Newsletter 30 June 2016

Welcome to our latest newsletter with plenty of job vacancies in Spain, news updates and opinions from expats…

What Brexit means for British buyers

The UK’s decision to leave the European Union raises some important questions.

Can I still buy a property in Spain?

What does a fall in Sterling mean?

To find out more and learn how Brexit will affect British buyers in Spain, click below…

What Brexit means for British buyers

The Expat Interview – Thinking of Moving to Spain?

We have another great expat interview – this time with David Laver who tells us all about why you should consider moving to the town of Alhaurin el Grande on the Costa del Sol.

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Alhaurin el Grande

New report reveals truth behind Spain’s most glamourous coastline

A new report has provided honest and detailed insights into the Marbella property market, giving an overview of everything from price trends to stock levels and the most sought after areas in the chic Spanish city.

Did you know that more than 80% of properties purchased in Marbella are bought by foreigners?

The stark figure is one of many insights into Spain’s smartest city’s property market, revealed by the Marbella Property Market Report 2016

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Help Required – Do you Live in Spain?

Can we ask you a question or two via email to help get some local tips and advice that would help others?

It might be something like, what is it like to live in your village or what things are there to do and see locally?

We will publish any answers on the website (and perhaps the next newsletter) with your quote, crediting your name as the source as if it would be if it was published in a newspaper.

Readers Letter of the Week

Today we feature a comment from Silvia a Spanish expat living in the UK – this is essentially a response to our highly controversial page, ‘I hate Spain’, so you may want to refer to the original points made on there by Nick Anders.

I’d like to give my point of view as a Spanish expat in UK.

The problem comes when you move to another country without enough information about the place. When I came to UK I spent months searching information about the country and its people. Because I really wanted to fit in. And I think a lot of British don’t do that when they move out to Spain. They spent their holidays in Spain and they think they know the country. I had been in London before but I knew that it wasn’t the same. The life as a tourist is totally different than the life as a citizen.

And, to be honest, after all this time I don’t know where I prefer to live. There are bad and good thing in both countries. But I want to focus in what you said in your post.


– Spain: Really?? Didn’t you speak with a Spanish person before you moved to Spain?? Any Spanish had told you about the problems we have in Spain with this. And it’s not only about find a job, it’s when you get one what conditions you’re going to have: low salary, a lot of extra unpaid hours, asshole managers….

– UK: I’m graduated and I have several experience years in my sector but I was working for 2 years making sandwiches why?? Because my English wasn’t good enough. And when it improved, it took a lot of time to have a better job, because I had experience but not in UK. So I had (and I still have) to fight for my opportunity. Because I have to prove I’m a better option than a native or someone from another place. I have to fight against the topic “Spanish are lazy people thinking in anything but take siestas and eat paella”

I worked more hours here than in Spain. 56 hours is just illegal in Spain…. the good thing is: UK they pay every single hour you work.

A bad thing in UK is when you get sick, for example. They don’t pay you, even if you had an accident at work and you’re sick or injured because of it.

I remember I had to work having a terrible flu because I couldn’t afford stay at home. Another time I cut my finger so deeply with a knife at work and I had to keep working bleeding!!! Do you know how dangerous is that a sick person makes sandwiches for customers? But I, as many other people, had to do it because we have to pay our rent.


– Spain: It’s true, the crime in Spain increased lately because of the crisis. You have to watch your belongings because of the pickpockets. And obviously, when you’re going to pay for something (as a deposit) you have to be sure you are giving the money to a formal agency. Scammers are in all the countries. But usually Spain is safe as the statistics say. We have a lot of police patrolling the streets.

– UK: One thing that surprised me about UK it’s that the windows of houses don’t have grilles; the doors are made with wood and glass, easy to kick and open. At first I thought it was because it was safer here, people aren’t going to get in your house and steal your staff. But not….that wasn’t the true. Your can be stolen at any time. Actually, there were 3 burglaries in my building in a year. And you could think “London is a place with a large amount of immigration, maybe that’s the reason”. Well, I have to say that the police caught the thieves, and 2 of the 3 occasions, they were English.

About the police, I don’t see them, they don’t patrol the street. They come up when something happens, but they’re not watching that nothing happen really. So I can see a lot of young people offering weed in every corner of the high street. And the fights in the street are something normal every single weekend….


– Spain: I really don’t believe someone doesn’t make the job you’re paying for. I just don’t believe it….In Spain there is something called: “consumo”. If you paid for something and you don’t receive it you have to go to consumo and they’ll fix it. Companies and self-employed don’t want a penalty from consumo, that’s for sure.

– UK: In UK, I worked in something related with construction, remodelling houses. You can’t imagine how many times I saw a work unfinished or wrong done when the customer paid a lot of money for it, and he just didn’t have what he paid. And you cannot do anything, because in this country “consumo” doesn’t exist. So if you want your money back you have to take that people to the court and spend a lot of money, and that is so unfair.
Another example, recently I moved to another house, and I was shaking because I remember how hard is here to get your internet supply. And I wasn’t wrong. I need internet for work, I contracted one of the most expensive internet providers and the instalation of optic fibre for that company was alredy done in this house. Well….It took for them 1 month to come to my house to plug the router. According to them this was something only its staff could do, so they weren’t going to send me the router to plug it for myself. The real reason was it charges me 10 pounds for the technical’s visit and they told me it was an offer because normally it was 40 pounds…..come on….

Customer service:

– Spain: that’s true, customer service in Spain sucks. It seems like they are making you a favour….and it’s something I hate form Spain. Companies don’t care about his employees, they pay a low salary, employees work a lot of hours, some of them unpaid, and this has repercussions in customer services. It’s a pity.

– UK: Normally, at least in London, the customer service is good. Except for GP and hospital receptionist; doctors and nurses are really charming but the staff in the reception 90% of times are rude and impatient.

Getting ripped off:

– Spain: The thing is I can’t speak about this in Spain, I don’t have any experience and I don’t know anyone that was in that situation, even my foreign friends. Maybe because I know the country and the language and it’s difficult for them try to rip me off. I don’t doubt that this happen as everywhere.

– UK: As in Spain I don’t have the experience to be ripped off in UK, but I know some people who do. They were cheated when they were trying to rent a flat or a room. And this is something so usual in London. I read about that before I came here and it’s for that I’m very careful when I want to rent something.
They main problem here are the landlord, you can be very careful but if you have a bad landlord it’s difficult to do something. And I lived and I heard terrified stories about some landlord and their houses.

Poor road/facilities.

– Spain: In this point, I totally disagree with you. I’ve driven in both countries and in many areas of them, and I have to say that Spanish road have a high quality if you compare them with France ones or England ones. Obviously, you live in a village, you can’t expect the same road in Madrid (6 million hab.) with Nerja (21.000 hab). Some local road to connect villages to each other or a village with a main motorway could be worst. But the government just cannot invest in the best road for every single village in Spain, it’s just impossible; it’s a big country with a lot of small villages. I’ve travelled through Europe and I have seen lots of villages with dirt roads instead of highways and that it doesn’t happen in Spain, even in the smallest village in the middle of a mountain…

About the floods, that is something so difficult to fix because of the ground. That area is not used to getting so much water suddenly, and when it happens the ground can’t take it, even if it has the best sewage system. Something like that happened some weeks ago in Paris, so imagine in a village. But it doesn’t happen in the north of Spain for instance, because the ground used to get lots of water as in England.

– UK: Do you know how many council tax I pay in London? Like 5 times what I used to pay in Spain. Apparently it’s not enough to fix the streets. Every single tile in my street is not in its place, so I see every day people fall in the street because of this. The streetlight in front of my house is broken for 4 months, I’ve called 3 times to the council and it’s still broken.
The sign indicating the name of the street, two streets away from mine, fell down a month ago and god knows when they’re going to fix it.
And a special mention to the rubbish truck, which comes once every 2 weeks to take the rubbish. I know this country is not hot and the rubbish doesn’t smell as it does in hot countries but it brings rats and the foxes are fighting for the rubbish every night. And I’ll say the price we pay for the rubbish collection is far to be cheap.
One good point, public transport is expensive but it works so well and I love it.

I don’t want to compare both countries, because it doesn’t make sense. They are just different, if you want to live in one of them you have to assume the change and be part of the community.

I love my country and I think Spain have something special that everybody likes and I love England and I see special thing here as well.

I know some Spanish and Italian people here and they always say “I want to go back to Spain/Italy”, and I don’t have that feeling. When I’m here in UK I miss Spain, the weather, my people, my food. And when I go to Spain, at first I’m happy, but then after a couple of days, I start to feel sad because I miss UK, I realized I miss the same things: the people, the food, even I miss the language.

The point is, my friends want to go back because they didn’t want to be part of the English culture, so they are fighting every day to keep their culture, to not change anything. They idealize their countries and forget why they decided to leave it. And when they finally return, most of them realise it’s not what they thought.

Euro reaches 26-month high versus pound, as UK votes for Brexit

Peter Lavelle

Welcome to Pure FX’s latest update of the euro to pound exchange rate.

The common currency flies higher versus sterling! The euro to pound exchange rate has hit 0.83 this week, its highest in 26 months, or since March 21st 2014.

The euro has strengthened against the pound, because the UK surprisingly voted for Brexit recently, with 17.4 million people, or 52% of the vote, choosing to leave the EU.

The vote for Brexit has taken the UK into uncharted territory, both politically and economy. To start with, prime minister David Cameron has announced his resignation.

Moreover, the UK must now decide what form it wants Brexit to take. This could include prioritising entering the EU’s Single Market, or taking full control of the UK’s borders.

All this has weakened sterling, because it could be some years before the UK finds its new place in the world, outside of the European Union.

Euro strengthens, as German retail sales climb

Moreover, the euro to pound exchange rate has also risen this week, because Germany’s retail sales rose more than forecast in May.

German retail sales jumped +0.9% last month compared to April, said Statistisches Bundesamt Deutschland recently, +0.2% above financial market predictions.

In particular, sales of food, beverages and tobacco in Germany rose +2.2% in May compared to 12 months ago, while sales via the internet exploded +8.5% compared to a year ago.

Rising retail sales in Germany are being fuelled by the lowest unemployment rate since reunification, decent wage gains, as well as ultra-low interest rates.

With all this in mind, the euro has reached this 26-month high versus sterling!

Latest Jobs in Spain

I work for The Good Care Group and we are currently looking for Live in Carers to work flexible shift patters like 2 weeks on 2 off in the UK, would suit people who live in Spain and enjoy a good work/life balance. Our clients are elderly and most have some form of dementia.If you are interested please contact me.

Hello. We have a school in Cartagena to teach English. We are looking for native teachers. We have few native teachers now but need more in the new school year in September. Please send out the word we are looking for teachers. We pay good wages and great staff to work with. Here is my email and telephone number., 868-066271. My mobile number is 645-406227. We have two schools. The numbers are 868-066146 and 868-063587. Thank you. Martin Poropat of Think English School.

I am an employer looking to hire Jnr Sales staff for a Property Investment company, in central Marbella, salary is a basic of €1000 p/mth with binuses and career progression for the right minded candidates, this Tele-Sales role, in offices overlooking Marbella Marina. if you are interested or know anyone that is interested, please contact Scott on 0034 604 204 291, interviews from 1st July to 8th July, starting date 11th July! Good Luck and look forward to hearing from you!

Thank you everyone and we look forward to receiving any contributions towards the next newsletter.


Mark Eastwood – Spain Made Simple




  1. Hi
    I’m looking for full or part time Nanny/Teachjng English to children work in the matbella/fuengirola area. Over 10 years experience as a Nanny and 10 years experience as a Teaching Assistant.
    Please feel free to email me with further questions.

  2. Dawn anderson says

    Hi I am 51yrs young, I having been dreaming of relocating to spain for many years and now my boys are adults it’s time to make my dream a reality. I am a qualified reflexologist, I am a reiki practioner, and qualified Swedish massage therapist. I have a few loose ends to tie up but will be looking to start work in July 2017, I am also looking for accommodation, I am single so something small to start off with is fine. I spent over 30 yrs in the catering and hospitality industry so I am an excellent cook and have exceptional people skills, I would be willing to work in either industry to get me up and running in spain. This is a massive venture for me, so I’m looking for kind respectful helpful employers. I am learning spanish at my local college so hoping I have the basics. Thank you for taking the time to read all this. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to email me. I can and will provide both employer, character and landlord references if required. So looking forward to hearing from you. Dawn

  3. Looking for a full job beauty therapist (facial and body treatment with machine and manual), personal therapist ,(post trauma or operation healing), special care for elders, in Spain.
    Please get in contact if you know any one need this services, I am open with any province(city, village) in Spain. I also speak English. Arabic, Romanian, little Spanish and Malaysian languages for additional information.
    My name is Carmen Mihaela

    Regards and thanks in advance

  4. Phil Puertollano says


    Me and my girlfriend are set on a dream relocation to either Barcelona, Torrevieja or Marbella from the UK. I am very keen to get working ASAP and am willing to do any kind of job to help keep our dream going. I have worked in construction for over 10 years (since I was 14!) performing all manor of building and electrical works to a high standard. I have also experienced a more office based construction role where I had more of a say in the planning.
    I am very keen to find work and create an important role for myself in Spain as I am hugely passionate and feel it needs to happen now.

    Please get in contact if you know of or know someone who may know of any opportunities in either Barcelona, Torrevieja or Marbella. I am open to anything !!

    My name is Phil Puertollano
    (half Spanish – ironic right)

    Mobile – +447402272594
    Email –

    Many many thanks guys!

  5. looking to relocate to spain with the family. looking to find work before relocating.
    have experiance in landscpaing building work also trawler fishing and bar work, 27 willing to learn new skills for the right job please get intouch

  6. Jodie esquer, says

    Looking for a fully qualified beauty therapist in spain Costa almeria spanish an advantage but not essential

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