Malaga Jobs – How TO ACTUALLY Find Work in Malaga Spain in 2019…

Malaga is located on the southern coast of Spain, particularly in the Autonomous Community of Andalusia.

It is one of the world’s oldest cities with a history that dates back to about 2,800 years.

It is also the sixth biggest city in Spain and the second most important city in Andalusia with a population of more than 560,000 people.

One of the most important industries in Malaga is the tourism sector which sees around six million visits from tourists every year. More and more expatriates are choosing to move to Malaga because of the city’s stunning Mediterranean climate wherein the summers are long, hot and dry while the winters are relatively mild.

Summer officially begins in April and lasts until November. The hottest months are from June to September with temperatures usually hitting the 30˚C mark. Likewise, the winters are warm when compared to most of the rest of Europe since the Malaga Mountains are said to block the weather coming from the north.

No wonder that the population in the city and the surrounding area during the hot summer months is noticeably bigger compared to what has been observed in the winter. While Spanish remains the dominant language, many locals seem to have a fairly good understanding of English as well.

Here’s a visual guide to the best sights of Malaga:

On this page, we will give you a guide on how to find work in Malaga and as well as the type of jobs you can expect to find if you primarily speak English.

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Work for English Speakers

Many expats who are looking for work in Malaga would normally do their search in areas where their knowledge in speaking English is in high demand. These include areas such as the tourist industry and those that provide services catering to the expat community. Some of these services can be anything from working in a restaurant or in a bar or simply being self-employed cleaners, hairdressers or plumbers.

job-spain-graphicIf you have minimal to basic knowledge of Spanish, you can get an opportunity working with a real estate agent which has a known expertise in properties for expats. You may have to speak some basic Spanish when conversing with sellers or when there’s a need to do a legal representation. The good news is that many of the house sellers normally turn out as English speakers too.

Foreign teachers who are aiming to find jobs in state schools may find some difficulty in their search because of a complicated process known as “oposiciones” (different exams) which is a requirement when seeking a post in any public or civil service sectors.

If you have a fairly good level of Spanish and you have successfully fulfilled all the legal requirements needed in order to work in Spain, you are therefore allowed to compete with any Spanish local for jobs. At this point, English speakers will always be at an advantage even if the job does not directly require an English speaking capability on a native level.

Malaga Summer Jobs

One of the easy ways to stay in Spain through summer and earn a bit of money on the side is by teaching English at a summer camp. Apart from being employed for the two-month summer period, there are also a lot of invaluable skills to learn along with an added boost to your resume.

The best time to start your search on summer camps is on the last week of June which shall run through July and August. This is because the academic calendar in Spain normally ends in late June. However, a number of day camps are usually held in urban locations while those held in residential or sleep away are often times scheduled for several weeks.

Generally, most camps in Spain will not discuss wages until you get an offer for the position. Once accepted, you can expect to receive anywhere between €600 and €1000 for a month’s work.

If you’re a foodie and you have a special interest on Spanish food, you can also try to become one of the food tour guides in Malaga. Known as the “Devour Malaga Food Tours,” becoming a guide would mean doing around 2 to 5 tours a week with each tour lasting about 3 hours. After you become trained, you can start earning around €20 per hour including tips. Moreover, you can also receive tour discounts that your family and friends can enjoy. Lastly, you will get continuous free training on Malaga and eating and drinking in Spain so long as you’re working with the company.

Bar Work in Malaga

At the center of Malaga, you will find that most bars are in close proximity to each other and are normally occupied by people chatting in the midst of music played in the background. Most of the inhabitants of Malaga would prefer not to go out before midnight and would usually party until dawn. Bars that have smaller dance floors are common in the center. If you’re searching for a serious discotheque, the place to go is Puerto Marina in Benalmádena.

We recommend the following English bars in Malaga where you can seek for an employment if you want to work in a bar.

  1. Morrisey’s Irish Pub – C/ Méndez Núñez, Malaga, Tel. +34-952-608-687
  1. Druidas Irish Bar – Plaza de la Merced, 17, 29012 Malaga, Tel. +34-952-218-171
  1. The Bailey Irish Pub – Calle Doña Maria Barrabino, 4, 29620 Malaga, Tel. +34-667-290-490
  1. Hollie’s Fitzsimons Irish Bar – Av. Palma de Mallorca, 14, 29620 Torremolinos, Malaga, Tel. +34-952-056-215
  1. Casey Duke’s Irish Bar – C/C Los Porches L55, Avenida de Antonio Machado, 29630 Benalmádena, Malaga, Tel. +34-687-189-617
  1. Shamrock Irish Pub – Edificio Benalplaya, Av. Antonio Machado, 106, 29630 Benalmádena, Malaga, Tel. +34-952-566-999
  1. Hill 16 Spain Irish Bar – Calle Decano José Gómez Rando, 13, 29620, Torremolinos, Malaga, Tel. +34-673-777-903
  1. Tony Shanley Irish Bar – Paseo Marítimo Rey de España, 44, 29640 Fuengirola, Malaga, Tel. +34-952-461-941
  1. Pogs The Old Irish Pub – Calle Lamo de Espinosa, 4, 29640 Fuengirola, Malaga, Tel. +34-662-594-111
  1. The Mad Ass Irish Bar – Calle del Siroco, Benalmadena, Malaga, Tel. +34-952-446-128

What type of work can most expats find in Malaga?

Since the 1970s, there has been a growing increase in the number of expats moving to Malaga wherein the majority is made up of British and German nationals who now call the Spanish city as their home. A large number of expats have chosen to stay near the coastline as opposed to staying in the city center.

Expats who are eager to start working in Malaga will notice that apart from the city’s tourism sector, there are also other opportunities in the fast-growing logistics and transportation sectors.

Generally speaking, the three main industries that make up the economy in Malaga include tourism, construction and technology services. However, the economy is also diverse which means that expats who are searching for opportunities in the region will most likely find a huge range of job openings available.

ESL/EFL Teaching Jobs

English teachers will find that there are plenty of work available in either of the city’s international schools or private language schools. With many locals being interested to take English classes as an important language to learn in the area, English teachers have a lot of opportunity to supplement their income by arranging some private English lessons with the locals.

Most adult learners are normally focused on practicing their English conversational skills which may not require any formal teaching qualifications. However, it is also recommended that teachers earn a TEFL qualification if they want their job applications to stand out from the rest.

Here is a useful video for those of you who are interested in teaching English in sunny Málaga:

If you’re searching for an English teaching job in Malaga, you may consider sending an application to any one of these international schools found in the region.

  1. St. George’s British School Malaga – Urb. Cerrado de Calderon, Av. Centaurea, 8, 29018 (
  1. Sunland International School – Crta. de Cártama Estación a Pizarra, s/n, 29580 Cártama Estación (
  1. The International School Estepona – Calle Azahar, 112, 29688 El Paraiso (
  1. The English International College – Urbanizacion Ricmar, Ctra. de Cadiz-Malaga (
  1. Laude San Pedro International College – Urbanizacion Nueva Alcantara, Avda La Coruña (
  1. St. Anthony’s College – Camino de Coin Km. 5.25 (
  1. Aloha College – Urbanizacion El Angel, Nueva Andalucia (
  1. The Ark Christian School – Calle Rio Darro, 2, Las Lagunas de Mijas (
  1. Swans Primary School – S/N, Calle Malaga, Marbella, Malaga (
  1. Calpe School – Urb. Linda Vista Baja, Calle los Eucaliptos (

Knowing the Rules and Regulations

If you are interested to find work in Malaga you need to be at least 16 years of age and at least 18 years of age if you are planning to be self-employed.

If you are offered a labor contract, your employer should request for your authorization to work in Spain. Likewise, you can get a work visa as soon as you are issued with residence and work authorization.

Foreigners are advised to register with the city’s corresponding Social Security system upon arriving in Spain. They are also expected to apply for a foreigner identity card.

Where to Find Work

 Malaga job websites and forums. You can check out the Spain Expat forum to get information on job offers that are available as well as the seekers for a corresponding offer. We also offer the same service to job seekers by providing a way for employers to post the details of a job vacancy and opportunity at the bottom of our page.

Craigslist Malaga – This web-based classified ads site is so far one of the user friendly sites when it comes to searching for anything such as jobs, services, properties, and more.   

Other notable sites that you can try in your search include the Malaga Official Job Portal, Info Empleo, Opcion Empleo, and Mil Anuncios.

Recruitment companies are also a good place to start when searching for job opportunities in Malaga as they are most likely in good contact with a number of large companies in the city.

Some of the recruitment companies you can find in Malaga are:

  1. Adecco (
  2. Randstad (
  3. EY (
  4. Ambient (
  5. Placement Finders (

Malaga Resources:

Malaga Tourism is the official website of the Department of Tourism of the city of Malaga.

Malaga Information is where you can find various information about Malaga such as an overview of the city, history, getting around, attractions and things to do.


Malaga, also known as the birthplace of artist Pablo Picasso, is without a doubt one of the most appealing places in Spain that has easily become a favourite destination of foreigners coming from various parts of the globe. Apart from choosing Malaga as their new home, many expats also come to the city as their choice location for retirement.

It is also a melting pot of various religions although the Roman Catholics are recognized as the dominant religious group. Other religions that are practised by the inhabitants include Protestantism, Islam, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and the Jewish Association.

The Malaga Costa Del Sol Airport is an international airport and is also one of the first airports that was built in Spain. While it has daily links to 20 Spanish cities, it also offers regular flights to more than a hundred European cities. Expats from cities such as Moscow, St. Petersburg, Riyadh, Toronto and New York can also take advantage of the flights that are available from the airport.

If you are interested in this area of Spain above all others, consider our job guides to Seville and nearby Marbella.

Below are some of the main sections and frequently asked questions when searching for jobs in Malaga.

  • Is it expensive to stay and live in Malaga?
  • Are there any available jobs for Americans in Malaga?
  • Are there any jobs for English speakers in Malaga?
  • What types of job and vacancies are popular in Malaga?
  • What are the best places and sites for finding jobs in Malaga?
  • Part-time Work in Malaga
  • Summer Jobs in Malaga 2019



  1. Hola,

    Me and my partner have made a life changing decision to move from cold rainy Scotland to warm sunny Spain. As we stay in Scotland at the moment we looking for work with accommodation to start living in Spain stright away and full time. We both have experience in working in hotels on almost every position, dealing with guests and working behind the scenes. Shaun also has experience in cooking breakfast and lunch for up to 40 guests. We are both good workers who are not afraid of hard work and work well under stress. We are both currently working in North uist in Langass Lodge Hotel. We both have a lot of customer service experience in various roles and feel we would work well in your team. If you have any postions available we would be delighted to work with you. We look forward to hearing back from you. We both have CV’s and references available at request.

  2. Claire Gallagher says

    I am a PGCE and Celta qualified English teacher. I have taught English Language and Lit from Key Stage 3 to A level; ESOL to adult learners in the UK; EFL to children aged 5 upwards in Spain, including preparation for Cambridge YL exams and First Certificate. I have also provided Learning Support to children in primary and secondary schools, as well as specific support and teaching of children with an ASD diagnosis. I am ideally looking for a Learning Support role in a British or International school, however would also consider private tuition of children and adults requiring support with the UK curriculum, or English as a Foreign Language. I have basic Spanish. I am currently living in Ireland but hope to move to Malaga City, once I find secure employment.

  3. Maria MacGowan says

    Myself and husband are looking at moving to Malaga mid – late 2020 as we need to wait for our son to finish his GCSE’s.

    I am a Personal Assistant/Virtual Assistant (prefer freelance and jobs I can do from home), I have been doing this since 1994 so have a lot of experance. I also help to run the family business MacGowan Family PC’s and Virtual Assistants which we will be advertising in Malaga once we are setelled.

    Maria MacGowan

  4. Lorraine Aslan says

    I’m Lorraine, looking for an English teaching position in Malaga and surrounding, from September 2019.
    CELTA qualified and experience in Cambridge exam prep.
    Hope to hear from you soon.

  5. Mert Seven says

    Hello, I want to move to Malaga for 5 to 6 months (September 2019 to January / February 2020). I am from Austria (my parents are from Turkey), speaking German, Turkish and English fluently. I also have basic knowledge of French and currently developing my Spanish knowledge on a every day’s basis.

    I am 24 years old and have finished studying law in the university of Vienna.Currently I am active as a legal advisor for matters of Immigration in Austria. I would describe myself as a very social person who has no struggles to engage to people. Also, being a legal advisor means dealing with people face to face day after day. I am aware of the fact that finding a job in the law field is probably not very realistic, that is why I consider accepting jobs in other professional fields too. Please feel free to contact me!

  6. michael says

    hi i am michael from spain malaga, am an international dj maf you can contact me on 602185635

  7. Charlotte Griffin says

    Hi there,

    Hope you’re all well.

    I’m a 25 year old woman looking for a Customer Service job role within Malaga.

    I currently live in the UK but would be happy to move to Spain and work within your airport, dealing with customers face to face, meeting and greeting them face to face.

    I’m an outgoing, friendly and ambitious individual and love working as part of a team and independently also.

    I have 7 years of Customer Service experience, coming from a telecommunications background in the North of the UK.

    I’m looking for a new opportunity and challenge and would be excited to become part of your organisation.

    Many thanks!

    I look forward to hearing from you.

  8. Cleaning, packing, helper jobs

  9. daniela reed says

    Hi, at the moment I am in Estepona, which I love, but I need to find some work and as it is mostly Spanish speaking shops bars ect, I am having difficulty, I thought if I move to a more touristy place I would stand a better chance, has anyone got any recommendations as to where I should try, I have got my personal licence to run a bar, also I have got NVQ level 3 in health and social care.
    Any help would be much appreciated.
    Thanks Daniela

  10. Walter Brolly says

    Fairley good with my hands i had cleaning company in london for many years and worked in construction plus i have got a class one licence i am from Ireland thinking of coming down there to live with my 11 year old son.Should have a problem with work there.I do know a small bit of spanish.Can you let me know if i am wasting my time.

  11. Dragoș Verman says

    Hy.i am Dragoș from Romania. With over 6 years experience in Carnival Cruise Lines as a bartender and over 10 years experience in hotel and coffee shop/ bar industry i am looking for a serious and constant job in hospitality .hotel reception,barista ,server ..looking forward for a job even for my wife.housekeeping.reception.both of us 34 and 31 years old.dedicated and serious. 0040754850026

  12. Kimberley Rutherford says

    Looking for full time bar hospitality work area Malaga to Estepona also couples work

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  14. Hola! Soy inlges, pero puedo hablar espanol, mas or menos. Tengo la intencion de vivir y trabajar en Malaga en dos meses. Tengo experiencia en la industria de la hospitalidad, como un general director de restaurante brasileno, barman de cocteles, camarero, anfitrion y coordinador de eventos. Me gusta mucho a trabajar en la industria de la hospitalidad porque soy un feliz y amistoso persona y me encanta todas las personas.

    I also have an advanced command of the English language, so would prefer to gain employment that provided opportunity to speak both, although this is not a necessity.

    Please do not hesitate to contact me with any work you have available!

  15. carol busby says

    We are considering a move, my husband is currently looking for work he has over 30yrs expericance in catering. He served for 17 yrs as a chef in the Royal Navy and has worked in hotels bar restaurants school kitchens He will only consider permanent work, I have medical issues which I am expecting to improve living in a warmer climate so the sooner the better. We are aware everywhere have problems and crime unlike some on here. However the weather alone will give myself a life back I will be doing some Spanish lessons the minuet we arrive then a teaching qualification to that I can do classroom assistant, Her in the UK I exist in a house I rarely leave nowhere can be any worse.
    If anyone can advise of getting work all info will be gratefully accepted, He has registered with a few job sites 2 of which are Spanish

  16. Nicole Jeannot says

    Hi I am doing a Dog grooming course in Malaga in March 2017.
    How do I advertise for jobs in Malaga after that?
    Perhaps be attached to a vet?

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