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Top Six Ways to Find Work in Barcelona
Finding work in Barcelona is not so easy if you don't speak Spanish, and a lot of the Catalan companies also prefer their employees to speak Catalan. There are many international companies based in Barcelona, as well as those small to medium-sized companies set up by expatriates, many of which need employees who speak English.
The following article is a guide on where to start to find employment in Barcelona, but before you even begin looking for work it's best to try to get your NIE. To be fair, your NIE is not so easy to get without having a job offer, as this is one of the qualifications for the NIE. However, there are other qualifications and if you have your NIE it shows that you're serious about finding work to any future employer.
So, where do you start to look for a job in Barcelona.
So, those are my top six ways of finding employment in Barcelona – best of luck!
(Please be aware that with all online advertising, some adverts can turn out to be scams, so please do use your common sense when replying.)
With an English Language teaching qualification you have the opportunity to find work in Barcelona teaching English during the summer, and if you're lucky all year.
There are many language schools in Barcelona who employ teachers - usually on a short-term contract, and there are also companies that hire teachers to give English lessons to their employees. Of course, you also have the option of freelancing too.
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There are various legal requirements to being self-employed (autónomo/a) in Spain, the first and foremost is to obtain your Número de Identidad de Extranjeros (NIE). There is an article on how to get your NIE on my page about legal requirements for living and working in Barcelona.
Secondly, freelancers must register at the local tax office – Delegación de Hacienda. The Agencia Tributaria's website lists all the offices, so you can find your nearest office there. At the Hacienda you have to choose the area of work you're involved with from one of their categories and you also need to register for IVA, which is the Spanish equivalent to VAT. In Spain your NIE number also acts as your IVA number.
The next stage is to register at your local social security office, their official website is www.seg-social.es (you can view the website in English). To do this you need your registration form from the Hacienda, your passport as proof of identity and your NIE. Every month, despite what you earn, you must pay approximately €250. This money is similar to National Insurance payments in the UK and covers your unemployment benefit and national health contributions.
As a self-employed person you have to file a tax return for your business quarterly, in January, April, July and October together with IVA returns. Every year, following your first year, you must also file a full personal income tax return (IRPF) in April. Any invoice (factura) you issue for your business must contain your full name, address and NIE number.
There are a lot of legal requirements and red tape involved with going self-employed and I think an accountant or gestor is essential, and maybe a lawyer too depending on the type and size of business.
There is a website (in Spanish) which is a network for the self-employed in Spain and it gives information on all the legal requirements as well as help on everything concerning being an autónomo – from how to invoice to online marketing:
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