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.

villa-reformThe 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

Painters 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.



Comments

  1. 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.

  2. Khan Said says:

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

  3. 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.
    Thanks.

    Phone number +353 857157420

  4. charlie whitton says:

    Hi
    My name is charlie am a painter and decorater got level 2 NVG and deplomer looking for work in spain contact me by charliecharlie200@hotmail.co.uk

  5. 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.

  6. 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 kwapekrealista@gmail.com THANK YOU

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

  8. 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 , buzz28@live.co.uk

  9. 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 chippycleary@hotmail.com
    Kind Regards

  10. 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 acornbuildingsolutions@hotmail.com

    • JEFFREY WITCHELL says:

      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

  11. 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 ianmurray06@aol.com 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.
    Thanks
    JamesMalone810@ymail.com

  14. 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?

  15. 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

    andy

  16. Josef Haring says:

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

  17. 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

  18. 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.

    Scottsmith21@googlemail.com

  19. Scott McMillan says:

    Hi,
    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.

    scotttraynor@hotmail.com

  20. Reece Cullen says:

    Hi,
    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.
    thanks
    reeceyc90@hotmail.com

  21. Chris Downie says:

    Hi, I am a fully qualified electrician from the UK staying in Los Cristianos looking for some work. Please get in touch if you have any. Thanks.

  22. Hi
    I am looking for a job in Health &Safety.
    I am currently employed for health & Safety Executive, Based in Scotland

    14 years experience as a government regulator

    Post graduate diploma in safety & Health (Herriot Watt University)
    NVQ Lever 4 Regulator

    14 years of continuous professional development by internal regulators.

    language, English & French, Spanish, German

    I am looking for any job in this sector
    Many thanks
    Mike

  23. emerson faith says:

    i am an ex bt telephone engineer with 8 yrs experience in all aspects of telephone cabling and installation work,also accredited bt underground and overhead working at heights,thinking of moving to spain ,english speaking as from uk but im also learning spanish can anybody help or give advice please for work in spain thanks,

  24. Good afternoon
    I am currently seeking employment within the buildig / construction field, with over 30 years experience in this sector as an approved electrician my assets are a contribution to any reputable company.

    Thanks

    Philip M Mason

    • Linda Davis says:

      Hi

      Have you already found work? We are building a property in Mallorca just outside Palma and need the electric installation done. The lst fix is around 2 weeks work i.e. 10 days and we are happy to pay E2,000 we will supply the materials so this is a labour price only

      If you are still looking and are interested please email or phone 01 635 200142 or 07917633326

      Thanks Linda Davis

  25. James Davies says:

    Hi to all,
    I am moving to the Malaga area from the uk. I want to get into the carpentry trade when ive moved over to Spain. Can anyone recommend any courses to apply for and where to go.

  26. Mike Woodford says:

    Hi all,
    I am a builder and joiner of 28 years experience living in the Axarquia, near Malaga. Any project, large or small. Please contact 653 464 719 or email mikewoodford79@gmail.com.

  27. jasvir singh says:

    hi my name is jasvir singh and i wana be a good permanent job . iam doing ITI carpenter from nabha punjab india and i have 10 year work experience as in carpenter in bhadson punjab india my contect no 9501865748

  28. Steve and Elaine says:

    HI ALL
    MY NAME IS STEVE I AM A CAR MECHANIC WITH MANY YEARS IN THE TRADE AND I AM LOOKING FOR WORK IN SPAIN
    I CAN MOVE AT A MINUTES NOTICE
    HOPE YOU CAN HELP ME IF SO PLEASE CONTACT ME AT stevesat44’aol.com OR elainesat33@aol.com
    THANKS
    STEVE

  29. leonaed sureta says:

    My name is leonard sureta qualified building electrician weth10years
    Experience in commercial and recedincial high rise building domestic work
    In living in the spain.
    MAY JOB DESCRIPTION:
    Installation of divices components HV & LV protection.
    Instollation of cable ducts and support for wiring termination.
    Wiring termination for HV & LV protection panels.
    Mechanical assembly of panels for HV & LV side.
    : contact # +34611293723
    Installation of panel board and its raceways for control grounding cables.
    Installation of lighting fixtures its switches raceways and support.
    Installation of welding outlets.
    Installation of MV and LV transformers. MCC. Switch gears at the substation.
    Installation of grounding grid ang grounding system for electrical equipment ang devices.
    Cable pulling cable laying and cable arrangement of MV and LV cable
    Either underground or above tray cable.
    Performed cable glanding of armoured ang non armoured cable.
    LV and MV cable continuity and insullation resistance testing.
    High potential testing of MV cable.
    Earth resistance testing of grounding system.
    Winding resistance and insullation test of LV and MV motors.
    Assist for the precommisioning test of low voltage ACB.MCCB.protective relay and metering.

  30. Hi

    I am a fully qualified and approved electrician (all the qualifications 2391, 17th amd:3, solar pv, am2)
    I can work on all types of installation, domestic, commercial and industrial.

    I’m looking for a new start

    My email dkirk.electrical@gmail.com
    Or 07595040145

    Many thanks
    Dan

  31. Conor Cleary says:

    Hi

    I am a fully qualified painter looking for work in spain
    thanks Conor

  32. Dan Perry says:

    Hi I’m fully qualified electrician that covers all sectors electrocal work. I also program Lutron lighting and Rako control. I want to get over to Spain (any part) and get working but I need some information on getting there. I speak some Spanish and currently brushing up on it. Any ideas of good companies to source work from once over there.

    Thanks

    Dan

  33. julian seal says:

    Hi,

    I want to move to Ibiza. I am currently a Diagnostic Radiographer and I wish to continue practising it in say a ex pat hospital.

    I also used to be a site carpenter and joiner and I really don’t mind doing that again. I still practice joinery when needed and I can do so to stain grain level which is very neat work.

    If anyone wishes to give me a job I am very versatile, I have worked a stone mason and I have also worked with horses and land management, I have no commitments in the UK and I can move anytime.

    More importantly, I am a professional and I can provide references if needed.

    Anyone wishing to contact me can do so on this number: 07914691785 or alternatively email me at j.kareem@hotmail.co.uk

  34. Stu Griffiths says:

    Hi,

    My wife and I are considering moving to Mallorca or another Spanish Island, my wife is a Nurse and has over 10 years experience. I am currently working in sales of industrial equipment but prior to this I was a construction plant fitter / service engineer.
    If anyone knows of any jobs or vital information we will need please let me know.
    Thanks
    Stu

  35. My name is martin i have 27 years experience working on building sites i am also a skilled painter and decorator and have cpc to drive buses nd coaches i am looking for any work in las americas tenerife thanks.

  36. i am looking for a move to benidorm poss next year, i can do loads of diy jobs but mainly do painting & decorating, av worked on building sites and done demolition aswell, so do av quite abit of experiance in construction. im 49 yrs old, thanx.

  37. Hi all,

    I have just recently returned from yet another fantastic holiday in puerto rico and I have been seriously considering moving out there and either setting up my own Tiling and Painting & Decorating business or maybe looking to work for a company already established to perhaps get me started and meet more people and then move on by myself. Ideally I would much prefer to work for myself so that I can give out individual estimates, give guarantees on my own work and build up my own reputation etc. I will keep it brief here but I have 17 years experience in the trade here in the UK and can provide references etc. So if anyone reading this who is living in Gran Canaria is considering any work to start in about 2 months please get in touch so that we can talk in more detail or if you know of anyone who needs a tradesmen then please get in touch with their details or pass on mine and depending on how big the job is, I will pay a small percentage of what the job is worth as a finders fee so to speak just to get me started, and that way once I get started and complete quality work on time and on budget I can start getting a reputation for myself and hopefully more work from the satisfied customers friends, relatives etc as word of mouth, quality and trust is most important and this is how I already work in Oxford, I don’t need to advertise as I get enough work from previous satisfied customers and from their recommendations and so on. I also work for local builders from time to time but prefer to stay on my own as it is less complicated and it is always easier to deal with the person you know and trust. Please get in touch with me at gav79@rocketmail.com if you would like a chat, a quote or any of the above please and I would then happily provide more details about me and hopefully find out a bit more about the way it is done over there. Once again thank you for reading this and I look forward to hearing back from you all.

  38. michael high says:

    Hi I’m Mick , I’m a qualified painter and decorator and qualified carpenter/joiner with many years time served in both trades . I am considering moving to Feurteventura with a friend and i am wondering if there are many vacancies in my trades over there at the moment .

  39. oscar muniz says:

    Hi my name is oscar my job is artificial rocks, waterfall, grate, and slides. I have 25 years of experience. I have worked in the U.S and if someone is interested in me doing your jobs please contact me at oscarmuniz60@yahoo.com

  40. kevin worden says:

    Hi my names and im a decorator and plaster of 20+yrs I have alot of good references and am looking for a new challenge if anybody could help or is looking for a quality tradesman olease get in touch many thanks smithandworden@hotmail.co.uk

  41. Cezar Mitroi says:

    Hello, my name is Cezar and I’ve been working as an electrician for 20 years in the United States and previously in Europe. My wife has worked as a caregiver for 14 years and we would like to relocate to Spain because we would like to move back to Europe. We both speak English and Romanian so it wouldn’t be difficult for us to learn Spanish. If anyone is looking for good and trustworthy people please contact us at angemit@sbcglobal.net.

  42. Jamie Bytheway says:

    Hello.
    My name is Jamie. I am a plumber and gas fitter. (Gas safe registered) I fit appliances, bathrooms and kitchens and also perform general construction work.
    In addition, I have extensive network and telecom installation and service experience. Copper and fiber optic cable installation etc. My wife is a qualified barber we are planning a relocation to Spain (Almeria, Granada are) later this year. We both have all our own equipment to perfor our relevant work.
    Please forward enquirers or interest to. plumbitright@yahoo.co.uk. Or call me (uk) +447908778819
    Thank you.

  43. Hi All,
    My name is Vincenzo 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.
    Thanks.

    Phone number +39 3802176695

  44. Dan kingsbury says:

    Hi all
    I’m thinking of moving to Tenerife I’m currently a solar engineer qualified electrician and plumber with a lot more skills I’ve learnt along the way.
    Any help or recommendations would be appreciated
    Thank you
    077921 91569
    Kingsbury6987@gmail.com

  45. lee butler says:

    Hi my name is lee butler i live in wales im a level 3painter and dec and im looking to move to span like so im looking for a job hard working guy im 25

  46. Hi .
    We planning a move to Spain and I am a small builder with over 30 years experience(Germany,England,Ireland)..
    Plaster by trade but can turn my hand to most trades.I do however get other trades in when needed.I can offer advice if you are thinking of buying/renovating a property and help get ideas of potential work etc
    Roche Renovations can also maintain your property and offer a professional reliable service.
    Please feel free to contact me for any further information.

    info@rocherenovations.ie

  47. Hi my names Dave and I’m a nvq bricklayer, and can plaster ,tile,lay floors can put my hand to most jobs I’m looking to move to sunny Spain so please if anyone has some work or can point me in right direction that would be good hope to hear from someone many thanks Dave … Davejohno1979@gmail.com

  48. Martin Jose Clavijo Pereyra says:

    Hi everyone

    My name is Martin I’m a boiler engineer with 9 years experience in Junkers officcial reparation service in Madrid.
    Gas devices to produce hot water and heating,and gas tanks.
    Gas registered in Spain.
    Spanish and English speakear.
    If you want to contact macla468@gmail.com

    Thanks

  49. Hi iam spray painter hom & machinery paint work so ples one job me my experience is 14 year

  50. Hi my names Jake I’m 22 from the uk worked in construction as a labourer since I was 16 and now been trained as a roofer for the past 2 years , I’m still in contract with a reputable roofing company in the uk .

    Tile and baton
    Lead work
    Felt
    Sarnafil membrane
    Fascia and gutters

    I’m really interested in any work possible out in Spain within the construction industry but preferably roofing please emai me samanthaphillips160@gmail.com

  51. Simon Ellis says:

    Hello I am a drywall finisher from Canada living in Barcelona and ready to work. (I have my NIE) Specializing in hand trowel finish for 15 years. I am also proficient in us of all machine tools. I completed my journeyman carpentry apprenticeship. Drywall finishing was a trade I excelled at.
    Please feel free to contact me for any further information
    # 722565150
    Symwon@icloud.com

  52. Peter Dean says:

    Hi my names Peter a 60 year old plumber moving to Fuengirola in September looking for part time work. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated. Please contact me at peterdean00@lycos.com. Kind regards Peter

  53. Scott etchells says:

    Hi my name is Scott I am moveing to Marbella in August I am a builder I can do pretty much anything from joinery to painting tileing plastering etc I am looking for work I am reliable and trust worthy an take a lot of pride in my work.
    scottetch1988@gmail.com
    07341844861

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