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Seville or Sevilla is the capital city of Andalusia. Sevilla is one of the most important Spanish and Southern European cities. Located in the south of Spain, it is deemed to be the region's economic, political and cultural centre of the region. Its population nowadays amounts to some 700,000 inhabitants, including a large number of expatriates from across the globe.

However, it can be quite difficult for foreigners to find a job in Sevilla since its economy has been seriously affected by the world economic crisis. Consequently, its labour market is open to expatriates, provided they have skills that are not available locally and can be beneficial to the local economy. It would be wise to enquire about which industry sectors are seeking employees at the start of your job search.

Sevilla's economy

Besides its enormous cultural heritage, Sevilla has a modern and developed economy based on several sectors. After industry, other sectors have developed over the years, namely trade, services, technology, as well as tourism which is now one of the region's main economic pillars. Sevilla also has an extensive transport network and an inland port, which is an important freight centre.

In recent years, Sevilla's authorities have stepped up efforts to further promote the tourism sector. The city owes part of its fame to events such as conferences, fairs, etc.. Sevilla also hosts major industrial and technological zones, including the Parque Tecnológico Sevilla Científico Tecnopolis, whose aim is to promote research and technology development and the Parque Tecnológico y Aeronáutico Aeropolis, which is dedicated to aerospace. The city has put great effort in developing its status as a research centre in the fields of new technologies, telecommunications, biotechnology, environment and renewable energy.

On the other hand, the University of Seville and the University Pablo de Olavide welcome thousands of Spanish, European and international students each year.

Agriculture, energy, chemistry, metallurgy, construction, food processing and automotive industries also contribute to Sevilla's economy.

Sevilla's labour market

According to the National Public Service portal, the unemployment rate in Sevilla stood at 25% in early 2017, which is lower compared to other parts of Andalusia. Unemployment remains critical as Andalusia holds the highest unemployment rate in Spain. Although unemployment has been declining during past few years, job seekers, in general, have broadened their scope to look for all types of jobs.

To date, you are more likely to be hired in the services and tourism sectors. Besides agriculture and fisheries, vacancies are available in other fields as well.

Finding a job in Sevilla

Job offers in Sevilla are available on general and specialized websites as well as in classified ads in local newspapers. You might as well register with a recruitment agency if you are already there. For better chances of finding a job in Sevilla as per your profile, consider sending spontaneous job applications to big firms operating there.

 Useful links:

Craiglist sevilla.en.craigslist.es
Go Abroad jobs.goabroad.com
Linked In www.linkedin.com
Xpat Jobs www.xpatjobs.es
Info Jobs www.infojobs.net
Indeed www.indeed.es
Info Jobs www.infojobs.net
Infoempleo www.infoempleo.com
LinkedIn www.linkedin.com

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