Summer Jobs – How to Actually Get Work in Spain for the Summer of 2018

The idea of finding a summer job in Spain sounds wonderful doesn’t it?

Many people love the idea of coming over to Spain just for the holiday season and living in Spain for the summer while working to pay their way.

Most will be students looking for summer work abroad to give them a combination of earning money over the summer before they go back to study in September, while also feeling like they are on holiday.

You may also be a traveller looking to stop over in Spain and you want to get a summer job to pay for your travelling costs.

bora bora beach barThe truth is that there are many summer jobs to be had in Spain in the summer due to the tourist industry.

Spain is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world and so there is a real need for short-term workers just for the summer months of June, July, August and to a lesser degree September.

If you are searching for summer jobs in Spain the most obvious one is to look for is summer bar work and summer bar jobs in the most popular Spanish tourist spots. These include the big cities of Madrid and Barcelona.

The Costa del Sol is the most popular coast for tourism and good places to search for summer jobs on the Costa del Sol would be the resorts of Marbella, Malaga, Mijas, Benalmadena, Torremolinos and Fuengirola. After those we suggest the Costa Blanca coast, the best places for summer work would be Benidorm, Alicante, Calpe, La Manga, Murcia and Torrevieja.

job-spain-graphicThe Costa Brava has a couple of lively resorts which are Lloret de Mar and Tossa de Mar where many British and English speaking people find bar work for the summer season.

The Spanish islands are also popular for example Ibiza, Lanzarote, Majorca (Mallorca), Canary Islands, Menorca and Tenerife.

Another option for finding summer work in Spain is to work as a waiter or waitress in a restaurant or as a chef. Another popular option is to find a summer job in a hotel in Spain or work as a tour rep looking after the tourists. These jobs may also have accommodation included.

How Much Can I Earn Over The Summer?

Expect wages in Spain to be low as employers take advantage of the fact that Spain is a desirable place to be spending your summer. If you are lucky lodging and accommodation will be included with your summer job. Wages are likely to be approximately €5 an hour. Many jobs and work in Spain will be part-time not full-time

Clearly working in Spain for the summer is all about the experience of a lifetime, not earning money. Also you are in competition with workers from Eastern Europe and Morocco.

Where Can I Find a Summer Job for 2018?

Unfortunately most summer vacancies in Spain will not be advertised and so you really need to travel about in Spain and ask locally – especially in the bars and restaurants. When looking for a summer job in Spain your best bet is to arrive as early as possible before the tourist season to secure your summer job before others do.

If you are looking to teach English in Spain as a summer job then you should look to contact Spanish language schools who may well be able to offer you a job before you travel.

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