How to find a job in Barcelona
Working in a beautiful and sunny place such as Barcelona is an exciting dream come true. It is one of the most visited cities in the world and as a place to live it has a variety that most other cities just cannot compete with. This is potentially the reason why many people are considering moving to and finding a job in Barcelona.
There is indeed an inevitable impact of traces from the 2008 economic crisis however, that doesn’t make it impossible to find a Job. According to Walt Disney “If you can DREAM it, you can DO it”. Therefore, if you have the dream of working in Barcelona you will definitely make it.
On one hand, language barriers can limit individuals in finding professional and high skilled jobs if you don’t speak Spanish. You may be limited to hotel jobs in Barcelona or to bars, restaurants (waitressing, dishwashing, food delivery), and Au pairs. Spain in general, to find such jobs you will need to get out and meet people to practically give them your CV’s, especially at restaurants and coffee bars.
Even though this might sound like an old system to find a job, it helps you as a job seeker to become familiar with the city to find work, which can be a really fun experience. Furthermore, it’s important to make friends with people and get yourself familiarised with the bars and restaurants. We know that the employers are much more likely to offer work to somebody who they already know.
Apart from these low skilled jobs, there are call center jobs. From the past years many globalized businesses have moved to establish their call-centres in Barcelona. Generally they seek natives of the most widely spoken European languages – French, Spanish, Italian, German, and English.
On the other hand, if you are very confident in having a good knowledge of the Spanish or Catalan, you are more likely to have a variety of options to choose from. If you want the most options for working in Barcelona, then almost always you will need to know Spanish. You will definitely impress potential employers here if you know Catalan too which is the official language of Catalonia of which Barcelona is the capital. However, a smaller percentage of jobs have this as a requirement… Luckily, native English is also constantly in demand because many locals do not speak it so well.
In general, most jobs in Barcelona are hunted through recruitment agencies such as:
Normally, the time of year with the most labor demand in Barcelona are the months of September and October, as well as January and February. It is important to take advantage of it and apply for work during these heavy periods if you can.
If you plan to move to Barcelona, see our blog about Monthly Apartment Rentals in Barcelona and chose your best home to stay.