hosts tourist attractions, monuments, museums, pyramids, as well as national parks. As regards leisure activities, you can indulge in hiking, water sports, golf, and enjoy the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival which takes place every year in February.

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Most of Tenerife's visitors come from European countries such as Spain itself, British Islands, Germany, France, Switzerland, Belgium, etc.

Moreover, local authorities greatly encourage the creation of small and medium enterprises in order to further stimulate its economy.

Labor market

Unemployment rate in the Canary Islands stood at 35.12% in late 2013 while that of Santa Cruz de Tenerife amounted to 32.97% with a lower unemployment rate among women. Note that wages are rather low in this region. But expatriates can still be hired in different sectors, provided they have skills which are not available locally.

Hence, you are likely to be hired in the tourism and hospitality fields if you have a good command of three or more foreign languages. Jobs are also available in other sectors such as industry, banking, services, trade, etc.

Find a job

You can start your job search well in advance on the internet: general and specialized websites are available. You can also check out classified ads in local newspapers. If you are already on the spot, you could as well register with a recruitment agency.

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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.
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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