Fuerteventura Jobs – Insider’s Guide to Finding Work on Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

Welcome to our guide to finding work and getting jobs in Fuerteventura which is the most easterly of the Spanish Canary Islands and enjoys a special micro-climate due to being sheltered by Lanzarote to the north.

The second-largest of the Canaries after Tenerife it is situated just 100 km off the North African coastline.

If you are looking for jobs in the Canaries then we will be featuring job pages on other Canary Islands which include: Lanzarote, Gran Canaria, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro, La Graciosa, Alegranza, Isla de Lobos, Montaña Clara, Roque del Este and Roque del Oeste.

Below we have a useful video which taks about moving to Fuerteventura:

job-spain-graphicA popular tourist destination Fuerteventura has 152 beaches and is a very popular destination for wind surfers due to the trade winds.

Most resorts are family friendly and relatively calm in comparison with some of the noisier resorts elsewhere in the Canaries such as Playa del Ingles in Gran Canaria.

Is It Hard To Find Work in Fuerteventura?

If you are looking at moving to Fuerteventura you will need to consider how you are going to make a living. Currently the island is in something of a recession and so times are hard if you are looking for work on Fuerteventura.

Many expats who were living here have gone back to the United Kingdom and Germany where they came from – this in turn has led many bars and restaurants to close leading to less vacancies and work opportunities.

We don’t mean to put you off but this is just the reality of the situation and we feel you should be aware of this before you sell up and relocate to Fuerteventura.

Summer Jobs in Fuerteventura in 2018

If however you are just looking for seasonal work for the summer season there is of course many opportunities because of the influx of tourists from all over Europe. The sort of work you will find is of course very much casual work which is often paid cash in hand and without an official job contract.

There is a great demand in the summer in Fuerteventura for people to work behind bars, as dancers and entertainers, DJ’s, promotional reps to get people into the bars and clubs, security such as bouncers and door supervisors, in restaurants working as waiters and waitresses or dishwashers and chefs, in hotels working on reception or as holiday reps looking after the customers of the major tour operators running package holidays to Fuerteventura.

If you are not officially employed on the island, make sure if you are a EU citizen you have applied for a EHIC card which would at least give you emergency medical treatment should you need it.

If you’re fortunate you will get a contract from your employer for a period of six months. This gives you the same rights as a Spanish employee, in particular free medical treatment at the doctors and hospitals.

Working Hours, Pay and Salaries – How Much Can I Earn?

Your employer will of course deduct National Insurance and tax. Wages in Fuerteventura tend to be in the region of €5-€8 per hour for most jobs. Although wages are much lower than they are in the United Kingdom, fortunately the cost of living is much less and you can still enjoy a fantastic lifestyle, being able to eat out and drink on a very small budget.

Working hours in Fuerteventura are unfortunately very long because it is traditional for the Spanish to take their siesta in the middle of the day usually between one o’clock and five o’clock in the afternoon. Most businesses will close down and reopen in the cooler evening hours, although of course this will not apply if you are working in a bar or restaurant which will be open all hours.

Bars and nightclubs on Fuerteventura will tend to open until at least two in the morning if not later so be prepared to work extremely hard and have very high energy levels!

Construction Work

There are some alternatives to work on Fuerteventura which do not involve work in the tourist industry. In particular if you are looking for building jobs or construction jobs you can potentially get work for expat companies who cater to the growing expatriate population on the island. These people tend to prefer workers who speak English as they themselves speak little Spanish.

So if you are a plumber, builder, electrician, tiler, labourer or bricklayer, if you are lucky you will find work.

Alternatively consider starting your own business and becoming self-employed.

You can either form a company known as a S.A. or most commonly you would work as a autonomo which means working as a self-employed individual who contributes social security payments each month.

These social security payments are high and for a family of four you’re likely to be paying approximately €250 a month.

After 15 years you will be entitled to a small state pension and of course the social security payments give you access to the Spanish national health system.

To work officially in Fuerteventura you must have an NIE number. Go to the nearest social security office with your original passport and copy.

You will have to fill in a form so it would be helpful if you learn some basic Spanish but the questions are relatively simple, you will need to provide basic information such as name, address, nationality etc. They issue the NIE number there and then and give you a temporary card.

Expat Jobs

Most expatriates who have moved to Fuerteventura speak limited Spanish and prefer to deal with English-speaking people. These are just some of jobs that people on the island carry out and earn a living from: cleaners, swimming pool maintenance and cleaning, gardening jobs, villa cleaning jobs, bar jobs and bar work, hairdressing jobs, shop and retail work, taxi service, driving jobs including removals, restaurant jobs such as chefs, waiters and waitresses, sales, estate agents, fitness jobs, beautician jobs, pet care jobs, computer services, business services such as graphic design, computer repair, insurance sales positions, customer service jobs, office jobs, secretarial, admin, carers, nursing jobs and I.T. jobs.

Teaching English

There are certainly better locations in Spain if you are looking at teaching English to Spanish people but as a means of earning some spare part-time cash on the island, this is most definitely one of the best. Language schools on the island will look for internationally recognised professional qualifications such as such as TEFL or ESL

Where To Find Work in Fuerteventura

fuerteventuraThe most popular towns in which to find work on Fuerteventura are Caleta de Fuste, Correlejo and Costa Calma.

Jobs in Corralejo

Located in the north of the island, Corralejo is one of the sunniest spots on the island of Fuerteventura. Here you will find white sandy beaches, the world-famous sand dunes and watersports.

This is the main place to go in Fuerteventura for nightlife and entertainment which makes it the best place to look for those bar jobs and summer jobs. The busiest area for bars and nightclubs in Corralejo is the Centro Comercial Atlantico on the main strip.

There are plenty of shops, bars, restaurants and clubs to keep you busy and entertained. Corralejo has a transfer time of 45 minutes from the airport.

Jobs in Costa Caleta/Caleta de Fuste

Costa Caleta previously known as Caleta de Fuste is a low-key resort just 15 minutes transfer from the airport with mostly low-rise whitewashed accommodation and a fabulous golden sandy beach.

Jobs in Puerto del Rosario

The capital of Fuerteventura is Puerto del Rosario. It doesn’t have much in the way of tourism attractions and so if you’re looking to find work here you should definitely be able to speak fluent Spanish and be looking for office and administration jobs mainly.

Jobs in Morro Jable

Morro Jable is situated in the south of Fuerteventura. Morro Jable is very popular with German tourists and job seekers who come here for the miles of sandy beaches and good bars and restaurants.

Fuerteventura jobs can be found by the usual means of internet websites, forums, radio, word of mouth and the classified section in local newspapers.

Fuertenews.com – is a new weekly online English language newspaper for the residents of Corralejo, Fuerteventura which has a classified job section.


Summary

Primarily aimed towards English-speaking people, we have attempted to help you find work in jobs on the Spanish Canary Island of Fuerteventura by covering the topics listed below:

  • About Fuerteventura
  • Living in Fuerteventura
  • Working in Fuerteventura for English Speakers
  • Where to Find Jobs in Fuerteventura
  • Are There Winter Jobs in Fuerteventura?
  • How do I Get a Job with Accommodation?
  • Are there any Fuerteventura job forums?
  • Popular Types of Work and Job Vacancies
  • Holiday Rep Jobs
  • Bar Jobs and Club Jobs on Fuerteventura
  • Summer Jobs in Fuerteventura 2018
  • Part-Time Work and Jobs Fuerteventura

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Comments

  1. I am 44 year old English female available for work family Lanzarote,local knowledge of caleta de fuste would consider areas of Spain
    Qualified ladies hairdresser
    Available for hotel work
    Would consider bar work
    Available for Shop assistant work
    Available cashier or financial work
    Available for interior painting
    Available for airport or tour work
    Available for any reasonable offers for private work
    Housekeeping work
    Tel 00447597873533

  2. Available for work qualified in Ladies Hairdressing
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    Hotel or bar work
    Available for private housework cleaning prepare food
    House,bar or hotel painting
    Relatives Lanzarote fuerteventura
    Tel
    00447597873533

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  4. Yoqueli Lantigua says:

    I am a 35 year old lady from the Dominican Republic, fluent in Spanish and I have some English. I am looking for work in the Canaries. I am prepared to do cleaning, be a waitress, help in the kitchen or anything else. I will also be looking for accommodation, though not necessarily as part of the job.

  5. Part-time Inviter and Bus Guide required for Esquinzo, Costa Calma and Jandia (South Fuerteventura).
    Good rates of pay for minimal working hours, plus minumun contract given.
    English speaking only required, although basic Spanish would be useful.
    If you are friendly, outgoing, great with people and have excellent organisational skills, plus you have Internet at home and your own transport, then please email me for further information.

    • I would be most interested in this. I have many years experience in tourism and I have worked in guiding before. My Spanish is very basic but I learn languages fast, and one of the reasons I am coming to Spain is to learn the language. Please can you let me know where to send my resume so you can see my experience.
      Many thanks,
      Harriet

      • I would be most interested in this. I have many years experience in tourism and I have worked in guiding before. My Spanish is very basic but I learn languages fast, and one of the reasons I am coming to Spain is to learn the language. Please can you let me know where to send my resume so you can see my experience.
        Many thanks,
        Harriet
        PS My email is essentialfootsteps@gmail.com and you can find me on LinkedIn under Harriet Rose

  6. Richard Ackland says:

    Hi there I’ve previously worked in Corralejo doing PR work with great success in 2011. I’ve worked my way into Bar/Restaurant management since in recent years in the Uk and Australia but have always longed to return to Fuerte! I’m a happy, driven individual with a passion for good times and meeting new people! I love music and play guitar in bands! If anyone’s reading this with work please email me on brakesteady@gmail.com thanks, Richard.

  7. B.A English and 30 Credits towards M.A.English

    5 years working in English Secondary schools.

    Partial Spanish speaker.

    Anything considered.

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