How to get a job in the Canary Islands?

How to get a job in the Canary Islands? A quick guide for everyone, foreigner and Spanish

Everyone who wants to get a job in the Canary Islands needs first to find a job in the Canary Islands. A good start can be a job website like InfoJobs in Las Palmas province, Oficina Empleo in Santa Cruz de Tenerife province, or Milanuncios in the Canary Islands.

You can look for recruitment agencies or employment agencies in the Canary Islands. And you can look for jobs also on Facebook groups in the Canary Islands or in Spain.

Once you find a job, you may need a work permit. You can do this from abroad or in Spain. Spanish citizens don’t need a work permit to get a job. Nationals of a European Union (EU) country also don’t need a work permit to work in the Canary Islands, or in Spain. In most cases, every other nationality needs to apply for a work permit. You can do this together with your new employer, or employment agency. Read more below on how to find a job in the Canary Islands and on how to get a work permit for Spain.

The Canary Islands include the provinces of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and of Las Palmas. Sometimes when you look for jobs in all Canary Islands you will have to look at jobs in both these provinces.

How to get a job in the Canary Islands?

The first step in getting a job in the Canary Islands is to find a job in the Canary Islands. Find out where to look for work in the Canary Islands in the sections below.
Once you have a job offer, you may need to apply for a work permit, or a work visa, together with your employer or on your own. You will not likely need any permit if you are a resident of Spain or a citizen of an EU country.

In most cases, you apply for a work permit with your new employer, a company, or an employment agency. They will get you a visa to enter the country if you are not in Spain already.

Once you have an employer who can sponsor you. You will need to handle together all the paperwork to get you a work permit or a work visa.

First, find a job, and after you’ll worry about a work permit if you need it.

How to find a job in the Canary Islands?

You can find a job in the Canary Islands by searching online for job opportunities in Canary Islands. You can find a job either with a company, or with a recruitment agency, or through an employment agency.

Most of the following websites or apps are in Spanish. If you need, use Google Translate, or any other translation service, to browse them.

Job websites in the Canary Islands

Many job websites can help you find work in the Canary Islands. Some focus on certain professions and industries. A good start is to search for a job on these popular job websites.

BaiduGoogleNaverSogouYandex, or any other search engine, can be a good start for a job search. You can search for a job that you want. That can be for example, “Construction worker in the Canary Islands” or “Babysitter in the Canary Islands”. Use the language that you feel most comfortable speaking. Don’t stop at the first pages and go deep with your search. You’ll get an immediate feeling of what’s around and of which job websites are best suited for your needs.

Google MapsBaidu MapsNaver Maps2GIS, or any other map app, can help you find employers near you or abroad. Look for the kind of organization that might have job opportunities for you. You can look for “Retail in the Canary Islands” or “Mall in the Canary Islands” for example.

Facebook groups can be also an option to start to see what’s around you. You can search for Facebook groups that talk about the Canary Islands or about jobs.

InfoJobs in Las Palmas province is one of the most popular job websites in the Canary Islands.

Indeed Spain in Santa Cruz de Tenerife province is another popular job website in the Canary Islands. The sister to the big US job search site Indeed.

Jooble the Canary Islands is another of the most popular job websites in the Canary Islands.

Infoempleo in Las Palmas province is another of the most popular job websites in the Canary Islands.

EURES (European Employment Services) is a job portal network by the European Commission. It wants to ease free movement within the European Economic Area.
If you’re from the EU or the EFTA (that is Norway, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, and Iceland). You can search for jobs in the Canary Islands on the EURES website. You can post CVs. Get advice on the legal and administrative issues involved in working in the Canary Islands. You can search for jobs in any other country in the EU or in the EFTA.

Oficina Empleo in Santa Cruz de Tenerife province is a Spanish job search portal. It has job listings in the Canary Islands.

Opcion Empleo in the Canary Islands is another job website in the Canary Islands.

Trabajos.com in the Canary Islands is another job website in the Canary Islands.

Busco Jobs in Las Palmas province is another job website in the Canary Islands.

Tecnoempleo in the Canary Islands is for IT, technology, and telecommunications jobs.

Public employment services

The Public State Employment Service ( Servicio Público de Empleo Estatal ) or SEPE has information on vacancies, training courses, and advice on job seeking.

Empleate is a government job portal. It is also a job bank with thousands of public and private job offers.

Sistema Nacional de Empleo is a government portal for local employment and job vacancies. The Autonomous Communities also have employment offices nationwide, look on the SEPE website for local addresses.

Jobs in the Canary Islands for graduates

Graduateland is a job website of job opportunities for graduates.

iAgora is a website for people looking for an internship.

Primer Empleo in Santa Cruz de Tenerife province is about finding first jobs, internships, scholarships, and work for students without experience.

Jobs in the Canary Islands for English speakers

You can search for jobs in the Canary Islands at the job websites of an English-speaking country. The Guardian Jobs is an example for the UK.

The Local in the Canary Islands is daily news in the Canary Islands written in English.

These websites support professionals moving abroad. Most of the jobs listed are for people with a degree, or with qualifying experience. You can also speak either English, Spanish, French, Arabic, Spanish or Chinese.

Michael Page is an international executive recruitment website. This site is targeted towards high-paid job seekers.

eFinancialCareers is a search engine for finance jobs on the web.

More useful websites to get a job in the Canary Islands

These are more websites that can be useful when you are looking for a job.

Milanuncios in the Canary Islands is a popular website of classifieds in the Canary Islands. They have a section about employment as well.

Tablon De Anuncios in Santa Cruz de Tenerife province is another popular website of classifieds in the Canary Islands. They have a section about employment as well.

noticiasTrabajo.es is a popular website with a lot of information about working in Spain. You can find new job opportunities for government jobs.

Expansion is about employment news and the job market in Spain.

Facebook groups and other social media to get a job in the Canary Islands

Facebook groups help you to connect with people about jobs in the Canary Islands. The following links are some Facebook groups I found, but you can look for more.

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Gran Canarias Digital Nomads

You can use your favorite social media to look for groups that talk about jobs or about the Canary Islands.

LinkedIn Spain is also a popular choice when networking for jobs.

Any social media or communication platform can help you to find a job in the Canary Islands. It can be for example Instagram or any WhatsApp group of people in the Canary Islands.

Recruitment agencies in the Canary Islands

A recruitment agency receives a description for a job from an employer who needs someone. Then the recruitment agency looks for a person to do that job.

Recruitment agencies look for skilled workers to suit the job role available. A skilled worker has some experience, and certifications, to work in a particular role. Examples can be a nurse, an accountant, a chef, a construction worker, or a truck driver.

Recruitment agencies specialize in particular sectors. Those can be care, computing, engineering, nursing, accounting, catering, construction, or other sectors. Sometimes an agency can contact you first if they struggle to find people.

You can look up a recruitment agency that can help you to find a job that matches your skills. You can type ‘recruitment agency near the Canary Islands’ on Google Maps or any other map website. There you can find a list of good agencies that you can contact. If you are not in the Canary Islands, you can search your area for local recruitment agencies. They can help you find a job in the Canary Islands.

Employment agencies, temp agencies, temporary job agencies, staffing agencies in the Canary Islands

Employment agencies hire people to do jobs. The agency employs you to work for another company. Employment agencies can be temp agencies (temporary job agencies), or staffing agencies. An employment agency registers someone who’s looking for work, a job seeker. The agency then contacts employers who have positions available for the new person.
These agencies can hire new workers for new jobs. Agencies contract those new jobs from other companies. An employment agency will assist any job seeker. Unskilled workers are more likely to find a job with an employment agency. An unskilled worker has no qualifications, or experience, in the job that they want. They have finished school recently, or they are changing industries or they are new to the region.
These agencies specialize in particular sectors. Those can be care, computing, engineering, nursing, accounting, catering, construction, or other sectors. Agencies offer full-time jobs, part-time jobs, temporary jobs, seasonal jobs, or freelance jobs.
If you, for example, type ‘employment agency near the Canary Islands’ on Google Maps, Baidu Maps, or any other map website. You can find a list of good agencies that you can contact. If you are not in the Canary Islands, you can search your area for local employment agencies. They can help you find a job in the Canary Islands.

Be aware that you should not pay an agency when they find a job for you. So be careful when an agency asks you for money. Registered agencies are on the Sistema Nacional de Empleo website.

Ask around you for jobs in the Canary Islands

Form connections, ask around, and find opportunities among your contacts. Speak with friends of friends of people who may have traveled or worked in the Canary Islands, or in Spain. You will see that some of your friends or family know someone who knows someone.

You can email local businesses and companies for jobs in the Canary Islands

You can search for companies and local businesses in the Canary Islands. An easy tool for doing that can be any map app or map website. Below is, for example, a Google Maps search for “industry near the Canary Islands”.

Walk around the Canary Islands for possible jobs

If you are in the Canary Islands, you can explore the area and see what job opportunities are around you. You can look for organizations and businesses around you and visit them. For example, below is a search on Google Maps for ‘market near the Canary Islands’. You can visit these places asking for job opportunities.

Search for employment schemes

You can apply for an employment scheme or an employment support program that can help you to find a job. Those programs can be local or national. They can be open only to Spanish residents but they can be open to foreigners as well. You need to look for a program that fits your profile. You can search for employment schemes at your local government or embassy. You can search for “the Canary Islands employment scheme” or “Spain employment program”.


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The above cover image shows somewhere in the Canary Islands, Spain. Photo by Daria Nepriakhina on Unsplash