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The most in-demand jobs in Spain in 2022

If you’re thinking of relocating to Spain but want to make sure you land a job, here are the 20 most in-demand jobs in the country in 2022 according to LinkedIn. 

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Dreaming of a move to Barcelona? The most in-demand jobs in Spain currently are mainly in tech, but not all. Photo: Wyron A/Unsplash

One of the biggest challenges for people who want to move to Spain is finding the right job which will help them further their careers.

It’s easier for EU nationals as they enjoy the freedom of movement to easily live and work in Spain, whereas for third-country nationals getting a job here depends in many cases on the prospective employer not finding a suitable EU candidate for the position (although Spain has just made it easier for Spanish companies to hire workers from outside of the EU).

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But who are the job candidates that are most sought-after in Spain and the skills that could ensure that you get the job as a foreigner, even if your Spanish isn’t up to scratch yet or even if you need a work visa for Spain?

International job search engine LinkedIn has published a list of the 20 jobs that according to their data are most in demand in Spain in 2022, with bigger growth over the past five years than any other positions advertised. 

It’s a list that’s dominated by tech-related positions, which reflects how the work market is changing (this is our last list of non-tech related jobs that are in demand in Spain). 

Here is the top 20 list, including the core skills required for each position, the cities in Spain where most of these jobs are and the desired experience for candidates.

Site Reliability Engineer (Ingeniero/a de fiabilidad del sitio)

Required skills: Ansible, Docker, Amazon Web Services (AWS) 

Cities with the most contracts : Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Palma de Mallorca

Average years of prior experience: 9.6

Business development representative (Responsable de desarrollo de negocio)

Required skills: Salesforce, Business Development, Lead Generation

Cities with the most contracts : Barcelona, ​​Madrid, Valencia

Average years of prior experience: 5.6

Cloud Architect (Arquitecto/a de sistemas en la nube)

Most common skills: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Cloud Computing

Cities with the most contracts: Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Alicante

Average years of prior experience: 13 

Machine Learning Engineer (ingeniero de aprendizaje automático)

Required skills: Machine Learning, Computer Vision, Data Science 

Cities with the most contracts: Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Valencia

Average years of experience: 5.2 years

Cybersecurity Specialist (experto/a en ciberseguridad)

Required Skills: Cybersecurity, Ethical Hacking, Information Security

Cities with the most contracts: Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Seville

Average years of experience: 8.3 years 

Software Application Engineer (Ingeniero/a de aplicaciones)

Core Skills: Java, Eclipse, SQL 

Cities with the most contracts: Madrid, Zaragoza, Alicante 

Average years of experience: 5.5 years

Clinical Trial Manager (Responsable de ensayos clínicos)

Required Skills: Good Clinical Practice, Clinical Trial Management System, Oncology

Cities with the most contracts: Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Valencia

Average years of experience: 9.6 years

Infrastructure Engineer (Ingeniero/a de infraestructura)

Required skills: Amazon Web Services, Ansible, Infrastructure

Cities with the most contracts: Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Valencia 

Average years of experience: 9.4 years

Supply Chain Planning Manager (Responsable de cadena de suministro)

Required skills: Supply Chain Management, SAP Products, Production Planning

Cities with the most contracts: Barcelona, ​​Madrid, Toledo 

Average years of experience: 5.8 years

Clinical site specialist 

Required skills: good clinical practice, clinical research, oncology

Cities with the most contracts: Madrid, Barcelona, ​​surroundings of Madrid 

Average years of experience: 9.7 years

Mortgage Loan Officer (Agente hipotecario)

Required skills: Home Loans, Residential Mortgages, Refinancing

Cities with the most contracts: Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Alicante 

Average years of experience: 7.4 years

User Experience Researcher

Required skills: Usability, User Centered Design, Wireframing

Cities with the most contracts: Barcelona, ​​Madrid, La Coruña

Average years of experience: 9.3 years

Back-end Developer (Desarrollador/a back-end)

Required skills: Git, Docker, MongoDB 

Cities with the most contracts: Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Valencia

Average years of experience: 7 years

Sustainability manager (Responsable de sostenibilidad)

Required skills: Sustainable Development, Sustainability Reporting, Consulting

Cities with the most hires: Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Seville

Average years of experience: 6.5 years

Data Engineer (Ingeniero/a de datos)

Required skills: Apache Spark, Scala, Hadoop

Cities with the most hires: Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Seville

Average years of experience: 7.2 years

Strategic Planning Manager (Responsable de planificación estratégica)

Required skills: Business Strategy, Digital Transformation, Management Consulting

Cities with the most hires: Madrid, Barcelona

Average years of experience: 7.8 years

Customer Relationship Management Analyst

Required skills: Salesforce, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, SQL 

Cities with the most contracts: Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Malaga

Average years of experience: 6 years

Talent Acquisition Specialist (Técnico/a de selección de personal or reculatador)

Required skills: Recruiting, Talent Management, LinkedIn Recruiter

Cities with the most contracts: Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Valencia 

Average years of experience: 5.1 years

Software Account Executive (Ejecutivo/a de cuentas de software)

Required skills : Solution Selling, SaaS, Enterprise Software

Cities with the most contracts: Madrid, Barcelona

Average years of experience : 12.7 years

Mechanical Supervisor (Supervisor/a mecánico/a)

Required skills: Project Engineering, Inspection, AutoCAD

Cities with the most contracts: Huelva, Cáceres, Seville 

Average years of experience: 11.7 years

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Primark grows its empire in Spain with 8 new stores and 1,000 jobs

Irish fast fashion retailer Primark has announced it will invest €100 million into its stores in Spain, opening 8 shops in new locations and creating 1,000 jobs in the process.

Primark grows its empire in Spain with 8 new stores and 1,000 jobs

The popular low-cost clothes chain has said they will open eight new stores over the next two years in Spain, as well as refurbishing its existing ones. 

Up to €80 million will be spent on opening the new shops, while the remaining €20 million will go towards upgrades and improvements in other stores.

Spain is already Primark’s second largest market after the UK.

The ambitious plans will also create 1,000 new jobs, bolstering the local economy and bringing Primark’s total workforce within Spain to 10,000.

The company owned by Associated British Foods (ABF.L) has said that it will open its first store on the Canary island of Lanzarote as well as its first in the Spanish enclave of Melilla and one in Toledo.

There are also plans to open new stores in Lorca and Jaén over the next two years, as well as three more in the region of Madrid.

Madrid is already home to eight Primark stores including the retailer’s flagship 12,400-square-metre store located on the emblematic Gran Vía, next to Primark’s Spanish headquarters.

The Primark store in Diagonal Mar in Barcelona is also due to be refurbished and extended.

Carlos Inacio, the director general of Primark Spain, said of the move: “We are proud to announce a significant investment in our store portfolio and long-term growth of Primark Spain. This exciting expansion plan will create employment, positively impact the local communities we are opening in and bring Primark stores closer to our customers across Spain”.

Primark has said that it will also continue with its commitment to half the carbon footprint across its stores by 2030 by installing LED lighting in its Spanish shops, as well as other improvements.

The low-cost fashion chain has also been trialling new concepts across Spain by opening up food and drink outlets within its stores.

This year, Primark opened a frozen yogurt stand Llaollao in its Marbella store, as well as a Granier café in its Seville store. Primark Granada and Palma have Llaollao stands during the summer months.

The retailer has opened three new stores in Spain in the last 12 months, including in San Sebastián, San Fernando and Girona.

Primark opened its first store in Madrid in 2006 and currently has 56 stores in 42 cities across the country. These are not only located in big cities like Barcelona and Madrid, but also smaller ones such as Logroño, Vigo, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Orihuela and Tarragona.

The retailer recently announced an investment of £140 million for its UK stores as well as an investment of €100 million in the French market.

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