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Working in Barcelona

Despite Spain’s unemployment rates, the job market in Barcelona remains relatively competitive given its desirability as a destination, especially for citizens of the European Union who do not need a visa to work in Spain. The city´s transient nature also allows for steady movement in the job market.

Job Search Websites

InfoJobs.net – One of the largest job search websites in Spain, and very commonly used by employers in Barcelona. Among its many handy functionalities, you can create multiple CVs tailored to job or language specifications.

Monster.es – A global job search website becoming more popular in Spain. Monster also allows for creation of multiple CVs, as well as a variety of other fantastic functionalities.

Loquo.com – Classified ads for everything you might need in Barcelona, from jobs to furniture to mobile phones to language exchanges.

LinkedIn.com – The Facebook for professionals. LinkedIn allows you to create your own network of industry and job related contacts, as well as search for jobs and be contacted for employment opportunities.

Salary Expectations
The term “mileurista” is quite common in Barcelona, which refers to the not so uncommon 1,000 Euro monthly paycheck. Entry level salaries generally range between 15,000-18000 Euros gross annual, keeping in mind around 15%+ will be deducted in taxes. Managerial salaries generally range between 20,000-30,000 Euros. The higher the salary, the higher the tax rate.

Main Types of Contracts
The main type of work contracts in Spain are the permanent/indefinite contract (contrato indefinido) and the temporary contract (contrato temporal). An indefinite contract is the most desired contract, as it offers the best job security. However, it is not uncommon for employers to contract new employees on a temporary basis and after a trial period, contract the employee indefinitely. Read more on job contracts at the Ministry of Work and Immigration website (in Spanish).

Paid Vacation Time
Generally, full-time employees are entitled to 24 paid vacation days a year plus paid public holidays.

Additional Benefits
Some companies (more common with larger companies) offer lunch tickets or have a free cafeteria, private medical insurance, discounted gym memberships, etc.

Job Scams
“Offshore investment firm” and “high paying telephone sales” are a few examples of common job scams especially directed toward expatriates desperate to find work in Barcelona. If you are unfamiliar with a company, you should thoroughly research the company online, especially doing keyword searches such as “Company Name scam” or “Company Name lawsuit”. Additionally, you should ensure that the potential employer is registered in Spain or has “residencia fiscal”. You can verify this with the company´s registration number (NIF or Número de Identificación Fiscal) through the EU’s Taxation and Customs Union website as well. Also, keep in mind if the terms of the job seem too good to be true, they most likely are.

Interviewing
Depending on the type of position you are applying for, it is best to dress formal for the job interview. If the position requires multiple languages, the employer may conduct the interview in these languages. As with any interviewing process, the employer may call you in for two or three interviews before deciding on a candidate.

Language Requirements
A company´s headquarters location, product/service and target demographic are key factors that help determine the official language of a company. Generally, local companies would require a native or high level of Catalan, whereas companies with a branch office in Barcelona (but headquarters outside of Catalonia) would require a native or high level of Spanish and possibly another European or international language. Read more

Helpful Vocabulary
Work / Trabajo
Employment / Empleo
Job opening / Oferta de Trabajo
Part time / Media Jornada
Full time / Jornada Completa
Position / Puesto
CV or Resume / Currículum vitae
Cover letter / Carta de presentación
Human Resources / Recursos Humanos
Interview / Entrevista
Contract / Contrato
Indefinite contract / Contrato indefinido
Temporary contract / Contrato temporal
Salary / Salario
Gross (salary) / Bruto
Net (salary) / Neto
Negotiate / Negociar
Experience / Experiencia
Title / Titulo
Intern / Becario (a)
Assistant / Asistente
Administrative assistant / Administrativo(a)
Coordinator / Coordinador(a)
Technician / Técnico(a)
Manager / Responsable o Jefe(a)
Director / Director(a)

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