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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:

Have a look to the following formalities:

 

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!

 

Professional contacts

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: