Construction/Tradesmen Jobs in Spain – Builders, Plumbers, Electricians, Tilers, Painters etc

The building and construction industry can involve building entire apartment blocks and roads however most building and construction projects in Spain are relatively small additions to properties such as extensions and small renovations.

There are a vast number of different types of jobs in the construction industry and in this article we will cover a few of the more common ones that will enable you to potentially get a job in Spain.

In the decade preceding 2008 a huge amount of urbanisations and new developments were planned and built in Spain leading to a shortage of construction workers.

job-spain-graphicThe pay was good and an influx of foreign workers came to Spain to start a new life.

Sadly the Spanish banks had overextended themselves and the bubble burst!

Unfortunately the boom in the building industry in Spain has come to a grinding halt and this is the worst possible time to be looking for work in this area.

Having said all that that, if you are a tradesmen, builder or construction worker determined to move to Spain then we will try give you some of the better options in the construction sector.

Becoming a tradesmen in Spain is pretty easy because most customers do not seem to check whether you have any professional qualifications or not. It seems any DIY enthusiast gets off the plane in Spain and declares himself a qualified tradesmen!

Working as a tradesman in Spain is one of the best ways of getting a job or finding work simply because as an English-speaking person who perhaps doesn’t speak any Spanish, you can be working for fellow English-speaking people.

Jobs for Builders

If you are a builder then you have good possibilities by making good money in Spain. If you have the finance behind you then it is possible to buy relatively cheap plots of land and construct a new build villa and sell for a healthy profit.

The property market in Spain is of course very depressed but there are still buyers out there. The key is to build the property in one of the popular expatriate areas that still retain its popularity to British people.

There are still plenty of expatriates looking to maintain their property or build extensions or swimming pools so there is plenty of property maintenance work available in Spain, just a lot of competition!

Working as a Plumber

With plenty of British people living in Spain there is a definite demand for plumbers who can deal with issues such as servicing boilers, dealing with leaks and pipework.

Many people will require their properties to be updated which will naturally include the bathrooms and kitchens.

Plumbers in Spain can earn good money by being self-employed and charging a daily rate of €100 a day to €150 a day.

Rather than looking for a job as a plumber you would probably be better off starting your own business and becoming self-employed.

Electrician Jobs

Just like plumbers there is of course a healthy demand for electricians in Spain. Naturally Spanish people are going to use Spanish electricians so you need to focus in on the expatriate market which will predominantly be in the Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca areas.

Many expats in Spain have bought old villas aged around 30 years old that require a complete rewiring. Typically electricians charge €3000-€4000 for this work which takes approximately 3 weeks. With a very healthy profit margin, electricians can enjoy a very comfortable living in Spain given that the cost of living is relatively low.

Jobs for Painters and Decorators

constructionPainters and decorators in Spain usually earn around €100 a day. Again it is usual to set up your own business than to become employed simply because most construction companies in Spain tend to be one-man bands.

Becoming a painter in Spain is pretty simple work as most people can slap some paint on walls. Villas and apartments are always being exposed to the weather, especially the heavy Spanish rain, and therefore always need to be updated.

There are many Spanish villa painting companies that claim to be able to spray paint your villa with paint that lasts an entire lifetime but from what we can find out it appears that this simply isn’t true. Therefore if you own a villa in Spain it is likely to be needing to be repainted every 10 years at the very least.

Other Work in Construction/Building Industry

There are many outdated villas and apartments requiring major renovation, works and maintenance. Certainly if you have skills as a carpenter, engineer, technician, roofer, tiler, plasterer, bricklayer, labourer or another construction type tradesman then you are likely to finding work in Spain whether it be for yourself or for an employer.

Below we list some of the other construction jobs:

  • Architect
  • Building Surveyor
  • Buyer
  • CAD Technician
  • Civil Engineer
  • Commercial Manager
  • Contracts Manager
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Estimator
  • Facilities Manager
  • Health & Safety Manager
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Planner
  • Project Manager
  • Quantity Surveyor
  • Site Engineer
  • Site Manager
  • Skilled Trades
  • Structural Engineer
  • Water Engineer

How Much Can I Earn in Spain?

Clearly there is no one answer to this question but to give you examples from people we know:

Working on a building site in Spain as a plumber, builder, tiler or carpenter the daily rate is usually between €80-€100 Euros.

For electricians in Spain there is lots of lucrative work rewiring houses, villas and apartments in Spain as many of the villas are now over 30 years old and require a complete rewiring to bring their houses up to European Union specifications and standards. The price of a typical three or four-bedroom villa can often be about €4000 so the opportunity to make good money in Spain is certainly there.

One advantage you have in search of jobs is that there is a large expatriate population Spain and they typically prefer to deal with English-speaking people rather than local Spanish tradesmen and builders.

Most Popular Places in Spain To Find Work:

Most Popular Work:

Helpful Pages if Moving to Spain:

True Stories of Moving to Spain

Long-Term Property Rentals

Guide to Buying a Property

I Hate Spain – Shocking Opinions!

We also have our Spanish Job Prospects Section.


  1. Graham price says

    Hi I was wondering what it’s like to get jobs in the stonework work side of things in costa del sol or costa Blanca regions of Spain I have over 35 years of experience working in Scotland and currently in Australia any info appropriated

  2. Colin johnston says

    Hi I am looking for work in canaries not really bothered where. I am cpcs for telehandler houist cherry picker scissor lift, I am a qualified plasterer fencer paint decorating, floorer, any work for me please Don, t hesitate contacting me thx

  3. Nicky Green says

    Hi all I’m Nicky I’m a fully qualified tiler living in Glasgow in the Uk I have 14 years of experience and I’m looking to move over for a better way of life basically. I have worked with all aspects of tiling indoor and out mosaic, porcelain, terracotta, ceramic etc. If anyone could point me in the direction of any companies or potential employers I would be much obliged I am available ASAP

    Thanks in advance

    Nicky Green

  4. am a tiler looking to come over to Spain to move on my own in my camper van am getting round january next year what costal areas are good for work tiling or even labouring to get my foot in the door

  5. daniel griffiths says

    Hi everyone

    18th edition electrician with 2391 also
    Just enquiring how other people are getting on getting any work in Spain and the best way to go about it, any info would be very helpful

    Thanks everybody

  6. Eric Alcock says

    I am looking for painting job or construction work or waste operator in Mallorca I have painting ticket level 2

  7. Mark coley says

    Hi I’m a bricklayer/plasterer and groundworker with 40years experience was looking to get a job and move to Spain in the next 12month I wondering what work is about and any information on getting a job and moving

  8. Cade Wilson says

    I’m Scottish living in Barcelona area with residency looking for labouring work. I have experience labouring for general builders, bricklayers and masons. Site cleaning, pointing, moving materials, using tools. I’m happy to travel if need be, get in touch if your in need of labourer in and around Barcelona area.

  9. Matt Pask says

    Afternoon all,
    I’m a Quantity Surveyor/Commercial Manager/Contracts Administrator with 7 years post-graduation experience working for both main and sub-contractors in the UK.
    I’ve been trying to link up with relevant contacts from construction companies like Taylor Wimpey España (who build a lot in the resorts on Majorca) about possible opportunities on the island with no luck.
    Any assistance anyone could offer would be appreciated.
    I know it’s a shot in the dark but worth a go. Happy to forward my CV if required.
    Thanks for reading.

  10. Jack Doyle says

    I am an Irish carpenter with over 15 years of experience and own tools looking for work in the Malaga region. I do roofing, partitioning, all kinds of second fixing flooring, doors, architrave etc. No job too small.

  11. Mark whitty says

    Kitchen fitter with over 30 years of manufacturing and fitting experience looking for work please get in touch.

  12. Qualified Bricklayer/stonemason with 10 years experience in Australia, Canada and the U.K. Contact me For any work you need done in the costa De luz area.

  13. ARUN MOHAN says

    Am arun civil engineering diploma holder.i have six years experience in gulf for ELV and structured cabling technician

  14. Brian Marriott says

    Hi I am a specialist floor and wall tiler in the uk and have been for 20 years ,
    I have employed people in the past . I currently work as a sole trader , I have worked with porcelain, ceramic, terracotta, marble, granite, stone, mosaics, ect .
    I also have tiled outside areas aswell as inside
    and refurbished compete bathrooms looking for what opportunities maybe available in Costa dorada,

    Kind regards

    Brian Marriott

  15. William little says

    I have lived in Tenerife for 2years,playa del arena Puerto Santiago. I am a painter and construction worker with cscs ( construction safety card ) and cpcs (construction plant safety card) i was a finishing foreman for a large construction firm m.v.kellys and i am looking for work……

  16. Ricci Russell says

    Hi there, I’m a professional roof slater/tiler and bricklayer both appreciateships and skills tests completed in Scotland. I have 19 years experience in the industry with 8 years experience running a 4 man firm on the isle of Mull Scotland. I’m now looking to move to as close to Barcelona possible, what can I say – I’m sick of the rain. Any opportunitys considered. Please don’t hesitate to contact me.

  17. paul burns says

    I’m a plasterer to trade and was wondering how I would go about getting work in Spain?? Any information would be much appreciated.. thanks..

  18. David Barker says

    I am a qualified 17th Edition electrician looking for work in and around Benidorm. I have recently been working around Europe on new build data centers. My CV is available to anyone interested. Thank you.

  19. Irish electrician and Electrical Service Engineer Bachelor Degree 7 Qualification, house wiring experience, data center operations, switchgear MV/LV, maintenance, commercial.
    Looking for relocating to the South of Spain in 2020.
    Do you know any vacancies?

  20. Hi , I am looking for a construction job in Ibiza. I am a resident of Spain and have over 20 years experience as a mason/bricklayer
    Please email me


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