Have you arrived in Barcelona and are you looking for work? Here we explain a few of the Labour Market's features and provide you with advice and information on resources that may help you with your job hunting.
Labour market and opportunities
The Barcelona area is currently offering opportunities in sectors such as artistic and creative industries, leisure and entertainment, hospitality and tourism, construction, commerce, logistics, telecommunications and information and communication technologies (ICTs).
There is also high demand for highly qualified or specialist profiles, especially in the field of technology.
Foreign nationals with managerial experience or skills in such profiles can find interesting work in the Barcelona area. What is more, if certain specialist jobs are not covered by local workers, immigration legislation allows non-EU citizens, subject to certain requirements, to obtain work permits.
For further information on jobs, you can visit the following websites:
- Barcelona City Council’s Employment Website, Barcelona Activa
- Catalan Public Employment Service (SOC)
- Spanish Public Employment Service (SEPE)
Have a look to the following formalities:
- Residence permit for intra-company transfer
- Residence permit for highly qualified professionals
- Residence permit for training and research
- Initial residence and self-employment permit
Job-hunting tools and resources
You will find a practical way to start your job hunting, along with the tools to help you to do it, through Barcelona Activa, Barcelona City Council’s local development agency.
It offers you free tools, digital resources, advisory services and training activities for guidance in your academic or professional career and to help you with knowledge development.
In addition, its website also provides information on the sectors creating the highest demand for jobs and the most sought-after professional profiles, as well as tools for preparing your CV, presentation letter and job interviews. It is important for you to know how to adapt your CV to the Spanish labour market and to prepare your job interviews, to avoid any possible cultural misunderstandings.
When it comes to job hunting, it may be useful for you to create a network of contacts, for example, by looking in social group networks of foreign nationals living here, or business and local people in your line of work.
Professional development in new technologies
If your speciality is new technologies, Barcelona Activa, the City Council’s local development agency, has a Cibernàrium technology training and dissemination programme aimed at ordinary and professional people as well as companies.
It offers training for professionals and companies, as well as introduction to the Internet activities for all city residents. It also publishes information resources in several formats: video courses, dossiers on activities and multi-media content.
In addition, it has an IT Academy, a high-specialisation programme in new technologies for training the qualified profiles that are most in demand from Barcelona’s companies. Sign up for it if you’d like to improve your possibilities of finding work!
If you'd like to boost your professional career through useful contacts, you may also be interested in joining professional, business or financial associations. Highlighted below are some of these international platforms that can be found in the city:
- ASAEDE [Argentinian-Spanish Entrepreneurs’ Association]
Boasting central offices in Barcelona, this association is made up of entrepreneurial, professional and managerial individuals originally from Argentina.
- ASODAME, Business Professional Women (BPW) BCN
A group of (freelancer, entrepreneurial and executive) business women with products and services from every sector.
- Austrian Business Circle, ABC Barcelona
A group of professionals, executives and investors from Austria.
- Barcelona Global
A private and independent non-profit association whose mission is to make Barcelona one of the best cities in the world for talent and financial activity.
- Cámaras de Comercio Europeas [European Chambers of Commerce]
List of European Chambers of Commerce with headquarters or delegation in Barcelona that represent 10 countries and have more than 1,500 associated companies.
- Barcelona Women’s Network
A non-religious, apolitical and non-profit social charitable organisation that offers help and friendship to local and international women living in the Barcelona area.
Collaboration platform for sharing news, knowledge and events regarding Barcelona’s startup tech, and innovation communities.
- Círculo Empresarial Danés de Barcelona [Barcelona Danish Business Circle]
Promoters working to create new business opportunities serving the interests of Spanish-Danish companies.
- De Kring - The Circle for Dutch Business in Barcelona
A meeting place for entrepreneurs, professionals, managers, directors and chairs established in and around Barcelona.
- Guiri Business Network
Created so that establishing professional contacts is made easier through exchanges of information, knowledge, contacts, jobs and opportunities.
- KDF, Círculo de Directivos de Habla Alemana [German-speaking Executives’ Circle]
Kreis Deutschsprachiger Führungskräfte is an association that brings together over two hundred professionals with executive skills in companies, diplomatic areas, public authorities and cultural environments.
- NeDeNa Barcelona
Netzwerk deutschsprachiger Nachwuchskräfte is a network of young German-speaking professionals in Barcelona comprised of people under 45 years of age.
- Professional Women’s Network (PWN) Barcelona
PWN Barcelona is part of an international network of some 3,500 professional women. Its goal is to promote professional advancement among women and raise their visibility in the workplace.
- Red Global MX (Mexicans Qualified Abroad) Barcelona Chapter
Red Global MX is an inter-connected global network that the highly qualified migrant community living outside Mexico takes part in.
- Start Up Grind Barcelona
A world community for entrepreneurs which holds monthly presentation events for training, inspiring and connecting entrepreneurs.
- Venezuelan Business Club, Barcelona
A group of professionals, executives and entrepreneurs from Venezuela with a history in Barcelona.