Work in Malaga


Finding a job in Malaga can be difficult, but not impossible. Here is an overview of this Spanish city's labor market.

Malaga, located in the Andalusian region, is the Malaga province's capital city. It is known to be Spain's sixth largest city and Andalusia's second most important city with a population of 568,000 inhabitants. Being the region's cultural center, Malaga hosts thousands of foreigners seeking professional opportunities every year. However, it can be quite difficult for expatriates to find a job there due to its high unemployment.

You should take the time to understand the economy and its labor market before settling there. To avoid being disappointed, make sure you have skills which are not available locally before starting your job search.


Malaga has long been an industrial city. But its economy has developed consequently over the years, including sectors such as services, construction, agriculture and food processing. Following the global economic crisis, tourism, hospitality, trade, shipping and information and communications technology have tried to modernize its economy. Note that Malaga's sea port also facilitates fishing activities along with trade.

Malaga also has a developed transport network, including an airport, ferry, inter provincial and suburban trains, etc.

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Malaga has been greatly affected by the world economic crisis. However, tourism has gradually given a new dynamism to its economy. To date, the city hosts many hotels, amusement parks, restaurants, and many other tourism infrastructures, as well as places of interest.

Labor market

Malaga had some 275,000 job seekers as at early 2014, representing some 34% of the total workforce. However, jobs exist in some sectors, namely export, electronics, manufacturing of auto parts, food, ceramics production and cosmetics, etc. Tourism is also considered to be one of the region's leading job creators.

Note that local authorities encourage the creation of more small and medium enterprises in order to increase export. However, wages are quite low despite a 13.5% inflation rate in 2013.

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Labor conditions in Malaga were quite precarious in 2013. In fact, very few contracts had been signed for an indefinite period. The rest had been hired on fixed-term and part-time basis contracts.

Find a job

Foreigners may still be hired in certain sectors, namely tourism, trade, industry, information and communication technology, electronics, etc., provided they have skills which are not available locally.

You can check out job offers on the Internet and in the classified ads in local newspapers. Moreover, consider sending spontaneous applications to big companies operating in Malaga.

 Useful links: - Job offers 
Malaga Official Job Portal
Info Jobs
Info Empleo
Mil Anuncios
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