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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  2. Hi” I’m a EU citizen and lived in US for 30 years, I’m moving to Benidorm Spain in January and would like to have a job secured when i arrive. I’ve worked in the construction field remodeling homes,demolition,painting and carpentry for about 8 years. I also went to school to cut hair (barbero). I’m currently taking a tefl coarse to teach English. I also Speak enough Spanish to get by. Is there “anyone” who can help me out ?? If so my email is: Thank you

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  7. Alexander says:

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  9. patrick mcclorey says:

    Hi I just love Benidorm and would like a good job there. I work in civil service and have good management qualifications. I don’t have any Spanish although keen to learn the language. Would love a job in some office or the public sector in Benidorm.

  10. Shaun Brady says:

    Hi…I retired last year from the Police Service, I’m currently a housing officer. Seeking a position in Benidorm…..anything considered. Thanks

  11. Mrs Sheila Darby says:

    Hello My husband John is looking for permenant /long term employment working as a Diesel Fitter for Heavy Goods Wagons ,John has fourty years experience ,we are looking to re-locate to Benidorm or surrounding areas ,john is sixtytwo years young and would consider working as a trainer or supervisor with other Fitters too once settled in employment we would move to live in Spain Regards Pls email any offers to Many thanks

  12. i am looking for coach driving work ,i have a pcv and csan start asap…any ideas would be appreciated.thanks

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  14. Alan love says:

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    any questions plse ask, also i do NOT take alcohol or drugs, as I received Transplant (kidney) much thanks

  15. jason fawcett says:

    hi there, im looking for work in benidorm asap. i am open minded about the kind of work, anything from cleaning to bar work or hotel work. i have no commitments in the uk so flexability is not an issue.

  16. I am starting a new venture in alicante Spain I am looking for English speakers ,and exp hair dressers for a salon which has been going for six years now ,the client s are mostly ex pats,I would also be looking for fast food staff to work in fish and chip shop plaese contact me with reply

    • jordon rzymski says:

      hey, i’m from england and looking to work in spain for as long as possible, unfortunatly i am not an experienced hair dresser or barber but i am very hard working as i have worked in construction since i was 16 ( i am now 20) i’d be happy to get any kind of work really but i am living in england so i would need accomidation but i can pay for flights and head over as soon as i am needed.
      if you want to contact me via my email address please do
      and thanks.

    • Laura delaney says:


      my name is Laura i an working in the hospitality
      industry with 10years i an 27 years old my friend Tara is an experience hair dresser can i please forward on our cv

      kindest regard

    • laura delaney says:

      Hi Alex

      My name is Laura my friend Tara and i are looking to work in Spain i have worked in the hospitality section for 10 years, i am have experience in bar tending , reception , waitress , chefing i am 27 years of age my friend Tara has worked as a hair dresser for a couple of years can we please forward on our cv to you


    • K.Coleman says:

      Hi, Iam moving to Alicante in July permanantly, if you still have work available in chipper then please let me know.Thanks.Kerry

    • Brenda Doyle says:

      I am a fully qualified hairdresser living near Benidorm, if you are still looking for stylists I would be very interested. Thank you. 🙂

    • Emma Thompson says:

      Hello there
      are you still looking for people to hire in the hairdressers or fish and chip shop?

    • william croall and bernadette batterby says:

      Hi myself and partner are looking to move to Spain but need work first my partner is working at the moment in Waitrose , I’m 34 and my partner is 24 , have u any work available at this present time
      Your sincerely
      William croall

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    • DEREK IRVINE says:

      dear sir

      I am interested in your fish and chip idea I have been a chef for many years and have house in Alicante I am scots and in my 50s email lookforward to hearing more on this idea

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  18. kate johnson says:

    hi, i would like to work in benidom any season, winter or summer i live in spain i speak and english and spanish,i have diploma in cooking spanish food and any other kinds of food.and i can as well do other domestic work i will be very happy if u would help me get a job i really need it,thanks and god bless.

  19. Charlotte says:

    I’m thinking of moving and working abroad doing cleaning but I have a 5yr old daughter how are the schools over there and could I work as there will be just us 2

  20. julie ellis says:

    Hi i would like to be a Holiday rep i am doing my level 2 diploma in travel and torisum please could you help me thank you.

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