Mallorca is a beautiful Spanish island which is one of a group known as the Balearic Islands which also includes Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera.
Mallorca is also commonly called Majorca by people from the United Kingdom and is known as one of the best summer holiday destinations in Europe due to its fantastic climate, beaches and stunning scenery. Over 6 million tourists visit the island each year.
The largest city on Mallorca is Palma de Mallorca which is also the capital of the Balearic Islands. The total population on the island is 869,000 so there are many workers and jobs catering to these residents.
The island is set about 170 km off the coast of mainland Spain. Because of its location it isn’t the best place to look for winter jobs in Spain. That unquestionably is the Canary Islands which are located much further south and closer to Africa than Spain.
We also have useful job pages on the Canaries, for example Tenerife, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria.
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Is It Hard To Find Work in Mallorca?
If you are looking for jobs for English-speaking people then despite the current economic downturn there is still lots positions available although mostly just for the summer tourist season. In fact the island is dependent on tourism for over 80% of its gross domestic product (GDP). Over 50% of the islands workers are working in this sector.
If you are looking to relocate to Majorca and live here on a permanent basis then unfortunately it can be extremely hard to survive financially with many British expatriates having moved back to the UK.
These are the major tourist resorts and towns on Mallorca: Palma de Mallorca (the capital), Alaro, Alcudia, Ca’n Picafort, Caimari, Cala Bona, Cala D’or, Cala Millor, Cala San Vicente, Calas De Mallorca, Camp De Mar, Costa De Los Pinos, Deya, Illetas, Paguera, Palma Nova, Playa De Muro, Pollensa, Puerto De Soller, Puerto Pollensa, Pula Golf, Son Severa, Randa, Sa Coma, Sa Pobla, Santa Margalida, Santa Ponsa and Santanyi.
Do I Need a Visa to Work in Mallorca?
As long as you are a EU citizen then you do not require a visa although you will need to get a N.I.E. number (Numero de Identificacion Fiscal) if you are going to be employed legally. If you are from a country outside the European Union such as the USA, Canada or Australia you will need to apply for a three-month visa.
How Do I Get a N.I.E. number in Majorca?
Your Spanish N.I.E. number is basically a tax identification number for foreigners similar to your National Insurance number if you are from the UK.
Go to the nearest social security office or police station in Mallorca with your original passport and copy. A form is required to provide basic information such as name, address, nationality etc.
Your own personal N.I.E. number will usually be issued immediately and you will be given a temporary card.
Medical Care for Workers
Many seasonal workers arrive in Majorca to work for the summer without seriously considering what would happen if they got ill or had to go to hospital. Free emergency medical treatment is available as long as you are from a European country such as Germany or the United Kingdom. Before your arrival into Mallorca, get the free EHIC card.
The alternative is to purchase private health insurance for Spain which would cost around €100 per month.
Summer Jobs in Mallorca (Majorca)
Without doubt most jobs in Majorca for 2014 will be seasonal summer jobs which generally would appeal towards students and younger people looking to experience working in clubs and bars as well as restaurants.
Young students are especially welcomed by employers on the island who know that they will work for relatively low wages. Employers also know that summer workers can be paid cash in hand without the need to be employed on an official contract which of course would cost the employer more in social security contributions.
Being employed without an official working contract means you have no rights and no entitlement to the Spanish health care system which is free to workers paying into the system. Schooling in Mallorca is also free if you are part of the system.
Young seasonal workers and students looking to work the summer in Mallorca are usually bubbly, confident and fun people which is exactly the type of customers that the bar and club owners want to attract into their establishments.
Most summer jobs in Mallorca will be in the busiest tourist resorts, the biggest being Magaluf, followed by Palma Nova and Cala Millor.
Other major resorts worth trying would be Alcudia and Puerto De Soller (Port de Soller).
Below we cover in more detail some of the more popular types of summer jobs in Mallorca (Majorca).
It is pretty much what you would expect such as working in bars, restaurants and clubs.
If you are really lucky you might just find a job at one of the many excellent beaches on the island. There are beach bars and restaurants at the beaches as well as water sports offering to teach wind surfing, sailing, diving and jet-skiing.
Other types of summer work in Mallorca:
Work in the security field as door staff for bars and clubs. All clubs in Majorca require door supervisors and bouncers to control entrance and safety.
Many major clubs and bars will also require DJ’s and public relations reps (PRs) to get more customers.
PRs either walk round the resorts in the daytime handing out flyers or leaflets or they stand outside in the street in the evening. A PR must be confident, outgoing and able to attract people’s attention. A sense of humour is a must to be able to persuade people to come in for a drink when they would otherwise have walked on by.
With over 2,500 restaurants on the island there are naturally many positions for working as waiters and waitresses. Alternatively you could help in the kitchen as a kitchen assistant, dishwasher, cook or chef.
Work as a Dancer in Mallorca
Many of the major hotels in Mallorca put on nightly entertainment shows which are a mixture of singing, dancing and comedy.
Alternatively there are lots of bars and especially nightclubs that require dancers in order to entertain guests and attract more customers in.
Then of course there are the lap dancing clubs and strip clubs in Mallorca/Majorca where pole dancers are employed.
Getting bar work on the island is without doubt the most popular job you can find due to the popularity of Mallorca as a tourist destination for young people and families from all over Europe.
The best thing about the bar jobs is that most of them are located in the popular beach resorts of Mallorca, so they are a wonderful place to live for the summer as you can go to the beaches on your day off.
Obviously you won’t be expecting to earn much, wages for bar work are typically around six Euros an hour and paid in cash.
You would also have to find accommodation on top as well as food and board. To rent a studio apartment in the summer would cost at least €450 + utility bills.
Mallorca Rocks – Hotel Jobs
After the very successful launch of the Ibiza Rocks Hotel, the group have expanded to the island of Mallorca opening the Mallorca Rocks Hotel in Magaluf in June 2010.
The hotel hosts massive rock concerts in the open air-courtyard from world famous artists and DJ’s such as Dizzee Rascal, Calvin Harris and Tinie Tempah.
There are good opportunities for jobs at Mallorca Rocks in various capacities such as hospitality, hotel, bar, restaurant and promotion – see our jobs at Ibiza Rocks page for current vacancies.
There are plenty of other hotels in Mallorca where you can find work. If you’re thinking of working as a holiday rep in a hotel then these jobs need to be found in advance of your arrival in Majorca. See our main holiday rep page.
Other Mallorca hotel jobs will include cleaning as a chambermaid, working in the bars or restaurants, singing, dancing, animators and entertainers.
If you seek work as a hotel receptionist then you will certainly need to be able to speak Spanish, English and German as a minimum.
Where To Find Work in Mallorca (Majorca)
There are work and job opportunities all over this popular Balearic island. The major tourist resorts are covered below along with the capital of Palma de Mallorca.
Magaluf and Palma Nova are the two most commercial resorts with good beaches and a reputation for being full of bars, pubs, restaurants, shops and nightclubs. This is the best place to find your summer job in Majorca.
Work in West Mallorca
The western side of Mallorca is where you will find the airport, capital (Palma) and most of Mallorca’s established mass tourism resorts such as Palma Nova, Magaluf and Santa Ponsa. Other smaller resorts to search for work include Peguera (aka Paguera), Port de Soller (aka Puerto Soller), Cala Mayor, Camp de Mar, Portals Nous, Illetes and Sant Elm.
Palma de Mallorca
Palma de Mallorca is the largest city on Mallorca with a population of over 300,000 people. This is almost certainly where you would arrive into the island whether by sea into the port of Palma or by air into Son Sant Joan international airport on the outskirts of Palma.
Being the capital, as you would expect this is the place for shopping and the city has several tourist attractions most notably the Cathedral La Seu. There plenty of jobs here but of course most go to the locals and fluent Spanish would be essential.
Jobs in Santa Ponsa
Santa Ponsa is also known as Santa Ponça and is a large resort between the resorts of Palma Nova and Paguera. The resort is built around a large bay with Playa de Santa Ponsa being the main beach. The Square is the area to go for night life and bars.
Jobs in Cala Mayor
Cala Mayor is one of the oldest purpose-built mass tourist destinations on Mallorca. The large beach of the Cala Mayor bay is surrounded by high-rise hotels and apartments.
Work in East Mallorca
Jobs in Cala Millor
Cala Millor is a bit of a high rise mass tourist resort with a great beach (Playa de Sant Llorenç). This is a large and lively resort with plenty of job opportunities involving bars and clubs as Cala Millor has a reputation for good night life in clubs such as Lolly Pop and Karussell.
At the north end Cala Millor borders the much quieter resort of Cala Bona and to the south it borders Sa Coma.
The east coast of Mallorca is full of picturesque coves with lovely beaches and many small tourist resorts. It’s a world away from those mass resorts in the west such as Magaluf and Palma Nova.
Other popular resorts to search for work on the eastern side of Mallorca include Cala Bona, Calas de Mallorca, Porto Cristo, Cala Mandia, Cala Ratjada, Porto Colom and Sa Coma – S’Illot.
Work in North Mallorca
Jobs in Alcudia
Alcudia is a large resort in the north of Mallorca and it has many bars and clubs, perfect for those summer bar jobs.
Nightlife is lively, for club jobs try Magic Disco, Menta, Bells, Atoms and Kao’s Disco.
The beach resort of Alcudia is called Puerto Alcudia and Alcudia old town is a historic town 1.5 km away.
The fine white sand beach stretching for 10km is one of the best on the island. Alcudia also attracts many windsurfers and kitesurfers.
Work in South Mallorca
South Mallorca has some smaller resorts. The largest is Platja de Palma which goes from Can Pastilla to El Arenal (s’Arena). The popular water park, Aqualand El Arenal, is here.
Cala D’Or is a lovely relaxing resort with many coves and beaches. Other resorts in the south include Colònia Sant Jordi, Playa de Palma and Porto Petro.
Below we list some of the best sources of jobs that we have found apart from our own website which does list any current vacancies at the bottom of this page.
Here are some of the best newspapers which also have classified jobs sections. If you are looking at Spanish newspapers then look at the section that says ‘trabajo’. In the German newspapers look at the job sections for ‘arbeit’.
Majorca Bulletin – “Daily news and information for English-speaking residents in the Balearic Islands
Euro Weekly News – “Spain’s largest free English language newspaper covering 6 editions Costa del Sol, Costa Blanca North & South, Almeria, Axarquia and Mallorca.”
Mallorca Zeitung – “Palma de Mallorca local newspaper – “Mallorca Zeitung – Das deutsche Portal auf Mallorca”
Most vacancies will not actually be advertised so you need to come to Majorca itself. The exception to this would be professional jobs that require specific and unusual qualifications. Most casual jobs such as bar work or waiting on tables are filled locally usually by a poster advertising the position in a window.
If you are on the island you can also put up notices on boards in supermarkets or shops or simply by getting to know other workers.
Try searching for Mallorca job forums, employment agencies, job centres and recruitment agencies.
Video of Mallorca
The video below shows many different sights of the island of Mallorca. As you can see from the video the night life is pretty lively!
Teaching English on Mallorca
One of the most popular ways to be able to work on Mallorca is by teaching English to Spanish people.
There are many language schools who will hire you if you are qualified. The popular TEFL qualification or ESL qualifications are widely accepted.
The most widely spoken language on Mallorca is Catalan which is different to what most people recognise as Spanish (Castilian). There is even a local dialect of Catalan (Mallorquí).
Many young Majorcans who run businesses on the island will speak English with German also being widely spoken due to the large numbers of German tourists.
Teaching English is generally part-time work which will need to be combined with other casual jobs. For full-time work as a teacher in Mallorca look to the international schools which need English-speaking teachers.
“The Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) is probably the most widely recognised initial TEFL qualification available. IH Palma, an authorised centre, offers one-month CELTA courses for initial TEFL (TESOL) training throughout the year on the idyllic Mediterranean island of Mallorca.”
“Founded in 1950, Bellver International College Mallorca is the longest established privately owned British school in Spain. All pupils become bilingual in English and Spanish. French, German and Catalan are also offered.”
“An independent day school founded in 1957, BIC serves children from many countries. The medium of instruction is English, and the main educational programme follows the British National Curriculum.”
Expat Jobs Mallorca – Work in Majorca for English-speakers
Most people dreaming of moving to Mallorca cannot speak Spanish and wonder what job opportunities there are for English-speaking people on the island.
Unfortunately if you do not learn Spanish you would be limited to the types of casual jobs such as bar and restaurant work for the peak summer tourist season. These positions unfortunately are in high demand from young people all over Europe, especially students who are prepared to work for low wages just to be on the island.
In all honesty the best alternative is probably to start your own business providing a unique service to the expatriate residents that prefer to deal with fellow English speakers.
You don’t even need to think of anything novel. There is already a good demand for tradesmen providing services in construction, building, electricians, plumbers etc. The only problem here is that as a newcomer it can be very hard to get yourself established and most people end up running out of money and moving back to the United Kingdom.
Many expats end up doing jobs such as cleaning apartments and villas, gardening, property maintenance or working in an estate agents.
Below we list some other ideas for potential businesses or jobs for expats in Majorca: Chef – waiter – waitress – sales jobs such as telesales or telemarketing – estate agent – personal trainer – gym – beautician – dentist – doctor – IT – computer programmer – insurance sales – customer service – admin – home-carer – secretarial – golf pro – office – cleaner – swimming pool maintenance – gardener – bartender – barmaid – hairdresser – retail – drivers – taxi – removals – au pair/nanny/babysitter – security – bouncer – door supervisor – PR reps – dancer – entertainer – animator – transfer rep – holiday rep – restaurant.
This article has been designed to give you the resources and advice concerning finding work and obtaining a job on the Spanish Balearic Island of Majorca/Mallorca.
Resorts we have covered include:
- Palma de Mallorca
- Cala Mayor
- Cala Millor
- Working in Palma Nova
- Santa Ponsa
- Port de Soller
Topics covered above:
- Living in Mallorca
- Work in Mallorca for English Speakers
- Where to Find Jobs in Mallorca
- Popular Types of Work and Job Vacancies
- Jobs With Accommodation
- Job Forums
- Holiday Rep Jobs
- Bar Jobs and Club Jobs
- Summer Jobs
- Part-Time Work
Are you an employer on the island looking for staff and employees in Mallorca?
Just fill out the comments box below with either your jobs wanted in Mallorca or vacancies.
Alternative Places for Spanish Jobs:
Most Searched For Jobs:
- Working Behind the Bar
- Restaurant Jobs
- Building Jobs
- Travel Rep Jobs
- Hotel Jobs/Work
- Summer Jobs/Work
- Teach English
Helpful Pages When Moving to Spain:
… Main Section on Finding Work in Spain
For a full index of pages see our jobs in Spain for English-speaking people section.