Work in Spain

Getting a job and working in Spain is one of the reasons why one might want to acquire a residence permit in Europe (an example of this would be a residence permit in Latvia). Working in Spain also allows you to enjoy all the benefits of residing in the EU, such as freedom of moving in the Schengen area, the chance to be employed and do business in the member-states with fewer requirement, as well as travel to European destinations without the need for a visa (with some exceptions).


As of now, there are approximately 137 323 vacancies available in Spain. That is 0.9% of all the job positions, both occupied and vacant, in the country.

Wages and expenses

In Spain the minimum wage is EUR 1050, while the average salary is EUR 2244.

A single person in Spain spends an average of EUR 647 per month, not including rent.

Wage distribution

The wages in Spain differ based on several factors, such as the industry and gender of an employee:

Wage distirbution by gender and insustry in Spain (in EUR)
Mining and quarrying2647n/a
Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply4502n/a
Water supply; sewerage, waste management and remediation activities22781884
Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles19081373
Transportation and storage20411836
Accommodation and food service activities13121046
Information and communication29512411
Financial and insurance activities39613038
Real estate activities21461444
Professional, scientific and technical activities26321831
Administrative and support service activities16521090
Public administration and defence; compulsory social security24852275
Human health and social work activities27351990
Arts, entertainment and recreation16301228
Other service activities17311147


The standard workweek in Spain is 8 hours a day or 40 hours a week.

Useful resources

If you are planning to work in Spain, it is useful to know the following information and contacts of organizations.

Work permit services

If you are interested in working in Spain, you need to obtain a work permit and a residence permit (which in some cases are obtained simultaneously). For this you can use the help of our legal team - we provide consultations, find the best solutions to your unique case and deliver legal assisstance of all kinds. So contact us by using the form on the upper right side of the page, and start a journey to your dream job in Spain.