Expats in Spain share they have some of the worst, ‘lousy jobs’ – but the best lifestyle

British expats in Spain can enjoy great weather and culture. The south European country is popular with Britons looking to relocate.

Spain, however, has been found lacking when it comes to work.

A new study put Spain in the top 20 countries to relocate to.

Out of 59 countries, Spain ranked 16th, not a shabby result but slightly surprising considering how popular the country is with expats.

It did well in the quality of life rankings, with 85 percent of expats being happy with leisure options.

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Leisure is one of the biggest draws for Spain, with 46 percent of expats being “very happy” with the country’s offering.

Almost 60 percent of expats also love the climate and weather and 80 percent are happy with their socialising activities.

For leisure, Spain comes top in the world, with one expat saying he likes “the lifestyle, the way most Spaniards find time to socialise over a coffee, wine, or beer. I also like the climate”. 

Spain also does well when it comes to feeling at home.


Expats were found to follow local news, with 57 percent saying they stay up to date with Covid restrictions through local channels.

While Spain may look like one of the best places to live for expats, it fell short when it came to work.

Job satisfaction for expats in Spain was very low, with the country coming 51st out of 59 for jobs.

One expat said: “It is difficult to find a good job — there are a lot of lousy jobs with low salaries.”

Spain is an attractive option for retirees, and 23 percent of expats have already left their working life behind.

For expats in work, the prospect in Spain weren’t particularly good.

Job satisfaction and job security were two big problems for expats in Spain.

Only half of expats worked full time or part-time when moving to Spain, something British expats looking to relocate may want to be wary of.

The Expat Insider study from InterNations ranked Spain 16th out of 59 countries.

Coming top was Taiwan, followed by Mexico, Costa Rica, Malaysia and Portugal.

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