Working in Zaragoza

Many expats head move to Zaragoza in order to become English language teachers. Jobs are available in private language schools, state schools (through the British Council) and private schools. If one can’t find permanent employment in Zaragoza teaching English, one can become self-employed (autonomo) and teach classes privately. For this, one has to get an accountant (gestor) and pay €250 a month in tax, no matter how much one manages to earn. 

A teacher can charge around €15 to €20 per hour for private classes, which is for one-to-one lessons or teaching small groups of children or adults (these are mainly taught in the evenings). Teaching experience and a record of preparing students for English language exams are factors that can help with getting a job, as is any kind of TEFL certificate or teaching qualification, but even without these, there is work to be found.

Workdays in Spain are normally divided into mornings (9 to 2pm) and evenings (5 to 8.30pm), but one may not have to work both mornings and evenings. Spaniards work long hours, but are less productive than nationals in other European countries; although, things are changing.

Setting up a business is a possibility, and premises can be rented fairly cheaply. That said, entrepreneurs should realise that times are hard, and businesses are struggling to survive in the current economic climate. 

Alternatively, it may be possible to find bar work, if one can speak Spanish, but even this is difficult now due to high unemployment levels, which are highest among immigrants. As an unconnected outsider, it will be harder to get this kind of work. If a person is from the European Union, they are entitled to work in Spain, but finding a job is another matter entirely.

If fluent in Spanish, there is work in translating from Spanish to English. A local agency can help set up this kind of work.