EMPLOYMENT IN BARCELONA
Lately we have been receiving a lot of emails from people who are interested in coming to Barcelona to work but are concerned about the infamous high rate of unemployment in Spain, since the crisis began a few years ago and Spain was cast into a semi state of panic along with Ireland, Portugal and Greece.
While it is true that the high level of unemployment might have deterred many from their dreams of working and living in Barcelona, the truth is that the situation is really not as bad as it was previously. According to the latest statistics, by April this year around 12,000 jobseekers left the list of the Employment Service in Catalunya (a 7% drop from the previous year). In addition to this, registered unemployment has been decreasing for the last 10 months in Catalunya, and 2.9 million people contributing to the Social security in April, which is 39,500 more than the previous month.
The Catalan economy has also grown steadily by 0.4% in the first quarter of 2014 which means the GDP has been growning for the last few consecutive quarters and helping to move away from the recession even more. While it is true that the sharp increase in tourism plays a part in these figures, the services sector in general has been the main reason for the overall increase.
With the recession came the sharp drop in property sales also, affecting many who had mortgages on their homes and really felt the knock-on effect. Surprisingly though, it appears that sales of real estate has increased by nearly 43% in March this year compared to March 2013! Nearly 4000 homes were sold in Catalunya, of which one third were newly-built and indicating a lot of job creation in the process.
Generally speaking, the majority of the unemployed in Spain would of course be the Spanish (or Catalans). The majority of expats who live in Barcelona don´t seem to have as hard a time finding work since they speak a second or sometimes a third language. This comes in very handy when you are looking for work in one of the many international companies in Barcelona that are always looking for multilingual employees. These include companies such as Avis, SAP, Hewlett Packard and of course call centers such as Selbytel. For most of these speaking Spanish isn´t a requirement. However if you want to work in the hospitality industry, you may be required so speak at least conversational Spanish.
If working and living in Barcelona is a dream of yours, now is the time to make this a reality!