This time of year, we get many requests about jobs on the island – I guess people are looking to get away from the gloom of northern Europe and to enjoy some of our sunshine.
I thought it would be a good time to talk about getting a job here.
We don’t have a sophisticated employment market here, with agencies and large classified sections in newspapers. Most jobs pass around the island via word of mouth – we publish all those we hear about, but there are probably many we don’t. What that means is that, unless you’re looking for a job with a big travel company, who advertises abroad, it’s pretty much impossible to get a job here, unless you are actually on the island.
My advice to anyone looking to move and work here is to arrive with enough money to live on for a few months. Print off a load of CV’s, including a colour headshot of yourself and get a local mobile phone number, and hit the streets, telling everyone you are looking for work. Sooner or later, the right person will hear of the right opening, and you’ll get a call.
We don’t have big industry, or big administration centres here, so the chances of getting factory or office work are pretty much zero.
The market revolves around tourism, and all the ancillary services that feed that market.
If you only speak English, you are very much limiting yourself to businesses that work exclusively in the English speaking market. it doesn’t mean you won’t find work, but if you speak Spanish, you’ll have more than ten times the options available to you. German is also useful, as are most European languages.
Under Spanish law businesses that take on employees must provide them with a work contract. This is expensive for them, and some companies will try to offer jobs without a contract. If you are tempted to start a job on that basis, then be aware that you won’t legally be “in the system” for healthcare or any redundancy or other benefits, and you won’t be entitled to any of the usual protections for employees.
Pay is lower here than in most northern European countries, but the upside is the cost of living is also lower! Pay for bar work can be under €10 an hour, and for a full time administrative job less than €1500 a month.
There are plenty of part time jobs on the island, so many people combine two or even three jobs to create one full time job. That also gives you the security of some income even if one them finishes.
Work for yourself or start a business
This is the other option. It’s quite easy to become self employed here – you’ll have to register for income tax and pay a monthly social security charge of around €250. Self employed is called Autónomo. You can also set your own business up, and in that case we’d advise you to talk to a Asesoría about applying for the various licences.
You can keep an eye on jobs available that we hear about here: Jobs in Lanzarote