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With unemployment in Spain currently at between 8-9%, there is a lot of competition for jobs. Many vacancies are filled through personal connections so networking is a must. Also there are restrictive regulations regarding employing foreigners so if you do not have a working knowledge of Spanish your opportunities are limited. It is obvious from the above that it is not easy finding a job here so allow yourself some time and make sure you are covered financially.

The most popular areas of employment for foreigners are retail, restaurants/bars, teaching foreign languages (especially English), telemarketing and estate agency. There are a lot of jobs along the coast which are seasonal, but there are also a lot of foreigners who just work here during the summer months (May - September) so again these jobs are at a premium. Another popular area of work is with wealthy families carrying out housekeeping, childcare, cooking, maintenance or driving duties.

When you secure a job in Spain make sure your employer issues an official work contract which means you will pay tax and national insurance into the state system and receive a social security card entitling you to free medical treatment. Check the wording carefully before you sign anything (often the contracts are in Spanish so take the time to get it translated), and remember that a temporary contact can only last for 3, 6 or 9 months. After that time you must be given a long term contract as anyone caught employing people without a formal agreement is fined immediately.

Setting up your own business in Spain can be a complicated process with a lot of pitfalls, so make sure that you seek professional advice before embarking on this course of action. Thousands of people come here to do something completely different and a high proportion are very successful.

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