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Malaga's labor market has been affected to some extent since 2008 with the global economic crisis. However, expats can still find a job in the city. Below is an overview to give you a better picture. 

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 569,000 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 in Malaga due to its high unemployment.

You should take the time to understand the economy and its labor market before moving 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 trade along with fisheries although it is a less attractive sector.

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

Unemployment rate in Malaga remains quite high (nearly 29%) although it is lower than in other cities of the same community. It can thus be quite difficult for expats to find a job there. 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. In 2015, construction and services were deemed to be the most promising fields.

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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. Although the local economy has been improving slowly, the labor market has not taken off yet, regardless of the sector. 

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 in Malaga on the Internet and in the classified ads in local newspapers. Moreover, consider sending spontaneous applications to big companies operating in Malaga.

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

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