Gran Canaria Jobs – The Honest Truth About Working in Gran Canaria, Spain 2018

Welcome to our page on finding jobs and work on the lovely Canary Island of Gran Canaria (Islas Canarias) which is part of Spain.

On this page you will find current listings of any available job vacancies in Gran Canaria as well as practical tips and advice on where to find Gran Canaria jobs in the year 2018.

Get looking now if you want to find a summer job on the island because they go very fast and well in advance of the season.

Below is a video guide to living and working in Gran Canaria, Spain

Near the bottom of the page you will find an account from Matthew Hirtes who lives on the island of Gran Canaria, who gives a specific tips on what types of work you can expect to find.

Specific latest job listings in Gran Canaria can be found near the bottom of the page.

We also cover other Canary Islands close to Gran Canaria, these include Tenerife, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro, La Graciosa, Alegranza, Isla de Lobos, Montaña Clara, Roque del Este and Roque del Oeste.

Are you looking for staff and employees in Gran Canaria? Our website is proud to connect employees and employers for free, just email us your job description and we will post the vacancies up on the site.

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The island of Gran Canaria belongs to Spain and centrally located in the Canary islands. It happens to be one of the most popular destinations in Europe for short breaks and holidays where people just want to get some sunshine.

job-spain-graphicSome of the reasons Gran Canaria is so popular is because being Spanish, people know it is reliable and relatively safe yet it’s location is only about 130 miles away from Africa so the climate is much warmer than mainland Spain.

Tourists come from all over Europe but in particular from the United Kingdom (UK) and Germany (where Gran Canaria is known as Kanaren or Kanarischen).

Gran Canaria is a smaller island compared to it’s neighbouring Canary islands of Tenerife and Fuerteventura. There is much to see although typically most of this will revolve around the beach so it isn’t the best island if you want to see lots of historic sights.

Gran Canaria is known as ‘the miniature continent’ because you can find plenty of variety such as lakes, mountains, beaches and even a pine forest.

The weather is generally warm and sunny with clear blue, cloudless skies.

When looking for work on this island naturally you are best heading to the south of the island where many of the major tourist resorts located.

The best known holiday resorts include San Agustin, Playa del Ingles and Maspalomas.

The south of the island is the place to go for the best beaches and is relatively dry and barren.

Most tourists will simply stay by their hotel pool or go to the beach each day but the island itself has a wonderfully varied terrain including the large central mountains as well as tropical forests in the north of the island.

Average monthly temperatures range from 18°C in January to 25°C in August. This all-year-round climate has the advantage of making Gran Canaria almost as popular in the winter as it is in the summertime. This really helps when you are looking to jobs because most Spanish tourist resorts only offer seasonal jobs for the summer only.

If you are looking for the best beaches head for the resort of Maspalomas and if you are looking for lively nightlife then you need to head for Playa del Ingles.

The capital of Gran Canaria is Las Palmas which would also be a good place to look for work. This historic city dates back to the 15th century and has a population of over 400,000 people.

Most of the Spanish jobs advice on this page is aimed towards jobs in Gran Canaria for English-speaking people. This is because many of our readers are English, British, Germans or Americans who have a limited ability to speak Spanish and therefore are looking for English-speaking jobs in Gran Canaria.

Popular towns and resorts to look for Gran Canaria jobs include: Amadores, Bahia Feliz, Las Palmas jobs, Maspalomas jobs, Meloneras, Playa Del Ingles jobs, Playa Taurito, Puerto Mogan, Puerto Rico, San Agustin, Arguineguín and Mogán.


Bar work on Gran Canaria is the easiest type of work to find as there is a real need for bartenders and barmaids especially in the peak summer months. There are quite a few resorts but the most popular places to find bar jobs would be Playa del Ingles and Maspalomas.

Without doubt if you are looking for a job in Gran Canaria or Gran Canaria jobs, then bar work and bar jobs are the most common type of job available and probably the easiest type of summer job to get.

Working in a bar, pub or nightclub doesn’t take much skill if you are serving drinks and most importantly you will not need to know much Spanish, so if you are an English speaking worker, this is the type of job you should look for if you want a seasonal job on Gran Canaria.

On Gran Canaria you can get work as a bartender, bar maid, glass collector, dancer, PR, promotion, DJ and security jobs such as bouncers or door supervisors.

These bar jobs are typically very low paid however they have the benefits of free drinks and working in a party environment where everybody is out for a good time so they are a lot of fun.

A PR job on Gran Canaria involves promotion such as standing outside a bar or club and handing out flyers or vouchers to encourage people to come into the bar or club instead of just walking past. It takes a great deal of confidence get the rewards can be quite good because as well as a basic salary you get paid good commission and often receive free drinks.

If bar work is not your thing consider catering work such as working in a restaurant as a cook, chef, waiter, waitress or dishwasher.


If you have a good grasp of Spanish and you speak English you have a good chance of finding a job in one of the many hotels on the island. Typical hotel jobs include work as cleaners, receptionists, singers, comedians , entertainers, animators, bar work and restaurant work.

Most hotel jobs will require you to be able to speak fluent Spanish. As well as Spanish and English it would be a great advantage to be able to speak a third language such as German especially if you want to work on reception.


Gran Canaria being a popular tourist destination has many job openings and vacancies in the catering trades such as cook, waiter, dishwasher, bar tender, cleaner, animators, dancers etc.

Many people come to Gran Canaria for the summer season looking for seasonal bar jobs in Gran Canaria and you will usually get a summer job in Gran Canaria fairly easily as long as you head for the mass tourist resorts of San Agustin, Puerto Rico, Playa del Ingles and Maspalomas.

Gran CanariaDon’t forget that Gran Canaria is an all year round destination so it is possible to get work throughout the winter also.

These jobs are great for students. Typical jobs you could look for include PR jobs for clubs, holiday rep jobs in Gran Canaria and DJ jobs in Gran Canaria. If you are a dancer you stand a good chance of finding a job in one of the top clubs.

A limited knowledge of the Spanish language is ideal but not compulsory, making these kind of jobs fiercely competitive between all nationalities across the board.

Very popular on the job scale in this field are cleaning jobs in Gran Canaria as they are well paid, in abundance and all year round as people’s homes as well as villa companies require cleaners.

Work in the tourist industry is mainly done in shifts or split shifts. On the positive side you can spend your time off at the beaches of Gran Canaria but this type of work is really no good if you have a young family to support as the hours are long.

Make sure you budget to have enough savings to survive while you are searching for work. You will probably need to rent a small apartment which will usually start at €400 for a studio or one bed.

Property rental prices range from 400 euros (600 US dollars) for a small studio apartment to about 800 euros (1200 US dollars) for a larger one with several bedrooms.

There is also certainly an opportunity for driving jobs on Gran Canaria. These typically will involve providing a taxi service to and from the airport (known as airport runs).

Also there are some companies providing shuttle bus services around the island as well as a need for transfer reps and coach and bus drivers to take holidaymakers around the island on excursions.


For job adverts try the classified section in local newspapers such as English language newspaper, The Canary News.

Most jobs in Gran Canaria, especially the casual summer tourist type jobs would almost certainly be found by word-of-mouth.

Very rarely will these positions be advertised and you should come to the island and go from bar to bar asking if they need any help.

There are also radio stations, websites, job forums and recruitment agencies.

Try getting a job with an official contract which will entitle you to the Spanish state pension, a limited unemployment benefit and of course the Spanish national health service.

Just like anywhere else there are vacancies for lawyer, doctor, teacher, nurse, policemen, pharmacist and shop assistants etc.

Working hours in Gran Canaria are likely to be much longer than in northern Europe because of the traditional Spanish siesta.

It does very much depend on what job you take on, but a typical working day would be to starting at 10 in the morning with a break between one and four and then working through until seven or eight in the evening.


The intelligent way to find work and jobs in Gran Canaria is to apply for a job as a holiday rep in resorts such as Maspalomas and Playa del Ingles. These rep jobs will be organised in advance of your arrival in the resort.

Working as a Spanish holiday rep in Gran Canaria is not as easy as it sounds. Problems can occur day and night with the guests that you are employed to look after and all sorts of emergencies can occur from medical emergencies to guests being robbed and losing their passport and possessions.

You would earn a good basic wage for being a holiday rep as well as being able to earn extra money if you are successful at selling excursions and trips to your customers. This should be relatively easy because Gran Canaria is a lovely scenic island with lots to see. Another major benefit is that you would be provided with accommodation and food included.

Resources: Try the major travel companies such as Thomson, Club 18-30 and Thomas Cook – all have been recruiting recently.


Although this page is all about finding work on the island of Gran Canaria, it is worth mentioning that there are good possibilities to starting your own business by going self-employed. This especially applies if you have a tradesman skill such as being a builder, electrician, plumber, painter or some other construction type skill that you can offer as a service.

You will have to make a social security contributions which are quite substantial in Spain. For everything that you charge you will need to contribute 18% back to the Spanish government in the form of IVA which is the equivalent to VAT in the United Kingdom.

It can be very expensive to start your own business but you are more likely to make more being self-employed than you would being employed in a job and there are many English speaking expatriates who will welcome services in English.


We have covered the tourist industry extensively which is obviously the main source of work and jobs in Gran Canaria. The next biggest sector for employment would be the real estate or property market.

The massive building boom in new construction of houses being sold to many people from all over northern Europe has slowed down enormously but this sector still employs many people. Although people may not be buying houses there is still a thriving tourist market which involves providing accommodation through the lettings market.

There are sales jobs going in estate agencies (inmobiliaria) and letting agencies who deal in villa and apartment rentals. There are also indirect jobs such as looking after and maintaining these properties involving gardeners, handymen and pool cleaners.

There are also many other unusual jobs that typically involve providing services to English speaking people on the island. We know that people have performed these jobs: cleaning swimming pools, gardening, villa cleaning, hairdressing jobs, shop and retail work, removals, fitness jobs, personal trainer, beautician, vets, childcare jobs such as working as an au pair, nanny or babysitter, computer repair, graphic design, insurance sales, telemarketing, telesales, engineer, customer service, hospitality, journalists, marketing, legal jobs, media jobs, office jobs, secretarial, admin, financial, carers, nursing, I.T. jobs.


Try obtaining a recognised teaching qualification before arriving in Gran Canaria – Teaching TEFL or ESL are popular and recognised throughout the world.

Gran Canary does have good possibilities for teaching English to Spanish islanders as discussed by Matthew Hirtes below.

Playa de Mogán, Mogán. Isla de Gran Canaria

Playa de Mogán, Mogán. Isla de Gran Canaria.

My Experience of Moving to Gran Canaria and Looking for Work

By Matthew Hirtes

Saturday the 22nd of February 2004 rocked our world. In the worst possible way. For that was the day our second son Alex, at just eight months, was diagnosed with leukaemia.

Following a half-year residency in Great Ormond Street Hospital, we took the decision to relocate to Gran Canaria for the extra family support. My mother-in-law, one sister-in-law and five brothers-in-law live on the island.

Despite this, my first year on the island was spent as a house husband.

Alex had to go for regular check-ups at the Materno (children’s hospital) in Las Palmas and he wasn’t allowed to attend nursery with other children.

But the beach was fine, so we were able to work on our tans. Thanks to his native Canarian mother Cristina, Alex acquired a browner hue than his father’s lobster-red.

When Alex was given the all-clear to start nursery, my days as a beach bum ended. I now had to look for work.

In England I’d worked in journalism but my must-do-better Spanish and relatively low pay forced a career change.

After a disastrous stint in a private school, I landed a position as a teaching assistant in a state primary in Bañaderos.

Unfortunately, that project lost funding due to the cuts last year, so all of us native English-speaking assistants found ourselves out of a job.

In the meantime, Cristina and I had opened our own language academy, Play School which teaches English to children aged from three to 12 through the medium of craft, games, songs and stories, along with the odd worksheet.

For those who live in the north of the island like we do, teaching offers the best employment opportunities.

Private bi-lingual schools will want to hire you for your ability to speak your mother tongue rather than any teaching experience.

I also know fellow expats who make a good living by giving private classes to the children of Las Palmas’ wealthier residents.

If you live in the south, the service industry beckons.

In the summer, it’s easy to pick up casual work at the English and Irish bars in and around Playa del Inglés.

However, bear in mind that in winter the profile of tourist changes with more Northern European and Scandinavian visitors. Here demand for English-speaking bar staff becomes rather thinner on the ground.

The alternative is to start up your own business. From medical clinics to schools to restaurants, the opportunities are there for any wannabe entrepreneurs.

If you settle in the less touristy north, though, acquiring at the very least a basic grasp of Spanish is essential.

To keep abreast of the latest expat developments on the island, check out Gran Canaria Noticeboard on Facebook.

If you’re after something rather less cyber, The British Club in Las Palmas’ Calle León y Castillo will allow you to meet up with fellow native English speakers face to face.

The Canary News is the only English-language newspaper based on Gran Canaria and editor Edward Timon guarantees a read that’s as informative as it’s entertaining.

…. Matthew Hirtes

Going Local in Gran Canaria: How to Turn a Holiday Destination into a Home, my latest book is now out. Hoorah!

If you are an employer who is searching for staff, please contact us with any job vacancies you wish to fill in Gran Canaria and we will list them for free.

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Interviews With People Who Have Moved to Spain

Long-Term Rentals


I Hate Spain – Problems & Disadvantages

For a full index of pages see our main work in Spain page.



  1. Louise McMurrich says

    Looking for work in hospitality wether it be a bar or hotel. I’ve worked round the world and at a high standard for almost 18 years.

  2. Hi,
    I’m Dominic, I’m 38, I met my girlfriend in Gran Canaria two years ago and I want to move out there to be with her around September time this year (2018) to be with her.
    My question is where would I be able to find a professional job such as customer service, telemarketing etc in Gran Canaria and how difficult is it? I have been taking spanish lessons since October and they’re coming along nicely so I hope this should increase my chances of getting a better job on the island.
    I would really appreciate any advice as this is the biggest move of my life and I want to get it right for myself and my girlfriend (wife to be).
    Thank you 🙂

  3. Hi there. My name is Bartek and I am 34. Currently we’re living in UK but looking to move to Gran Canaria. I am working as self employed landscape gardener but I do a lot of painting and property maintenance as well. My wife is master engineer horticulturist and garden designer. Ideally we looking for work in our trades but we wont be to fussy 🙂

  4. I am an experienced English Language teacher with a M.A. American English is my native language. I have taught all levels to all ages both intensive and long term. Would like to work part-time, up to 15 hours a week in Tenerife, Lanzarote or Gran Canaria for about 4 months beginning in March I live in Oregon.

  5. Coman Ionut says

    Hello, I am a romanian journalist with a lot of experience in PR, communication, MC at sports events and as a tourist guide and I intend to move to Gran Canaria in the spring. I am looking for a job in my area of expertise or something related, as in Hospitality. I speak English, Italian and a little bit of German. Thank You

  6. Hello everyone,
    I am Lovelina a filipino citizen currently working in the czech republic as a nanny and private english tutor. I will be moving to las palmas in july. I am trying to look for a nanny job, or daycare center ( assistant child governess) if you know any where i can submit my résumé please feel free to send me an email at

    Kind regards,

  7. Thomas Harty says

    We are a gay couple,lived abroad for many years.
    We have lots of experiences in property management,marketing,web design,and various other experiences in care of the retired and elderly.
    Looking to move to gran canaria and offer our experiences.

  8. Marcin Modelewski says

    I am very positive & full of energy guy working in Ireland in catering as a steward on board in irish trains.I love sun, Spanish people & Spain
    & that’s right I am looking for a job in Gran Canaria in 2018.I can speak english and polish.Please email

  9. Fernando Miranda Aguiar says

    I’m an experienced makeup artist, work in the industry for 20 years in brands like Bobbi Brown, Estee Lauder and Nars. Looking for a permanent position in Gran Canaria (Las Palmas. I can send CV by request.I’m fluent in English, Spanish and portuguese, average french.
    Fernando Miranda Aguiar

  10. Craig Taylor says

    hi im a qualified time served carpenter looking to start a fresh life in gran caneria and have a lot of hotel experience working as a cleaner and a maintenance man i have a driving licence and will even be happy doing a driving job to get me on my feet and im from brighton in uk and looking for a new lifestyle


  11. Hi I’m a professional window cleaner in England and I am looking at starting a business in grancanaria , can anyone give me any advice or tips please ??

  12. Air pair/Nanny available

    From 2018

    10 years expereince in childcare cleaning and first aid

    Highly recommended with great references

    Fluent in English and learning spanish at the moment.

    Very flexible for work suiting your needs.

    Comfortable working with babies to teens.

    Pay can be negotiable that’s not a problem

    Please email me I’m available from March onwards

    Stacey 🙂

  13. Hello looking for a job in gran canaria in 2018 thinking March time maybe bit later.

    I am English speaking from UK learning spanish right now. I have expereince in hospitality, childcare, entertainment and service.

    I have alot of transferable skills and I’m a very hard worker.

    Please email me if you have any jobs available.


  14. Steven Hunter says

    Hi all am Steven am 28 from Scotland am looking to move out to Spain and looking for a job and apartment before I make any commitments if any 1 knows anywhere could you please drip me a email thanks in advance

  15. Philip Roberts says

    Hi there,

    I am Philip (60) and together with my wife Cheralyn (52) both retired last June (2016) and lived in El Campello, Alicante for three months last Autumn. we have done the same this year arriving 15th September till 15th December as we wanted to try living in Spain.

    We have visited Maspalomas for over 25 years for holidays many different times of the year and have to say it is definitely our favourite place to stay and think we want to be there more long term than the mainland. I have contacted many estate agents most of whom don’t even reply to me to thought I would try this route.

    Although we are really flexible on dates we would like to rent something from early 2018 for around 3 months. we are totally flexible on dates, type of accommodation and prefer around Maspalomas, Playa des Ingles, San Fernando or Sonneland but would consider other options to be able to get a rental there. we would use our time there to look at perhaps buying a property as we feel it would be better there than the mainland as we are trying to escape the cold of the UK.

    If anyone has some suggestions or advice it would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanking you in advance,


  16. Victoria-Emily Thomas says

    Currently living in Cordoba, looking to move to the Canaries in January 2018.
    18 years old, from Scotland and a fluent English speaker with good knolwedge of Spanish as I’ve been living with a Spanish speaking family since September and studied for 7 years.
    Experienced in retail, bar, hospitality and childcare.

  17. Currently living in ireland looking for work round Porto rico I am working in a bar at the moment but have 20 years manufacturing experience if anyone could guide me in the right direction it would be a great help thanks

  18. Hi. I’m a 52 yr old fun and active yoga teacher. I want to find a place to work and by part of a team. What’s the yoga scene like and which island might work well for work on the yoga field.
    Thanks for your help

  19. Hello,
    I’m an experienced auto-moto mechanic(engine+ecu programmer)known spare parts.
    Looking forward to work and live in canary islands.Greece, 49y.

  20. Currently working onboard a cruise ship as bike tour guide. Fluent English and German, Russian+Ukrainian – native + Basic French. I’m not a EU-citizen. Is there any sport jobs on Canaries I could apply for? I’d really love to come back there>
    E-mail me:
    or skype: multja_ha

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