Welcome to our guide to finding work and getting jobs in Fuerteventura which is the most easterly of the Spanish Canary Islands and enjoys a special micro-climate due to being sheltered by Lanzarote to the north.
The second-largest of the Canaries after Tenerife it is situated just 100 km off the North African coast line.
If you are looking for jobs in the Canaries then we will be featuring job pages on other Canary Islands which include: Lanzarote, Gran Canaria, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro, La Graciosa, Alegranza, Isla de Lobos, Montaña Clara, Roque del Este and Roque del Oeste.
Most resorts are family friendly and relatively calm in comparison with some of the noisier resorts elsewhere in the Canaries such as Playa del Ingles in Gran Canaria.
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Is It Hard To Find Work in Fuerteventura?
If you are looking at moving to Fuerteventura you will need to consider how you are going to make a living. Currently the island is in something of a recession and so times are hard if you are looking for work on Fuerteventura.
Many expats who were living here have gone back to the United Kingdom and Germany where they came from – this in turn has led many bars and restaurants to close leading to less vacancies and work opportunities.
We don’t mean to put you off but this is just the reality of the situation and we feel you should be aware of this before you sell up and relocate to Fuerteventura.
Summer Jobs in Fuerteventura in 2015
If however you are just looking for seasonal work for the summer season there is of course many opportunities because of the influx of tourists from all over Europe. The sort of work you will find is of course very much casual work which is often paid cash in hand and without an official job contract.
There is a great demand in the summer in Fuerteventura for people to work behind bars, as dancers and entertainers, DJ’s, promotional reps to get people into the bars and clubs, security such as bouncers and door supervisors, in restaurants working as waiters and waitresses or dishwashers and chefs, in hotels working on reception or as holiday reps looking after the customers of the major tour operators running package holidays to Fuerteventura.
If you are not officially employed on the island, make sure if you are a EU citizen you have applied for a EHIC card which would at least give you emergency medical treatment should you need it.
If you’re fortunate you will get a contract from your employer for a period of six months. This gives you the same rights as a Spanish employee, in particular free medical treatment at the doctors and hospitals.
Working Hours, Pay and Salaries – How Much Can I Earn?
Your employer will of course deduct National Insurance and tax. Wages in Fuerteventura tend to be in the region of €5-€8 per hour for most jobs. Although wages are much lower than they are in the United Kingdom, fortunately the cost of living is much less and you can still enjoy a fantastic lifestyle, being able to eat out and drink on a very small budget.
Working hours in Fuerteventura are unfortunately very long because it is traditional for the Spanish to take their siesta in the middle of the day usually between one o’clock and five o’clock in the afternoon. Most businesses will close down and reopen in the cooler evening hours, although of course this will not apply if you are working in a bar or restaurant which will be open all hours.
Bars and nightclubs on Fuerteventura will tend to open until at least two in the morning if not later so be prepared to work extremely hard and have very high energy levels!
There are some alternatives to work on Fuerteventura which do not involve work in the tourist industry. In particular if you are looking for building jobs or construction jobs you can potentially get work for expat companies who cater to the growing expatriate population on the island. These people tend to prefer workers who speak English as they themselves speak little Spanish.
So if you are a plumber, builder, electrician, tiler, labourer or bricklayer, if you are lucky you will find work.
Alternatively consider starting your own business and becoming self-employed.
You can either form a company known as a S.A. or most commonly you would work as a autonomo which means working as a self-employed individual who contributes social security payments each month.
These social security payments are high and for a family of four you’re likely to be paying approximately €250 a month.
After 15 years you will be entitled to a small state pension and of course the social security payments give you access to the Spanish national health system.
To work officially in Fuerteventura you must have an NIE number. Go to the nearest social security office with your original passport and copy.
You will have to fill in a form so it would be helpful if you learn some basic Spanish but the questions are relatively simple, you will need to provide basic information such as name, address, nationality etc. They issue the NIE number there and then and give you a temporary card.
Most expatriates who have moved to Fuerteventura speak limited Spanish and prefer to deal with English-speaking people. These are just some of jobs that people on the island carry out and earn a living from: cleaners, swimming pool maintenance and cleaning, gardening jobs, villa cleaning jobs, bar jobs and bar work, hairdressing jobs, shop and retail work, taxi service, driving jobs including removals, restaurant jobs such as chefs, waiters and waitresses, sales, estate agents, fitness jobs, beautician jobs, pet care jobs, computer services, business services such as graphic design, computer repair, insurance sales positions, customer service jobs, office jobs, secretarial, admin, carers, nursing jobs and I.T. jobs.
There are certainly better locations in Spain if you are looking at teaching English to Spanish people but as a means of earning some spare part-time cash on the island, this is most definitely one of the best. Language schools on the island will look for internationally recognised professional qualifications such as such as TEFL or ESL
Where To Find Work in Fuerteventura
The most popular towns in which to find work on Fuerteventura are Caleta de Fuste, Correlejo and Costa Calma.
Jobs in Corralejo
Located in the north of the island, Corralejo is one of the sunniest spots on the island of Fuerteventura. Here you will find white sandy beaches, the world-famous sand dunes and watersports.
This is the main place to go in Fuerteventura for nightlife and entertainment which makes it the best place to look for those bar jobs and summer jobs. The busiest area for bars and nightclubs in Corralejo is the Centro Comercial Atlantico on the main strip.
There are plenty of shops, bars, restaurants and clubs to keep you busy and entertained. Corralejo has a transfer time of 45 minutes from the airport.
Jobs in Costa Caleta/Caleta de Fuste
Costa Caleta previously known as Caleta de Fuste is a low-key resort just 15 minutes transfer from the airport with mostly low-rise whitewashed accommodation and a fabulous golden sandy beach.
Jobs in Puerto del Rosario
The capital of Fuerteventura is Puerto del Rosario. It doesn’t have much in the way of tourism attractions and so if you’re looking to find work here you should definitely be able to speak fluent Spanish and be looking for office and administration jobs mainly.
Jobs in Morro Jable
Morro Jable is situated in the south of Fuerteventura. Morro Jable is very popular with German tourists and job seekers who come here for the miles of sandy beaches and good bars and restaurants.
Fuerteventura jobs can be found by the usual means of internet websites, forums, radio, word of mouth and the classified section in local newspapers.
Fuertenews.com – is a new weekly online English language newspaper for the residents of Corralejo, Fuerteventura which has a classified job section.
Below we have a useful video which shows you what the island of Fuerteventura looks like with some of the most scenic places on the island on show.
Primarily aimed towards English-speaking people, we have attempted to help you find work in jobs on the Spanish Canary Island of Fuerteventura by covering the topics listed below:
- About Fuerteventura
- Living in Fuerteventura
- Working in Fuerteventura for English Speakers
- Where to Find Jobs in Fuerteventura
- Are There Winter Jobs in Fuerteventura?
- How do I Get a Job with Accommodation?
- Are there any Fuerteventura job forums?
- Popular Types of Work and Job Vacancies
- Holiday Rep Jobs
- Bar Jobs and Club Jobs on Fuerteventura
- Summer Jobs in Fuerteventura 2014
- Part-Time Work and Jobs Fuerteventura
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Most Popular Places in Spain To Find Work:
Most Popular Work:
- Bar Work in Spain
- Waiters – Waitress
- Skilled Tradesmen
- Holiday/Travel Reps
- Summer & Student Work
- TEFL/Teach English
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