If you are a young person considering what to do with your summer holidays you may be thinking about getting a summer job in Ibiza.
In this article we introduce a great way of working in Ibiza which is to get a job as a holiday rep.
Sometimes also referred to as a overseas rep, travel or transfer rep, this job involves working for one of the major tour operators and dealing with the many situations and problems that arise in looking after the thousands of customers arriving on the island each year.
You may also want to read our related page on Ibiza’s hotel jobs.
Why Get Work As a Rep?
Working as a holiday rep in Ibiza is a more stable alternative to turning up on the spot and trying to find a summer job.
Doing it yourself will involve organising flights and most importantly long-term accommodation.
After all that you might not even get a job, leaving yourself seriously out of pocket and probably needing to get the next flight back home.
Despite the rowdy image that has been portrayed on TV shows such as Ibiza Uncovered which have followed the lives of travel reps and holiday reps, the reality is somewhat different. You will be expected to be sensible and generally well-behaved in order to look after the customers in dealing with their problems.
Don’t turn up in Ibiza and then look for rep jobs because there is a formal application process which begins many months before the summer season and this is organised with the head offices of the tour operators in the UK.
In reality there are better places to look jobs as holiday reps for example the Canary Islands such as Gran Canaria, Tenerife and Lanzarote would be better.
Consider also Mallorca/Majorca jobs with the mass tourist resorts of Magalluf and Palma Nova. Even mainland Spain has good places such as Benidorm and Fuengirola.
The reason we suggest Ibiza is not as good as these other places in Spain is because many tourists who are heading for the nightlife on Ibiza tend to arrange their own trips as opposed to the mass package resorts that we have previously mentioned. So naturally there would not be as many holiday rep jobs.
Which Tour Operators Employ Holiday Reps in Ibiza?
There are many specialist travel companies operating holidays to Ibiza especially for fans of dance music. The major tour operators of Thomson, Club 18-30, First Choice and Thomas Cook operate here.
We have an excellent page which gives you the direct links and contact information for all of these companies above, see our page on holiday rep jobs Spain.
Many people just go directly to Ibiza and get jobs in bars and restaurants but as a rep you are flown there all expenses paid and then you are accommodated and provided your meals and drinks. That surely has to be a better option!
As an alternative to organising everything yourself independently there are also many working holiday companies which try find you work on the island. Three major names you will come across have been reviewed here: Air Pro Reviews, Sun Kiss Reviews and PlayaWay Abroad Reviews.
Where in Ibiza Would I Be Working?
The highest probability is that you would be working in the major resort of San Antonio which is where the highest concentration of bars and restaurants are located. Here you can also find many PR rep jobs in Ibiza.
This is where the famous Sunset Strip is located with bars such as Cafe del Mar and Cafe Mambo.
Many of the major Ibiza clubs such as Eden and Es Paradis are here.
If you can’t work as a holiday rep in Ibiza you could look at Tenerife, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria or Mallorca.
On the Spanish mainland you could find rep work in the resorts of: Fuengirola, Torremolinos, Benidorm, Marbella and Puerto Banus.
Do I Need Any Special Qualifications?
Being a rep is more about your personality and character than any certificates or qualifications that you have gained.
Practical qualifications may be useful such as first aid and anything that shows you are motivated and goal-orientated will look good.
Although you will be working in Spain you won’t need to be fluent in Spanish although learning some basics would help you in the resort and look good to your interviewers as it shows you are making an effort.
Being a rep is all about self responsibility and putting the customer’s needs first.
You will need to be a very energetic person because working hours can be very long and at any time the customers may come to you with problems or emergencies such as medical situations, losing their passport, being victims of crime or being arrested through being drunk and disorderly. The life of a holiday rep on Ibiza is certainly not dull!
There are other positions with the tour operators as entertainers, animators, dancers, kids clubs and transfer reps.
How Much Do Reps in Ibiza Earn?
The salary from working as a holiday rep for one of the major companies is extremely reasonable as you would expect.
Reps usually earn in the region of £200-£250 per week which can rise if you are good at selling extra excursions to guests.
Don’t forget that you will not have to find any accommodation in Ibiza and your living expenses are covered as you will usually be entitled to free meals in the hotels.
Ibiza Holiday Reps Summary
This article supplements our main section on jobs in Ibiza. For all other jobs and work in Spain see our main index page.
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