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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 amounts to over 900,000 inhabitants. Moreover, it is one of the country's main tourist destinations with an average of 5 million tourist arrivals every year. 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. Note, however, that Tenerife has not been spared by the recent unemployment crisis that shook Spain a few years back. 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, especially in terms of working hours and wages.


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. Therefore, a good command of English, or even French, can be a valuable asset, especially if you are looking forward to work in the tourism sector. 

Moreover, local authorities greatly encourage the creation of small and medium enterprises in order to further stimulate its economy. A few companies also prefer hiring independent professionnals known as "autonomo" or practical or financial reasons. 

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 and especially if you are looking for seasonal jobs. Jobs are also available in other sectors such as industry, banking, services, trade, etc.

Find a job

You can start your job search in Tenerife 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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