Benidorm – Where and How to Get a Job in Benidorm, Costa Blanca, Spain

This page is a guide to finding jobs in Benidorm including a list of job vacancies as well as suggestions on where to find work and what type of vacancies you may expect to find.

Working in Benidorm

Benidorm is a popular place to find work as it is a busy happening place. Benidorm is the major tourist resort on the northern Costa Blanca in Spain. You can reach Benidorm after a two hour plane ride from most United Kingdom airports. There are three international airports within a ninety minute drive to Benidorm being Valencia, Murcia and Alicante.

job-spain-graphicBenidorm is one of the most popular Spanish towns in which people are looking to find jobs. Being a tourist resort, it has many job openings and vacancies in the catering trades such as cook, waiter, dishwasher, bar tender, cleaner, animators, dancers etc.

Many people come to Benidorm for the summer season looking for seasonal bar jobs and you will usually get one pretty easily. Certainly this is the most common type of job available.

Hotel Jobs

There are also plenty of other jobs in the tourist sector notably hotel jobs in Benidorm such as holiday reps, cleaners, receptionists etc. Examples of hotels in Benidorm to search for vacancies would be Don Pancho Hotel Benidorm, Dynastic Hotel Benidorm, Flamingo Oasis Hotel Benidorm, Gran Delfin Hotel, Levante Club Hotel Benidorm, Mediterraneo Hotel and Melia Benidorm Hotel.

Summer Jobs

There are also lots of opportunities for summer jobs in Benidorm. It is however important to know that if you do choose to work in the tourist industry that the work is seasonal mainly from March until October and that the wages paid are about 60% of what is earned by your Northern European counterparts, although the cost of living is 90% of that of Northern Europe.

A limited knowledge of the Spanish language is ideal but not compulsory, making these kind of jobs fiercely competitive between all nationalities across the board.

Very popular on the job scale in this field are cleaning jobs in Benidorm as they are well paid, in abundance and all year round as people’s homes as well as villa companies require cleaners.

Work in the tourist industry is mainly done in shifts or split shifts. On the positive side you can spend your time off at the beaches of Benidorm such as Playa Poniente or Playa Levante. This line of work also takes its toll on family life and relationships so it is ideally for singles without partners or families as the hours are ad-hoc and long.

How To Find Work

Jobs in Benidorm can be found by the usual means of internet, radio, newspaper, word of mouth etc. There are a lot of competition for jobs so it is important that you apply for a job with a contract.

Benidorm Poniente beachThese kind of jobs will entitle you to the Spanish state pension, a limited unemployment and of course to medical care.

As your new employer will also be paying his fair share of these contributions he will make sure he employs the best candidate for the job.

Of course there are many other jobs just like anywhere else such as lawyer, doctor, teacher, nurse, policemen, pharmacist, shop assistant, laundromat etc.

Working hours differ greatly from Northern Europe due to the extreme heat. A typical Spanish working day starts at ten in the morning until one and then everyone has a siesta. Work resumes at four in the afternoon until around eight in the evening. Most of these jobs require a good working knowledge of the Spanish language.

It should be noted that jobs in the civil service such as teachers and jobs in the police force are reserved for Spanish nationals.

If you have qualifications as a teacher, in Benidorm you won’t be able to teach in Spanish schools but you can at the Costa Blanca International College in Benidorm or at the Lady Elizabeth Schools in Javea and LLiber, or at Xabia International College.

Starting or Buying a Business

Alternatively of course if you don’t fancy working for someone in Benidorm there is always the possibility of going the self-employed route, by setting up your own business in Benidorm. It is important to take note that you will need to pay at least three hundred Euros monthly in compulsory social security contributions as well as VAT or IVA which is due from the first Euro and on every Euro you earn.

IVA stands currently at 16% but is due to go to 18% from the first of July 2010. You have to come to Spain with good starting capital to be able to make a go of it. Alternatively of course you can always buy an already established business in Benidorm which can be easier on your nerves and wallet in the long run.

Where To Get a Job

Many jobs that are really popular with English people are in the real estate sector. Second to the tourist industry jobs, jobs in the construction industry have been the driving force in the Spanish economy over the last decade and of course there are many real estate agencies in Benidorm selling houses, apartments, villas, fincas, guest houses, hotels etc.

Benidorm at nightThere are almost as many real estate offices in Benidorm as there are bars and restaurants. Of course branching off real estate are the tradesmen associated with housing such as plumbers, electricians, plasterers, tillers, painters etc.

These jobs are probably amongst the most highest possible earnings and best paying jobs in Benidorm.

Popular self-employed businesses in Benidorm are specialty English shops and villa maintenance companies, villa rental and apartment rental agencies.

As there are so many villas and apartments in Benidorm being rented by owners and companies, so there are many companies (and therefore jobs) to supply services to service the properties such as gardening services, pool cleaning services and even just general care and maintenance.

So when it comes to getting work in Benidorm, the possibilities are endless whether self-employed or employed, even a little translating services will do just fine.

Jobs for English-Speakers in Benidorm

Most Benidorm jobs and positions will be in the tourist industry although mostly of a seasonal and part-time nature, these include promoting for bars and nightclubs, dancers, hotel work, club promotors and reps, catering jobs such as chefs and cooks, singers, bands, comedians, waiters, waitresses, airport jobs, villa rental jobs, tour and travel reps, blanket tour sales reps, car hire jobs and cleaning jobs. There will be some related driving jobs in Benidorm such as coach driving jobs and driving people to the airport and back as well as related driving jobs such as taxi jobs and HGV jobs.

Other job vacancies in Benidorm for English speakers will be in the property market industry in the areas where expats live although currently this market is very depressed with the recession. This includes sales positions which are almost always commission based as well as jobs for people in property maintenance companies – in other words construction jobs and building jobs for English speaking people.

benidormOther typical jobs you are likely to find would be those that cater to the large expat population in Benidorm and the surrounding area, these include: cleaning swimming pools, gardening jobs, villa cleaning jobs, bar jobs and bar work for barmen and barmaids, hairdressing jobs, shop and retail work in English goods shops, taxi service, driving jobs including removals, restaurant jobs such as chefs, waiters and waitresses, fitness jobs, beautician jobs, pet care jobs, computer services, business services such as graphic design, computer repair, insurance sales positions, customer service jobs, there are many English newspaper and magazines requiring writers and sales people etc..

There are few management jobs in Benidorm, few marketing jobs, legal jobs, education jobs, media jobs, office jobs or executive jobs for professional people although there are some secretarial and administrative positions working for companies such as legal and financial companies. You also won’t find many care or nursing jobs available in Benidorm.

Anyone searching for vacancies and I.T. jobs in Benidorm (IT stands for information technology) also will find very few opportunties available.

Holiday Reps

One very popular way of finding work and jobs is to consider working as a holiday rep. This is because many tourists visit Benidorm on what is known as package holidays. This involves booking a holiday with a major tour operator such as Thomsons or First Choice.

Holidaymakers pay a fixed price which includes a number of different components such as flights, hotels, food and airport transfers. on hand in a hotel in Benidorm is a holiday rep or representative who is there to deal with any problems, questions and the arranging of excursions and tours. A very demanding job energy-wise being a rep in Benidorm best suits people who are looking for a bit of excitement rather than a career.

Tradesmen & Construction Work

Construction and building jobs in Benidorm are highly possible because of the large expat population in Benidorm who need tradesmen who can speak English.

If you are a tradesmen such as a builder, electrician, plumber, painter, tiler, plasterer, bricklayer, labourer or another construction type tradesman then you are likely to find jobs in Spain although wages are fairly low at about €80-€130 a day.

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Comments

  1. Hi I’m currently living in Northern Spain.
    I’m looking to relocate to Benidorm.
    I’m a tiler by trade and general building.
    Looking for work in Benidorm area.

  2. Graham Parkin says:

    Hi, I am moving to La Nucia just outside Benidorm. I already have some contract work in Spain for the company I am leaving. But, I would like to find a contract in Spain hopefully full time.
    I am an I.T repair technician. some of the contractual work I have done covers All machines and their peripherals for the whole of the UK. Companies such as Welcome break,W.S Smith,Aurum, Cardfactory, Hotter Shoes,Space N K,and many others. Some of the Kit I repair are Beetle and Ipos+ pos machines,optiplex (all models) I am the warranty repair technician for H.P and Dell Equipment. I repair all, and ail mean all HP, Dell and Brother Printers.All the repairs I do are done to component level.The company I have worked for for just under 5 years did not have an I.T department until I joined them then.. Now they have one that services Many many Million pound companies for the whole of the UK.I will look at any position offered and if there is a growing company that would like to build a state of the art I.T department then I’m your man.I am very Proud of what I have achieved and would love to be able to do it again ..In Spain. Please don’t hesitate to contact me at
    gadget_kick@hotmail.com
    I arrive at La Nucia 17th of september

  3. MARION SYLVIA WATSON says:

    My name is Marion,

    I am living in El Campello (Villa Joiosa end). Looking for part time/casual work. Retail,reception,telephonist or other. NOT telesales thank you.
    Clean driving licence and non smoker,willing to travel 30 mins any direction. DOB 07/04/58 Refs available. Previous employment in UK. BT, BOOTS, DOLLAND AND AITICHSON.
    I am currently working one day a week in a Charity shop
    Hobbies: Animal lover, dog trainer,horse riding and skiing. Please contact 00 44 7710500305 uk mob

  4. mark brewer says:

    PHi my name is mark, I currently live in benidorm I hold a valid hgv class2 license I have previously owned my own bar in Malaga , I have a wide range of experience in bar and kitchen work as well as driving throughout Europe amongst many other things, im currently looking for work in benidorm and was just wondering if anyone could help with this, or knows of anywhere in need of staff, any help would be really appreciated my number is 0034 602437198, thanks

  5. Hi I’m thinking of moving over to work in security I have a sia license is there anyone who needs security? Thankyou

  6. Cheryl Hensby says:

    Hi there
    I am a Software Developer who specialises in C# .Net and SQL. I have been a developer for 10 years. I am looking to move to Spain, either Alicante area or Malaga, but this will be dependent upon work. I am hoping to be able to continue working as a developer in Spain. How easy is it for me to do so?

  7. Nathan White says:

    Hi I am looking to move to Benidorm and I am wanting to find work before I come over there what are my options and how do I go about it

  8. Hello we are willing to work as builder or in any construction area with 3 months of experience with clean criminal history. Waiting for offers

  9. jamie shufflebotham says:

    hi my name is Jamie Shufflebotham and I’m looking for an entertainer or running a karaoke in a bar job please I can also do bar staff but I would prefer the entertaining side of running karaoke and introducing acts please email me if anything comes up on jshuffle1987@outlook.com

  10. Hello,

    I am a dancer/singer from UK looking for entertainment or teaching jobs. I have a degree in Theatre and a PGCE. I have over 10 years performance experience and 3 years teaching experience working with children aged 3-18. Please email me on devonblood1991@hotmail.co.uk if anything is available.

    thank you =)

  11. Just got a one way ticket to Benidorm with a friend, we need to find a job of any kind, if anyone can help us out can u let us no plz david_smith2312@hotmail.com thank you

  12. looking for rep wrk , or bookmaker or call centre wrk

    • Vicki Stone says:

      +34 650 29 89 80 this number is jasons. He is my manager in a call centre. You can say i gave u the number. Vicki x

  13. Hello, I have been training as a Dental Nurse for 3 years now in England, and I am looking for a Dentist in spain to sponser me so that I can work in Spain. I have clean criminal history. Does anybody know of how I can go about this please? Thanks jess

  14. Gary John Derry says:

    Hi im looking to move out to benidorm and work in security ive my sia door and also cctv licence plz can someone help me in this also need accomadation

  15. Amanda Harris says:

    Hi…….I live in Campello and I am thinking of starting a theatre group, but first I would like to test the waters to see if people would be interested. It would be non-professional but for all ages and all nationalities. A fantastic way to encourage self-development and increase confidence….plus being great fun.
    I am an English actress, who is already giving classes at the University of Alicante. I am hoping to spread my creative outlets to include personal tutoring, as well as Masterclasses in the near future……but thought I would begin with a theatre group first.
    If you have any ideas for me…..or know of people I should know! please feel free to email me

  16. Hi

    I am a Ballroom & Latin Dance Teacher in the UK looking to teach dancing in hotels (or wherever would be interested) in Benidorm just in our school holidays so I can bring my family to Spain with me (partner & 2 children).

    If anyone can offer any advice pls contact me on:
    Dawn@wollatonschoolofdancing.co.uk

    Many thanks
    Dawn

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