Germany, Holland and Great Britain top the list of countries that require Spanish workers for their labour markets

The incipient economic improvement of recent quarters has brought with it a slight recovery in the labour market, which has resulted in an increase in the number of job offers, not only in Spain, but also to work abroad. In this context, and given the high rate of unemployment that still exists in Spain, Adecco and Infoempleo have detected an increase in the number of offers published in Spain for jobs abroad.
In particular, offers have increased by 5.2% compared to last year. However, this improvement does not imply an increase in regard to the percentage of the total number of offers generated in Spain, which remains at 0.9%. This is due to the similar increase in the number of jobs offered in Spain (4.9%), which means that the percentage from one year ago remains unchanged.

Most of these job opportunities (69% of the total) come from Europe, where Germany, Holland, Great Britain and Belgium are the countries that are increasingly showing interest in hiring Spanish youths for their labour markets. However, the crisis that is still affecting the European Union has resulted in an eight point loss in employment compared with the previous year. In turn, this means that certain countries like Greece or Italy that were usually in this ranking have had to cede their places to emerging economies like China, Equatorial Guinea or the United Arab Emirates. The sectors demanding most workers are general consulting (28.9%), real estate (13.8%), services (13.5%) and those related to new technologies (11.8%).

University and Vocational Training Profiles

The study highlighted that 70% of employment offers abroad are looking for university profiles, followed by higher Vocational Training candidates, with 14%. The third place goes to professionals with post-graduate or master degrees (7%), the same percentage as people required with basic vocational training. Adecco emphasizes that “these data demonstrate the importance of training to qualify for jobs abroad“.

A breakdown of these latest figures reveals that, within the university profiles required, the most highly demanded degrees in other countries are computer engineering, industrial engineering, health care, mechanical engineering and medicine. Regarding basic Vocational Studies, the qualifications that offer the best chance of working abroad are hotels and tourism, electricity and electronics, mechanical manufacturing, installations and maintenance and IT and communications. On the other hand, senior experts in electricity and electronics, IT and communications, mechanical manufacturing, transport and maintenance, installations and maintenance are also in high demand.