Finding a job in Barcelona
Posted by edux127 on October 18, 2006
When you arrive to Barcelona and try to find a job you will have to know some little things about the law, about your rights and about your obligations.
Here in this article I would like to explain the different steps you need to follow once you decide to come to work to Barcelona.
First of all you will need to find ads to arrange interviews. There are several ways to find companies looking for staff, but obviously I will recommend you to use the internet. The best websites where to find a job in Barcelona are:
There is a lot of job offers in Barcelona and you won’t have any problem to do interviews. The main problem are the salaries. Compared to other countries, a job in Spain is really bad paid. Therefore, the main problem will be to find a well paid job.
Some laws you need to know when getting hired:
- You must have to sign a contract. This is a mediterranean country, and many companies, even big ones, will try to hire you without signing any contract. This is dangerous for you! To have a correct signed contract will allow you to go the hospital if you are sick, will allow you to get the “paro” (some money when you are not working), and what it is more important, you will have your rights as a worker.(see next point)
- When you sign the contract, you must ask for the “Convenio Colectivo” for your specific job. This is a previous agreements between the contractors and the employers where are written all the rights for that specific job. For example, if you work as a waiter, you will find all the general rights you will have a waiter in BArcelona, as how much do you get for working on Sundays, how many free days do you have per week, etc. Be careful when you ask for the “Convenio Colectivo” to your boss because it is something he will not like very much. Therefore, find it on Internet or ask to other collegues…
- About your obligations, you must know something important about the taxes. In your contract, the contractor must pay your work insurance (Seguridad Social). This is not included in your salary, and it must be payed by the company.
- In the other hand, you must pay the taxes for your salary. Normally the company will deduct a portion of your salary to pay the taxes, and you dont have to care about it. What