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In addition to the sunshine, slow-pace of life, and all the other benefits of living in a culturally rich Mediterranean city, Seville is also a place bursting with job opportunities. As the location of the country's only inland port, it is an important trade hub for southern Spain as well as being the home of prestigious technological parks.

The Parque Tecnológico y Aeronáutico Aeropolis is a business park dedicated to the aeronautical and aerospace industry while the Parque Científico y Tecnológico Cartuja (PCT Cartuja) hosts more than 300 organisations across numerous industries. These include biomedicine, biotechnology, knowledge management, the environment, telecommunications and computer science, and microelectronics.

There are also dozens of research centres, research management foundations, and teaching centres within its grounds. Other pillars of the local economy are tourism, financial services, and agriculture.

Economic outlook for Seville

Seville has the highest gross domestic product in all of Andalusia. According to the College of Economists of Seville and Loyola University, its economy will grow by 2.4 per cent in 2019, which is above the Andalusian and national average.

The same research institutes predict the employment rate will rise by 2.9 per cent, causing the unemployment rate to fall to 19.8 per cent. Since 2017, there has been a slowdown in the number of unemployed persons in Seville, although it is still higher than the national unemployment rate that stands at 14% (as of June 2019).

The local labour market

Seville, like the rest of the country, has a highly competitive labour market and you should be prepared to compete against large numbers of people, especially native Spanish speakers. That being said, there are certain job sectors in Spain where vacancies exist because positions are difficult to fill, particularly highly skilled positions. This means you may have little competition to worry about.

You can find these types of jobs on the list of shortage occupations - búsqueda de ocupaciones de difícil cobertura - in each region of Spain. Just select Seville from the dropdown menu on the website and you will be presented with a list of current vacancies. This list also sometimes includes medium to highly qualified positions such as production engineers, language teachers and computing experts.

Alternatively, you don’t necessarily have to wait for positions to come up. You can always send your CV and a speculative letter to companies. In Spain, this is sometimes a good route to employment. You will need to make sure your letter is addressed to the right person in those companies you are targeting. You can search Kompass Spain's large database for details of company websites and the appropriate contacts.

To increase your chances of success, you have to be a proficient Spanish speaker. However, there are English-speaking jobs available such as seasonal tourist work, catering jobs, real estate agents, and teaching English.

Wages in Seville

In 2019, the average salary of Sevillians grew for the third successive year, although it is still lower than what it was before the global economic crisis of 2008. Currently, the average salary is 16, 257 euros gross per year which is lower than the Spanish national average of 23,646.5 euros gross per year.

Typical monthly salaries in Seville:

  • An accountant 1,667.86 euros
  • An architecture 1,986.48 euros
  • A bricklayer 1,116.06 euros
  • A waiter 969.21 euros
  • A dentist 4,856.73 euros
  • A civil engineer 2,158.25 euros
  • An electronic engineer 2,317.56 euros
  • A hotel waiter 882.88 euros
  • An English translator 1,410.65 euros
  • A doctor 3,948.93 euros
  • A plumber 1,067.11 euros
  • A secretary 980.78 euros
  • A school teacher 1,704.35 euros
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