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Employment in Barcelona

In a year where many expats are facing more challenges than ever before and are concerned about the economic future of their new homes, this has not deterred them from beating the odds and finding their dream job abroad. Barcelona is a hot choice when it comes to the job market, with expats from around the world finding positions here among local and international companies. Given this, Barcelona Expat Life would like to introduce to you it's annual Employment in Barcelona Survey.  


Our research will be conducted with the intention of collecting data regarding the experiences of expats based in Barcelona in their job seeking process and how they find working in Barcelona. 


If you’re an expat in search of a new career, or you’ve already found your dream job in Barcelona but would love to share your experience with us, please take a few minutes to complete our latest survey! It will take you around 5-7 minutes to fill out and all of the responses that we receive and publish will be 100% anonymous.


The results will be published in the form of a summarised report, which we will share with important stakeholders within the expat community in Barcelona.


We would like to thank you for your participation in our latest survey and we look forward to sharing the results with you!

For any questions:

What is your gender? 

What is your nationality?

What is your age range? 

What is your educational background? 

How long have you been living in Barcelona?

Are you currently working in Barcelona or have been employed in Barcelona during the last 3 years? 

What sector do you work in/are you applying for? 

How do/did you search for jobs in Barcelona?

Do/Did you find job hunting in Barcelona hard?

Compared with your home country; are you experiencing any cultural differences when it comes to job hunting and working in Barcelona?

Do you have a clear overview of the job market in Barcelona?

Would you prefer to work for a multinational corporation or a start-up company? 

How important is it for a company to provide you with a relocation package when moving to another country?

When moving to Barcelona, did you find the required paperwork hard to complete e.g. NIE? 

Is the statement below applicable to you?
"Working in Barcelona is inferior to living in Barcelona. I have reduced my expectations and ambitions related to working in my own field."

Is the statement below applicable to you?
"The career opportunities in Barcelona will boost my CV (besides international work experience)"

If you cannot find work in your area of expertise, would you consider working in another industry to gain new skills and build up your CV?

What are the advantages of working as an expat in Barcelona?

What are the disadvantages of working as an expat in Barcelona?

How important is it for you to receive additional employee benefits (e.g. health insurance, languages classes, extra holidays, gym membership, lunch vouchers)?

How important is it to you that an employer offers corporate charity days? 

Would you like to work for a company that organizes after work activities such as social events? 

Is the statement below applicable to you?
"A good vibe at the workplace, nice colleagues to work with and social activities after work are more important for me since I became an expat."

How important is it for you to have the opportunity to progress in your job?   

Is a company bonus scheme important to you when searching for a job?

How important is it for you to have freedom in the workplace (e.g. flexible working hours, planning your own breaks, exercising creativity)?

Would you prefer to have a job with a regular shift pattern (working the same hours per day, Mon-Fri) or a rotating shift pattern (working varied hours per day, Mon-Sun)? 

Would you prefer to have an office-based job or to work from home? 

Would you prefer to have a job based in Barcelona city centre rather than the neighboring areas? 

Do you require a job where you can speak your native language? 

What kind of relationship do you expect to have with your colleagues?

How many employers have you had since living in Barcelona?

How long have you worked at your present company?

What kind of contract do you have?

Are you satisfied with the compensation and benefits that your current job offers?

Do you feel like your job provides you with a sense of meaning and purpose? 

Does your job challenge you? 

Do you feel like you can progress your career within your company? 

Overall, how satisfied are you with your current job?

Do you intend on changing your current employer within the next coming year?

Is the statement below applicable to you?
"I do/did expect to switch jobs in my first year after my relocation to Barcelona."

What would an employer have to offer for you to change jobs? 

What do you consider to be other attractive European cities to work in (besides Barcelona)?

How likely are you to recommend working in Barcelona to others?