Spain’s Hottest Jobs 2014

Spain’s unemployment rate may be at a record high but it’s not all doom and gloom in the jobs market according to Adecco, a human resource consulting company, who have identified 15 in-demand positions for 2014.
Spain's hottest jobs 2014

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The economic crisis in Spain has changed the face of the employment market but the Swiss multinational PR giant Adecco believes that some positions will be vacant this year, according to its new report on ‘where to find work’.

Spanish daily Te Interesa reported that the fifteen best bets to beat the dole queue are as follows:

Airport ground staff

Air travel is a key component in the tourism on which the Spanish economy depends and airport staff who handle luggage, check ins, boarding and incidents are vital cogs in the money-making machine. There’s no specific qualification required but ground staff need good communication and customer service skills, a can-do attitude, and the ability to speak English.

Quality control or R&D lab technician in the food industry

The food sector employs 20 per cent of Spain’s industrial workers and is vital for the country’s exports. Adecco believes that lab technicians will be in high demand this year to ensure that strict hygiene and quality standards are met. The position requires a degree in the relevant subject or specific vocational training.

SEO-SEM consultant

Search Engine Optimization and Search Engine Marketing experts are in demand as Spanish business models become increasingly internet-centric. Experience in the field is vital and consultants should have a degree or professional training in a related subject such as IT or Marketing.

Motor industry specialist production worker

Production line workers with specialist skills who can keep up with the pace of modern manufacturing are still needed by the auto industry. They have to be able to perform demanding but repetitive tasks under pressure and have the relevant professional training.

Account manager in banking and insurance

University graduates and MBAs with professional financial training will find work, according to Adecco. Account managers in these sectors need good customer skills, a results-oriented mentality and a proactive attitude.

Industrial engineer on international projects

Civil, Electrical, Mechanical or Process Engineer graduates who speak good English and have 8-10 years experience could find themselves earning up to €100,000 ($138,000) per year for taking responsibility for tenders on overseas projects.

Multilingual call centre worker

Telesales operatives and customer service workers who can deal with clients in other countries will be recruited by the insurance sector, say Adecco, as Spanish companies focus on international markets. Language skills are essential, as is the ability to hit targets while working in stressful conditions.

Multilingual shop assistant

No formal qualifications are needed but persuasive people with good communication skills and fluency in other languages — especially English, Mandarin and Russian — could find work this year in retail outlets.

Industrial maintenance technician

Qualified maintenance techs with knowledge of SAP and English are being headhunted this year by industrial companies, according to the report.

Kitchen staff in fine dining restaurants

Restaurants and hotels are vital for tourism and the top-end of the creative cuisine market is currently benefitting from Spain’s stellar reputation for fine food.  Professionally trained cooks with experience in multi-starred hotels and restaurants plus the creativity and stress tolerance to work in high-pressure kitchens will carve a role for themselves in 2014.

Senior Java architect

IT is one of the sectors to have best braved the storms of the economic crisis and experts in Java and similar technologies are still needed. Those who are suitably qualified and experienced can expect an average annual  wage of €40,000.

Warehouse worker

Crisis or no crisis, industry depends on logistics. No qualifications are needed to load goods, confirm the contents of shipments and move them around but hardworking and numerate staff with experience in logistics will be on the recruitment lists of the future, according to Adecco.

Healthcare sector technician

Taking care of the needs of the sick, elderly or those with special needs requires specialist qualifications and a high degree of empathy.  Those who fit the bill can expect to earn between €12,000 and €18,000 per year.

Executive assistant

Working as the right-hand-man or woman of a CEO or company director in a multinational environment can bring a wage of up to €40,000 per year. An extremely high level of English is essential as is a university degree in Business Administration.

– The Local