Welcome to our page on finding jobs and work on the Balearic Island of Ibiza which is part of Spain.
Ibiza (also written as Eivissa) is a famous summertime destination for lovers of dance and club music.
Party-goers come here from all over the world just to experience the legendary nightlife and as such is a great opportunity to get seasonal work if you are a student.
Some people forget that Ibiza also has some fantastic beaches which are very popular with families. Many of these beaches have fantastic sand and the waters are crystal clear turquoise waters just like being in the Caribbean despite Ibiza only being 79 km from the eastern coast of Spain.
Ibiza is the third largest of the Balearic Islands. Popular with the hippy community during the 1960′s, Ibiza is best known today for its wild night-life, with clubs such as Space, Privilege, Eden and Es Paradis famous throughout Europe.
The island is more than just a party capital though – Ibiza also boasts some beautiful scenery, unspoilt villages of whitewashed houses, historic attractions and fine sandy beaches.
If we know of any job vacancies they will be listed somewhere on this page.
Otherwise sit back and relax we have a fantastic guide all about working on the wonderful island of Ibiza.
Just a word of warning, while there may be many jobs every single year on the island, the amount of people arriving looking for work is massive.
Plan ahead and start looking now and try get your job for next year’s summer season all lined up before you even arrive, we will show you how.
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WORKING IN IBIZA – JOB VACANCIES IN IBIZA
Probably the most popular place in Spain to look for jobs and work is Ibiza. The only rivals would be fellow Balearic island Mallorca and the Canary Islands of Tenerife, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria.
Although it is only the third largest of the group of islands known as the Balearic Islands, Ibiza is sought-after for jobs because of its popularity amongst younger people as a party island with world famous nightclubs, bars and pubs.
Ibiza has a world-famous reputation for it’s nightlife and people come here from all around the world to go to famous clubs such as Pacha, Space, Cream, Privilege, Es Paradis, Amnesia and Eden to name just a few. Naturally many people will then want to find club jobs.
Even without the popularity of the nightlife that Ibiza has earned, the island is absolutely beautiful and would still be a popular tourist destination due to it’s fine sandy beaches and clear turquoise waters, attracting families from all over Europe for their summer holidays.
In Ibiza Town, the capital, you will find some lovely quiet winding streets with plenty of unspoilt white-washed traditional houses and historic sights.
The most popular place to find jobs in Ibiza would be to look for jobs in San Antonio (also known as Sant Antoni) where most of the action and nightlife is located especially in the famous West End area where most of the bars and pubs are.
San Antonio is also known as San An but that is not the only place to look for work. Other resorts and towns are: Cala Llonga, Es Cana, Figueretas, Formentera, Ibiza Town, Playa D’en Bossa, Portinatx, Puerto San Miguel, S’argamassa, Sa Caleta, San Jose, Santa Eulalia and Talamanca.
Do I Need a Visa to Work in Ibiza?
Not if you are a EU citizen. However you will need a visa if you an American, Canadian or Australian or any other non-European Union country. Apply to the Spanish Embassy in your country for a three month visa.
Do I Need a NIE Number to Work in Ibiza?
If you are offered a job which comes with an official work contract then you will definitely need your N.I.E. number.
This is your tax identification number in Spain and stands for Número de Identificación de Extranjeros.
Go to the local police station and fill out the necessary forms. Some simple details are required such as address, name, passport number etc. You are usually issued with a temporary card there and then. It is helpful to have a copy of your passport and a passport sized photo.
Most jobs in Ibiza are paid in cash and therefore technically you are working illegally. It also means you won’t need a NIE number.
If you have an emergency in Ibiza we have a useful page with important Ibiza phone numbers which also includes contact details for airlines, ferry companies, taxis, buses and embassies and consulates.
Ibiza is the perfect destination for students and seasonal workers looking for temporary work during their summer break. As well as being paid you will be working in a holiday destination which won’t feel like you’re working!
Most of the seasonal work in Ibiza are to be found either in the busy resort of San Antonio or on the other side of the island in the capital Ibiza Town where the famous club of Pacha is located or the famous club Space in Playa d’en Bossa.
The most popular summer jobs are to be found in the heart of the action in the numerous bars, pubs and clubs.
These venues need people to tend behind the bar, man the cloakroom, collect glasses, distribute leaflets, as dancers, DJ’s, as PR’s, as security staff.
Hostessing in Ibiza can be a very rewarding experience and glamorous girls with lots of style can find it is a very lucrative profession with potential for great tips.
Ibiza has a great demand for DJ jobs.
If you are a dancer you also stand a good chance of finding an Ibiza dancer job in one of the top clubs such as Space, Pacha, DC-10, Es Paradis and Eden.
There are also plenty of restaurants which have the usual positions for waiters and waitresses as well as behind the scenes in the kitchen as chefs and cooks.
Some of the larger hotels in Ibiza will also require temporary staff for the summer in such roles as behind reception, cleaners, animators, entertainers or nursery and childcare.
The famous opening parties for the major clubs start mid May going through to the closing parties in mid-September.
Don’t expect to earn a lot of money, this is very much about the experience. Hopefully you will earn enough to cover your living expenses. If you are looking for a summer job in order to save money, then this is definitely not the place for you!
BAR JOBS IN IBIZA
Most job vacancies in Ibiza are going to be bar jobs simply because the island is known to be one big party all summer long. Working in a bar is very straightforward, requiring little Spanish (if any).
Head straight for the west end area of San Antonio which has the highest concentration of bars on the island. If you are really lucky you might get a job serving behind the bar in one of the major clubs such as Pacha or Space.
You will probably have to be a stunning looking woman to get a job in one of the famous bars like Cafe del Mar, Cafe Mambo or Savannah on the Sunset Strip where people gather in the evening to watch the sun go down.
So how much does bar work in Ibiza pay?
Most jobs will be paid unofficially with cash, without a working contract so that your employers can avoid paying into the Social Security system in Spain and so you have no rights.
Employers know that there are plenty of other people out there willing to take your position, some bars paying as little as four Euros an hour but most will be six Euros an hour.
Our detailed guide on bar jobs goes into more detail.
PR JOBS IN IBIZA
If you are struggling to find work then you must surely be able to get work as a PR. The PR is short for public relations.
This is a promotional job whereby you try and attract more customers for bars, clubs and even restaurants. This will usually involve standing directly outside the venue and handing out leaflets which often offer cheap drinks and special offers such as 2 for 1 drinks.
These jobs are relatively easy to get because most of them are commission only, so the bar owners have absolutely nothing to lose by taking you on and everything to gain if you are good.
You will generally earn €30-€50 per evening which is just about enough to survive in Ibiza.
HOTEL JOBS IN IBIZA
Finding work in hotels is possible but there are much better areas of Spain that we would suggest before looking at Ibiza. Of course there are plenty of hotels in Ibiza but it isn’t a mass tourist destination such as Tenerife, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria or Torremolinos.
In these other major Spanish tourist destinations a higher percentage of guests arrive on package holidays where they need to be looked after by reps. With the unique attraction of Ibiza being the dance and club scene, many visitors are happy to arrange their own itinerary.
The other downside is that most positions such as receptionist will require being multilingual. Other more casual positions such as chambermaids are likely to be filled by immigrants happy to work for less than minimum wage.
HOLIDAY REP JOBS IBIZA
Many young people who are looking for work and jobs abroad think of finding a job as a holiday rep.
This is a viable option but there are better islands for getting jobs as holiday reps in Spain. This is because other islands attract more families who are the typical customers for the package holidays run by the tour operators such as Thomas Cook, Thomson, 18 to 30 and First Choice.
Ibiza is very much a destination for young people into their dance music and the party scene and mostly they organise their travel arrangements themselves. Having said this, of course there are organised holidays with reps on hand to look after the guests, so yes there are opportunities.
You have to work hard and part of your wages will be dependent on selling extra excursions and trips to the guests. The salaries are reasonable and most importantly, your expenses are covered such as housing, meals and drinks.
RESTAURANT JOBS IN IBIZA
After bar work, restaurant in Ibiza is probably the best opportunity for casual work that you can find.
There are so many restaurants in Ibiza and there is a huge demand in the summer for waiters and waitresses.
Getting a job in a restaurant or cafe is very similar to getting a job in a bar. In other words these vacancies are just not advertised because there are so many people coming into the restaurants asking for work. The owners do not need to advertise.
In serving food and drinks and waiting on tables you would need to be friendly and outgoing and be able to smile even when the pressure is on. This is crucial to be able to get good tips because the basic pay is around €5 an hour so with tips on top you could actually do very well at this job. Most restaurants will give a free meal per shift.
Downsides? You will be required to work six days a week for about 10 hours each day. So while you might be working in Ibiza, you may feel like you’re missing out as the tourists go down to the beach or clubs.
It will be expected that you can speak some basic words of Spanish.
Chefs and cooks will be needed in the kitchens as well as dishwashers.
Selling tickets in Ibiza for many major events, parties and club nights may sound attractive but it a very hard job because the pressure is always on.
You will be paid only on commission which will vary but can usually be around €3-€4 per ticket so you need to sell a lot to make the job pay for your living expenses. The trouble is there are so many other ticket sellers out there saturating the market.
Advantages of being a ticket seller in Ibiza are that you can earn a lot if you are good at sales and you can work your hours to suit. As usual you often get free passes into the clubs as a worker. If you can’t get in free, see our page on buying tickets for Pacha.
TEACHING JOBS IN IBIZA
Working in a bar, restaurant or club is fantastic fun because you are working right where the holiday action is but this type of job isn’t for everybody. As a complete alternative how about teaching English in Ibiza?
There are plenty of Spanish professional people who have realised that to make more money they need to be able to speak good English in order to get more business and customers.
Many locals speak Ibicenc, a dialect of Catalán but they are also competent in Castellano, which we recognise as Spanish.
More and more Spanish people are realising that learning English is of benefit for their children for the future.
It is quite straightforward and easy to go do a course in advance which will massively increase your chances of getting a job with a language school in Ibiza – try taking the internationally recognised TEFL or ESL course and in future years you could travel the world and teach English.
Most people teaching English in Ibiza do so as a part-time job and take on any other type of work they can get. If you are fortunate you could get a teaching post for an international school. A good school might pay a salary of between €1500 and €2000 a month but you would then have to rent an apartment which is usually €500 a month plus bills.
Useful Resources for Teaching English in Ibiza:
Morna International College: “MIC was founded in 1973 – it was initially named the Morna Valley School after its original location and only recently moved to its current home in Sta. Gertrudis.”
IIS – “In our language school in Ibiza our Spanish, German and English courses always deliver maximum learning success.”
WHERE TO FIND WORK AND JOBS IN IBIZA
Ibiza job websites & forums – Any vacancies that we have to offer will be listed at the bottom of this page. Below we list some of the best websites and forums that we have found which list the latest jobs in Ibiza:
Ibiza Job Centre – “Ibiza Job Centre is the online portal that puts eager EU job seekers in contact with potential employers and gives companies the opportunity to advertise to a core of willing candidates.” Employers can advertise their job vacancies in Ibiza for €25 plus IVA – alternatively list your jobs for free on our site.
Ibiza Job Offers – “We decided to gather and publish all incoming information concerning working and summer jobs in this page.”
Word-of-mouth – Most jobs in Ibiza are gained by being there in person. Most bars and restaurants have so many people coming in and asking for work that they don’t need to actually advertise.
Local newspapers in Ibiza – The island has a number of free magazines and newspapers in English which typically have classified job advertisement sections.
Iber Empleos – “Whatever your professional profile, experience, training and availability, find your next job in any province of Spain”
Ultima Hora Ibiza – Daily newspaper for Ibiza.
Ibiza Sun: Available every Wednesday morning includes news, film and book reviews, classified adverts.
Recruitment agencies in Ibiza – Currently we are not aware of any recruitment agencies.
When deciding what job offers to accept try to take those that come with an official working contract which is usually for a duration of three months. An official contract entitles you to the free Spanish state healthcare system, free Spanish school system and unemployment and pension benefits.
JOBS IN SAN ANTONIO IBIZA
San Antonio (Sant Antoni) is situated on the west coast of Ibiza, about 10 miles (16km) northwest of the capital, Ibiza Town. Known to holidaymakers as ‘San An’, this is the island’s liveliest resort with a host of popular nightclubs often featuring some of Europe’s best DJ’s.
As San Antonio is the most popular tourist destination on the Spanish island of Ibiza you will find many openings and and job vacancies in the catering trades such as for cooks, waiters, waitresses, dishwashers, bar jobs, hotel jobs, holiday reps, drivers etc.
Of course many of these jobs are seasonal in nature and are best for people searching for summer jobs in San Antonio. Bar jobs in San Antonio are the most common type of job available.
Many people start their night out on the ‘Sunset Strip’ to the west of the town centre. The most famous bar here is the Cafe del Mar, which helped to put Ibiza on the map as a major nightclubbing destination.
Other well-known bars on the strip include Cafe Mambo and the long-established Savannah. The biggest nightclub in town, Es Paradis, is located in the West End on Calle Salvador Espiritu behind the beach and promenade.
Close by is another big-name club, Eden, which regularly attracts top DJ’s such as Judge Jules. The West End is also home to many British bars, discos and kebab shops. A few miles east of the town are the two biggest nightclubs on the island, Privilege and Amnesia.
San Antonio does have some lovely beaches so it is a popular place in which to live. To the north of Sunset Strip is the small rocky cove of Calo D’es Moro, lined with several new bars and restaurants.
Beyond this cove is the small, lovely beach of Cala Gracio boasting fine white sand. Next to Cala Gracio is the Aquarium Cap Blanc, home to a variety of Mediterranean sea creatures including octopuses, lobsters and eels.
San Antonio’s main beach is the 800-metre s’Arenal, which stretches south from the ‘Egg’ sculpture on the harbour front to the promontory of Punta des Moli.
JOBS IN IBIZA TOWN
Ibiza Town is the capital of Ibiza and this is also a good source of work and jobs. It is also a lovely place to live and it has a beautiful historic old quarter full of old cobbled streets and plazas.
Historic sights include the walled citadel of Dalt Vila, which includes the Gothic cathedral of Nuestra Senora de las Nieves dating from the 13th century and the hilltop castle.
Nightlife in Ibiza Town is based around the Sa Penya district. Perhaps the world’s most famous nightclub (Pacha) is located here. Two popular nightclubs, Space and Bora Bora are not too far away in the beach resort of Playa d’en Bossa which has the longest Blue Flag beach on Ibiza.
This side of Ibiza is very popular with families and other resorts you can search for work include Santa Eulalia, a few miles north of Ibiza Town, Es Cana a small town and Cala Llonga.
OTHER TYPES OF WORK & JOBS IN IBIZA
Having covered the most popular types of jobs that you’re most likely to get in Ibiza we now briefly cover some of the other common types of English-speaking jobs that you might find.
Tradesmen and Construction Jobs in Ibiza
The building industry on Ibiza has certainly come to a grinding halt with much construction on hold until the economy picks up. Nevertheless people who own villas, apartments and townhouses still need skilled tradesmen such as plumbers, builders, electricians, tilers, painters, plasterers, bricklayers and labourers.
For more advice on working in Spain see our building jobs in Spain page.
Ibiza Property Jobs
Although fewer people are moving to the island there is still a thriving rental and lettings market which requires English-speaking estate agents and letting agents. There are plenty of spin-off jobs in the sector. Properties still need maintaining and so if you are a gardener or swimming pool cleaner there are opportunities.
With holiday rentals there is a demand for change and staff to clean villas and apartments. It is hard work and relatively low paying but a job is a job as they say.
Driving Jobs in Ibiza
Especially in the summer there is a demand for taxi drivers, shuttle bus and coach drivers to transport tourists from the airport to their accommodation. Drivers are also needed for excursions and day trips around the island.
A more interesting driving job in Ibiza would be working for one of the VIP services where you pick up DJ’s and pop stars from the airport and drive them to their hotel or club and back again.
You will need to be extremely reliable for these airport runs which can earn you €30 each trip you do.
Ibiza Angels Massages
You could work for the company Ibiza Angels providing massages to customers in the VIP areas of Ibiza’s top nightclubs. Training is given in how to perform a seven minute Indian head massage.
The massive advantage of this job is that you’re actually working in the clubs in the VIP areas so you are bound to meet some famous people.
The disadvantage is that you get paid on results, earning from your tips, so you might earn hundreds of euros one night and virtually nothing the next.
Jobs in Ibiza for Professionals
This really isn’t the place in Spain to be looking for professional or office type jobs. For those you should look to the major cities such as Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia where many multinational companies have their Spanish headquarters. There are however some managerial, marketing, IT, webdesign, legal, media, office, executive, admin and secretarial work.
Ibiza Marina Jobs – Marine Jobs
With magnificent coasts and beaches, consistently warm temperatures, average winds and more than 2,500 berths for power boats and yachts, Ibiza offers the ideal conditions for nautical jobs such as sailing and crewing jobs.
The Island of Ibiza has eight marinas: Nautical Club of Ibiza, Nautical Club of Sant Antoni de Portmany, Port of Ibiza Town, Marina Coralmar and Marina of Santa Eulalia del Rio, Marina New Ibiza, Marina Marina de Botafoch and Port of Portmany’s Sant Antoni.
This sector represents an excellent one for young women looking for jobs in Ibiza. If you enjoy looking after children then there are definitely positions to work as a nanny or Au pair.
Au pairs and nannies work for a host family where perhaps both parents go to work or you are working for families on vacation in Ibiza and they want to be able to relax while the children are cared for.
Working as an au pair in Ibiza is very poorly paid but you do get to live with your host family and so you have virtually no living expenses at all as accommodation and meals are provided. You will get some pocket money but this is a great opportunity to be able to live in Ibiza.
One of the major downsides of this work is that you will have to be on hand for the children most of the time so it will be frustrating if you want to be able to go out to clubs and bars.
Expat Jobs – English-speaking Jobs in Ibiza
As we have already covered, Ibiza is most definitely one of the best places to look for English-speaking jobs in Spain. A few words of Spanish certainly doesn’t harm your chances of getting a job but it isn’t necessary.
The vast range of nationalities working on Ibiza is absolutely incredible. There are lots of British, Aussies, Irish, Germans, Dutch, French, Scandinavians, Americans, Canadians, South Africans, Romanians, Russians, you name it!
In common with many areas of Spain, Ibiza has had a large influx of foreign residents, commonly known as expats or expatriates. These permanent residents often speak little Spanish and prefer to deal with English-speaking people.
So there is a great demand for goods and services which you could potentially provide by starting your own business or working in a job.
Some of the examples of vocations and trades that people have successfully carried out in Ibiza include:
Hairdressing jobs, retail/shops work, sales jobs, telemarketing, telesales, photographer, make-up artist, presenters, nursing jobs, personal trainer, beautician, pet care, computer services, business services, graphic design, computer repair, insurance sales, customer service jobs, journalists, writers etc.
Video of Ibiza
Below is a You Tube video showing the very best sights in Ibiza “Ibiza, also known as the White Island, is an island in the Mediterranean Sea, 79 km off the coast of Spain. The island, one of the 4 Balearic Islands, consists of cove beaches, high towering cliffs and is densely covered with pine trees. The island’s capital is Ibiza-Town, one of Europe’s oldest towns.”
Working in Ibiza Summary
We literally get inundated with questions all about working in Ibiza. People want jobs and they really don’t mind what type of work they get as long as they get to be on the island for one of the famous summer seasons.
Whether you are a massive dance fan and you want to get work in bars and nightclubs or you just fancy a bit of summer sunshine and the enjoyment of the fantastic beaches, there are plenty of job vacancies. The only trouble is there are thousands of people wanting them from all over Europe and beyond!
We hope we have answered many of the frequently asked questions below and at least given you a head start over your competition.
- About Ibiza (Eivissa)
- Living in Ibiza
- Working in Ibiza for English Speakers
- Where to Find Jobs in Ibiza
- Popular Types of Work and Job Vacancies
- Holiday Rep Jobs in Ibiza
- Dancer & DJ Jobs
- I am looking for a job in Ibiza
- Working in Ibiza Forums
- Bar Jobs and Club Jobs on Ibiza
- Jobs in Pacha, Eden & Space
- Summer Jobs in Ibiza 2016
- Part-Time Work and Jobs Ibiza (Eivissa)
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