A survey has revealed that, after completing their studies, students want to earn 1,325 euros at their first job

A job in the training sector, or a large international company so that they can travel but continue to live in Spain, a fixed and secure salary, a stable job and the option to work as part of a team, are some of the preferences of Spanish university students. Based on this profile, most look forward to working in companies like Google, Amazon, Inditex, Mercedes Benz or Apple.

The survey, conducted by Merco and PeopleMatters, presents the opinions of 9,100 last-year university students and students studying a master’s degree or preparing their doctoral theses. According to this second edition of ‘Merco Talento Universitario’ (Merco University Talent), university students in Spain would like to earn a monthly wage of 1,325 euros at their first job. Based on the breakdown of the research, we find that female university students hope to earn a salary of 1,260 euros, 11% less than men (1,423 euros).

In this line, we also find there is a gap affecting the various fields of study. For example, Health Science graduates trust they will earn 1,428 euros a month, 18% more than Arts and Humanities students. On the other hand, students of other nationalities residing in Spain would expect to earn 1,570 euros on average.

Google and Amazon

The study also lists a selection of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in Spain according to university students. Among these, we can find Google, Amazon, Inditex, Mercedes Benz and Apple. These companies are followed by Mercadona, Santander, Coca-Cola, Microsoft and BBVA, to complete the Top 10.

The report also notes that 55% of university students valued aspects, such a good remuneration and benefits, as well as quality of life. And 22% of respondents appreciate that companies facilitate access to training and professional development, job challenges and recognition.

With regard to job sectors, when choosing their first job young people prefer jobs related to training (38.5%); culture and entertainment (35%); and auditing and consulting (32%). To start looking for a job, 20% of university students use employment websites or portals, followed by social networks (16%), while 11% expect to find a job through recommendations from family members or friends who work in companies.