Working on the Costa del Sol

bigstock-Image-of-businessman-running-a-56868947Are you dreaming of relocating to the Costa del Sol, but are concerned by newspaper reports about high unemployment and don’t know if you’ll be able to find work? The great news is that things are most definitely looking up! Despite worries that the Greek debt crisis would negatively impact Spain, a recent study by Markit has revealed that Spain was actually the best performer of the Eurozone’s big four, leading the way out of recession with steady growth at around 0.4% per quarter. Read more

We’re seeing first hand that job offers are increasing all the time, especially in the real estate sector, where there is a lot of recruitment for sales staff, telemarketers and administrators to respond to the growing demand. Unlike before, the better real estate companies are offering a basic salary plus commission, so if you are comfortable with sales then this is a great opportunity to make an excellent living.

The recovery of the real estate sector sparks business in all areas of the Costa del Sol, although this takes a little longer to filter through. To see job opportunities we recommend reading the newspaper Sur in English online, as this has the best job section. You can also sign up to recruitment agencies such as Howard Bond Recruitment and look at job boards on websites such as Costa Women (link) and Think Spain.

International schools are also good employers and often look for qualified teachers, as there is a high turnover of staff travelling the world with their work. So if you’re a teacher wanting to travel, then make a list of all the schools in the area by searching and send CVs to them to see what they’ve got.

One interesting option for career opportunities is Gibraltar, a thriving economy which was largely unaffected by the global slow down. Banking, online gaming and financial services are very strong in Gibraltar and there are a lot of opportunities for customer service staff, IT and marketing amongst others. The salaries in Gibraltar are very competitive and what many people do is base themselves on the western Costa del Sol, such as Estepona, Manilva and Sotogrande and then commute into Gibraltar, leaving their cars on the Spanish side and cycling, walking or taking a moped into Gibraltar to avoid the boarder queues. There are a number of specialist recruitment companies for this area such as SRG who can help you to find the right position.

There are options out there, but you need to know that in Spain salaries are significantly lower than in the UK. However, when calculating things know that the rent and cost of living is a lot lower too, so many of our long term tenants report that they feel a lot richer living in the Costa del Sol, even when they take a salary reduction. For example, you could rent a three bedroom apartment in Calahonda for just 575€ per month, a fraction of the cost of rental in London and the South East of England!

Please contact us or browse our website for long term rental properties and we can let you know costs of living on the Costa del Sol, so you can make that dream an affordable reality.

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