Working in Seville

Expats can work for any of the international engineering, manufacturing, and telecommunication companies in or near Seville – but Spanish proficiency is essential. However, the employment market is currently dormant due to the recession, so expats will have to compete with locals for the best positions. 

The tourism trade is still booming though. Seville is always bustling with tourists, so bars, including Irish bars, restaurants, and guide companies take on expats.

The majority of expats in Seville work in the teaching trade. Private language academies are preferred  to the public school system because wages are higher and workload is more reasonable. To work for a decent organisation that provides training and support, teachers must have a TESOL or TEFL qualification. Expats should make sure they don’t get taken advantage of with low pay, no contracts, and awkward working hours. 

The average wage for full-time teachers in Seville is between €1,000 and €1,400 a month, depending on experience and responsibility. A working knowledge of Spanish is an advantage.

Wages are lower in Seville than in Madrid and Barcelona, but expats can benefit from a lower cost of living. The working day in Seville can take its toll. 

For teachers, hours are normally from 3pm until 10pm, with occasional morning business classes. Sevillianos work from 8am or 9am until 2pm, and then from 4.30pm to 8pm or 9pm.

The work ethic is normally quite relaxed, but recently organisations are asking more from their employees. If you’re a keen worker, and are prepared to look for an opportunity, you can work and live comfortably in Seville.

Barry Our Expat Expert

I've been living in Seville as an EFL Teacher and writer for five years. I'm currently writing a blog about life in Seville.