Finding work in Lanzarote is difficult, although there are limited vacancies or opportunities at various times. The attraction of coming to Lanzarote to live and work is often the dream of some people, especially after holidaying here. However, you need to think very carefully about moving to the island especially if you have a family and little savings. Many people have tried to make a living here, but have not been able to make ends meet or have had to return to their country of origin for various other reasons. Doing a job in the UK or Ireland, and having qualifications or professional qualifications, does not mean that you will find an equivalent type of job on the island.
Work in Lanzarote is not usually advertised like in the UK. In most cases you have to be in the right place at the right time! That basically means that you have to be living here to hear of a job through ‘word of mouth’ or see an advertisement in a window. You do, therefore, need to be here and living in accomodation that may cost you from 400€ a month upwards, plus utility bills. The general advice is that you will need at least 6 months savings in your bank account so that you don’t spend everything before you find a job.
Anyone from the EU can try to find work in Lanzarote without the need for a Visa. To be a legal worker you will need to apply for a NIE Number, for tax identification purposes.
Work in Lanzarote: Most Common Jobs
Work in Lanzarote is usually related to the tourism industry, with work in restaurants, bars and villa/apartment cleaning being the most common for English only speakers. Speaking Spanish, and possibly another language such as German, Italian or French, will increase your job prospects. So many English speakers will find work as bar staff, doorstaff, waiting on staff, cooks, chefs, kitchen staff,or as promotional reps who try to entice people into particular bars and restaurants.
Other work may be found with tour operators or in hotels, with watersport businesses,
Disadvantages and Advantages of Working in Lanzarote
As anywhere, all employees should be employed on a contract, but this may not happen in practice. Low wages without a contract are common, with people being paid about 6€ an hour, cash in hand, for as many hours as they are required. Living costs are cheaper than the UK so if you can survive on low wages and enjoy what you are doing, then you will survive on the island.
Best Places to Find Work
The best places to find work will be in the tourist resorts of Puerto del Carmen, Costa Teguise and Playa Blanca where there are bars and clubs which are run by British and Irish people.
Although most jobs are in restaurants and bars, there may be work if you have skills that can be used here, such as building, construction, tiling, painting, etc. There is also demand for people to clean private apartments. Teaching English will provide work opportunities as many Spanish parents want their children to learn a second language, or Spanish adults want to improve their English. For anyone who has to work in Lanzarote, then you will probably find that they have more than one job in order to have a decent standard of living.
If you feel there is a need for your services or skills then you can set up a business, either a company (S.A) or as a self-employed person (autonomo). By doing this your business becomes legal, and you pay contributions into the Spanish social security system, which then means you are eligible for free health care. Advice on setting up a business should be obtained from an Assessoria (similar to an accountant in Spain). Monthly autonomo payments are usually above 240€ a month, and have to be paid irrespective of the amount of your earnings, and taxes also have to be paid.
Whether you want to live on Lanzarote for a short time or for a longer term comitment then you will have to think carefully before committing yourself. Work in Lanzarote is difficult to find, and may not pay as much as you are used to or be in the field of work that you want, but you may become one of the lucky ones that can live and work here.