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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).

READ ALSO: The visas Americans need to live and work in Spain

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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Can I get my padrón online in Spain?

The padrón certificate is a handy multipurpose document you receive when you register with your local town hall in Spain. It can often be frustrating having to apply for it in person, so are you able to apply online instead?

Can I get my padrón online in Spain?

Empadronamiento is a registration process which adds you to the census of your local area. The associated certificate – el padrón – provides you with official proof of your address.  

For your local town hall, or ayuntamiento in Spanish, it serves the purpose of knowing exactly how many people are living in the area, which in turn helps them receive adequate funding for public services.  

But your padrón certificate is very useful for you too, as many official processes in Spain require you to prove your address.

For example, you may need it to get your driving licence or to register as an autónomo (self-employed). 

READ ALSO: 16 things you should know about Spain’s padrón town hall registration. 

Technically, you should apply for your padrón within the first three months of moving to Spain, or if you move home to a different area within Spain.

You may also need to reapply for it if you need it for another official process and it is older than three months.

If you’ve already been living in Spain, you’ll know that getting documents such as your padrón can take longer than you probably hoped for. This can be very frustrating, particularly having to first get a prior appointment (cita previa) from your town hall, as this ends up stringing out the process.

Being able to apply online instead of in person could save you a lot of time and should make the whole process easier, but is it possible?

Can you apply for the padrón online in Spain?

The short answer is yes, it is often possible to apply for your padrón certificate online. However, it may depend on the area you live in.

For example, if you live in Barcelona or Madrid, you are able to apply for your certificate for the first time online or renew it online too.

Those in Barcelona should visit the relevant page of the Ajuntament website here where you can fill out and submit the online form.

Those in Madrid can fill out and apply for the form here, while in Valencia, you can apply via the following link here.

You will simply need to follow all the steps, filling out all your personal details as you go and then submitting it at the end. 

Remember, you will also need to have digital copies of your ID documents such as passport, TIE or other residency cards, the deeds if you own the property where you live or your rental contract if you are renting.

You may need a digital certificate or [email protected] to be able to officially identify yourself during online processes, but this may not be necessary for all town halls, it will depend on what type of system they have set up.

For example, if you live in Granada and have your digital certificate, you can apply online, but if you don’t, then you will need to apply for it in person.

In Madrid, those who don’t have a digital certificate can apply for the padrón via e-mail.

In some other areas, you may be able to apply to renew your certificate online, but if you’re applying for the first time then you will still need to go in person.

As is so often the case with official matters in Spain, there is no standard procedure which applies across the board for getting a padrón online.

You may ask one civil servant who tells you it is possible, then turn round and quiz another funcionario, who completely rules it out. Perhaps you’re better off first Googling “solicitar padrón a través de internet” (apply for padron online), plus the name of your town to see if it is an option.

‘Spain is different’, Spaniards often say in English when being critical about their country. When it comes to applying for a padrón online, Spain and its 8,131 town halls most certainly are different.

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