Construction/Tradesmen Jobs in Spain – Builders, Plumbers, Electricians, Tilers, Painters etc

The building and construction industry can involve building entire apartment blocks and roads however most building and construction projects in Spain are relatively small additions to properties such as extensions and small renovations.

There are a vast number of different types of jobs in the construction industry and in this article we will cover a few of the more common ones that will enable you to potentially get a job in Spain.

In the decade preceding 2008 a huge amount of urbanisations and new developments were planned and built in Spain leading to a shortage of construction workers.

job-spain-graphicThe pay was good and an influx of foreign workers came to Spain to start a new life.

Sadly the Spanish banks had overextended themselves and the bubble burst!

Unfortunately the boom in the building industry in Spain has come to a grinding halt and this is the worst possible time to be looking for work in this area.

Having said all that that, if you are a tradesmen, builder or construction worker determined to move to Spain then we will try give you some of the better options in the construction sector.

Becoming a tradesmen in Spain is pretty easy because most customers do not seem to check whether you have any professional qualifications or not. It seems any DIY enthusiast gets off the plane in Spain and declares himself a qualified tradesmen!

Working as a tradesman in Spain is one of the best ways of getting a job or finding work simply because as an English-speaking person who perhaps doesn’t speak any Spanish, you can be working for fellow English-speaking people.

Jobs for Builders

If you are a builder then you have good possibilities by making good money in Spain. If you have the finance behind you then it is possible to buy relatively cheap plots of land and construct a new build villa and sell for a healthy profit.

The property market in Spain is of course very depressed but there are still buyers out there. The key is to build the property in one of the popular expatriate areas that still retain its popularity to British people.

There are still plenty of expatriates looking to maintain their property or build extensions or swimming pools so there is plenty of property maintenance work available in Spain, just a lot of competition!

Working as a Plumber

With plenty of British people living in Spain there is a definite demand for plumbers who can deal with issues such as servicing boilers, dealing with leaks and pipework.

Many people will require their properties to be updated which will naturally include the bathrooms and kitchens.

Plumbers in Spain can earn good money by being self-employed and charging a daily rate of €100 a day to €150 a day.

Rather than looking for a job as a plumber you would probably be better off starting your own business and becoming self-employed.

Electrician Jobs

Just like plumbers there is of course a healthy demand for electricians in Spain. Naturally Spanish people are going to use Spanish electricians so you need to focus in on the expatriate market which will predominantly be in the Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca areas.

Many expats in Spain have bought old villas aged around 30 years old that require a complete rewiring. Typically electricians charge €3000-€4000 for this work which takes approximately 3 weeks. With a very healthy profit margin, electricians can enjoy a very comfortable living in Spain given that the cost of living is relatively low.

Jobs for Painters and Decorators

constructionPainters and decorators in Spain usually earn around €100 a day. Again it is usual to set up your own business than to become employed simply because most construction companies in Spain tend to be one-man bands.

Becoming a painter in Spain is pretty simple work as most people can slap some paint on walls. Villas and apartments are always being exposed to the weather, especially the heavy Spanish rain, and therefore always need to be updated.

There are many Spanish villa painting companies that claim to be able to spray paint your villa with paint that lasts an entire lifetime but from what we can find out it appears that this simply isn’t true. Therefore if you own a villa in Spain it is likely to be needing to be repainted every 10 years at the very least.

Other Work in Construction/Building Industry

There are many outdated villas and apartments requiring major renovation, works and maintenance. Certainly if you have skills as a carpenter, engineer, technician, roofer, tiler, plasterer, bricklayer, labourer or another construction type tradesman then you are likely to finding work in Spain whether it be for yourself or for an employer.

Below we list some of the other construction jobs:

  • Architect
  • Building Surveyor
  • Buyer
  • CAD Technician
  • Civil Engineer
  • Commercial Manager
  • Contracts Manager
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Estimator
  • Facilities Manager
  • Health & Safety Manager
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Planner
  • Project Manager
  • Quantity Surveyor
  • Site Engineer
  • Site Manager
  • Skilled Trades
  • Structural Engineer
  • Water Engineer

How Much Can I Earn in Spain?

Clearly there is no one answer to this question but to give you examples from people we know:

Working on a building site in Spain as a plumber, builder, tiler or carpenter the daily rate is usually between €80-€100 Euros.

For electricians in Spain there is lots of lucrative work rewiring houses, villas and apartments in Spain as many of the villas are now over 30 years old and require a complete rewiring to bring their houses up to European Union specifications and standards. The price of a typical three or four-bedroom villa can often be about €4000 so the opportunity to make good money in Spain is certainly there.

One advantage you have in search of jobs is that there is a large expatriate population Spain and they typically prefer to deal with English-speaking people rather than local Spanish tradesmen and builders.

Most Popular Places in Spain To Find Work:

Most Popular Work:

Helpful Pages if Moving to Spain:

True Stories of Moving to Spain

Long-Term Property Rentals

Guide to Buying a Property

I Hate Spain – Shocking Opinions!

We also have our Spanish Job Prospects Section.


  1. Reece Cullen says:

    My name is reece cullen i have been a joiner in england for 5years and i am in the early stages of making a decision. I would like to move to spain preferably marbella or somewhere busy. Wouldnt mind bar work aswell as construction. Just need a change in my life and would ideally like to relocate to spain. If there are any opportunities that would benefit me please message me as i am very open to this move.

  2. Scott McMillan says:

    my name is Scott. I have been in the building trade for 16 years . I am currently self employed in a partnership and have been so for the last four years. I am a qualified plasterer but I also tile, build, carry out gyproc work, rough cast, shutter, concrete. I am also experienced with K-Rend products and can carry out basic electrical and joinery work. Looking only for fulltime work as I have a wife and child I would also be relocating from Scotland. Look forward to hearing from you.

  3. Scott smith says:

    Hi, my name is Scott, 10 years exp of building work in uk, already living out here in oliva. Looking for any work available, look forward to hearing from you guys.

  4. dave ellis says:

    hi im dave i live in cludad Quesada i am looking for work will do any job can do most things in diy have full clean driving licence can any body help please part time or full time

  5. Josef Haring says:

    I am the painter with 30 years experience with Mural painting and restoration.

  6. Andrew Grimes says:

    hi im a qualified time served carptener with city and guilds advanced qualifaction.
    25 years expeience, with the last 10 years working formwork/shuttering joiner.
    Im looking to relocate in teneriefe.
    Does anyone have any more info regarding carpentry work ?
    look forward to hearing off you


  7. Tomos Hewitt says:

    I’m a 20 year old who’s just finished a 3 year apprenticeship as a bricklayer. I like the idea of working abroad, but don’t know how easy it is to find one as I also only have 3 years experience. Can anybody help me?

  8. James Malone says:

    Hi I’m a Qualified Electrician to 17th edition and NICEIC looking to relocate to Spain , preferably Costa Blanca or Lanzarote.
    I’m currently learning Spanish and would be grateful on any feedback.

  9. Paul Mcnevin says:

    Hi I’m a qualified heating and plumbing engineer and also qualified in solar thermal panels which produce hot water I’m looking to move to Spain for work ,if there’s any large ex pat areas where I could use my trade to make a living details would be very much appreciated cheers paul 07921619712

    • Kevin McCarthy says:

      Hi Paul,
      My name is kevin from Ireland, im also a Plumber looking to relocate to spain… Just wanted to know how you got on since you posted your add? Have you had any luck finding work or did you find out any more info regarding getting work?

      Look forward to hearing from you.
      Regards Kevin.

  10. Ian murray says:

    Hi my name is Ian i am a bricklayer and have experience in most trade s .Kithen fitting Bathroom fitting , Joinery Plastering Rendering Including K.REND .PAREX Me and my wife are thinking of relocating to around the Benidorm area so anyone out there looking for some one please email i have over 20 years in the trade and my wife will be looking for work in the any of the local hospitals in Healf care Kind regards ian

  11. James honey says:

    Hi, I have a small building firm in southern Catalunya and I am looking for a general builder to help with current projects, bricklaying and plastering are requirements , tileing and carpentry would be useful. At present I have a full order book until Jan 2014 so this is all I could guarantee at this time , however that said I have been established here for 12 years and never been without work , if you are interested in relocating to sunny Spain then e mail at


      HI, i am a self employed qualified builder with over 25 years experience. I have my advanced city & Guilds bricklayer and concrete qualification. I have vast experience in full property renovations which includes all general building work ie; Plastering, bricklaying, blockwork, laying foundations and drainage, reading architectural drawings and basic timber works (joists and stud work). Also external work such as block paving, slabbing, decking and all other types of garden work. Currently working on property renovations in South Wales. I have 8 years experience working in Germany and Gibraltar. I am looking for an opportunity to gain experience working in Spain for future plans of emigrating to the country.

      I look forward to hearing from you

      Best regards

      Jeff Witchell

    • My name is Eddie and I am qualified painter and decorator who is looking for work from January 2017 I am living in glasgow Scotland .look forward to your reply.thanks

  12. Conor Cleary says:

    Hi my names Conor I am a Qualified Painter I have 6 half years experience looking for work in Spanish mainland or Ibiza. From Ireland.

    My email
    Kind Regards

  13. Mark Alway says:

    Looking to work in benedorm area for the summer , I have previously done barwork , managed a bar in greece for 2 years , I am working in the construction trade of shop fitting at the moment . I have my city and guilds in , fabricator /welder , SO looing for any work in that area .
    email me ,

  14. hello,im teofilo looking for a job as a painter.ihave 10 years experience on ship.i live in barcelona spain.thank you

  15. Krzysztof Kwapinsky says:

    Welcome. I am a builder with 10 years experience on Construction.28 years. I Speak Polish, German, English and Russian. Has its own tools for most jobs. I have a NVQ level 2 in Drylining. I am after a 3-year school for Plumbers. Annual Rate of metal technic. We also deal with repairs versatile rooms on your own. Decorator, installing bathrooms, kitchens, floors, inserting windows, doorframes. I am very interested moving to Spain. I am Responsible, smiling Person. If anyone has suggestions for me, please call +447413793575 or email THANK YOU

  16. Antonio Di Pietro says:

    Hello, my name is Antonio and although of Italain origin i am English born and speak so.
    I am a fully time served wall and floor tiling specialist and have been a tradesman for some 27 years.
    I cover all aspects of the trade and am looking to move to Gran Canaria for contractual work with a well established english building contractor. my mobile tel number is uk 07513 724171.
    My portfolio is available upon request with customer testemonials.

  17. charlie whitton says:

    My name is charlie am a painter and decorater got level 2 NVG and deplomer looking for work in spain contact me by

  18. Hi All,
    My name i s Sebastian I am qualified carpenter with 15 Years experience. in commercial and domestic carpenter work. I making also furniture and all wood work at home. I will be happy to get work in Spain.

    Phone number +353 857157420

  19. Khan Said says:

    I am job seaker,
    i am electronic repair technician /electrician,i have 10 years experience.

  20. Hi All,
    I am in the very early stages of deciding to move to Spain.I am a qualified electrician, with over 25 years experience in commercial and domestic electrical work.Qualified to city and guilds level 3 as well as inspection and testing certified.I welcome any information with regards to getting a job or being self employed in Spain and also the chances of getting work from the expat community. Thanks.

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