Gibraltar’s local economy is largely based on tourism, shipping and the financial sector, with plenty of opportunities available to expats with skill and experience in these areas.
Gibraltar is an ideal assignment for many expats thanks to its convenient location and the fact that English is the language of business. EU and EEA citizens do not need a visa to live and work in Gibraltar. However, non-EEA citizens looking to take up employment will need work and residence permits to do so legally.
Job market in Gibraltar
Thanks to Gibraltar's favourable tax conditions, the country's financial services – particularly offshore banking – is a thriving industry.
Tourism is another major sector. With millions of tourists heading to Gibraltar each year, there's plenty of work to be found in this industry, especially in the busy summer months.
Gibraltar has also become a global leader in the online gaming industry, thanks once again to its favourable tax climate, as well as other aspects such as reliable internet connectivity and a well-developed regulatory system. Companies running online gambling are particularly prominent in Gibraltar.
Finding a job in Gibraltar
Word of mouth and personal recommendations are the best way to secure a job in Gibraltar, but those who haven't yet made the move should explore online job portals, expat forums and recruitment agencies.
The difficulty of obtaining a job depends very much on the industry. Those with specialised skills in one of Gibraltar's main industries stand a good chance of finding work.
As English is commonly spoken throughout Gibraltar, it's possible to get a job without knowledge of Spanish. However, Spanish skills can sometimes set applicants apart from those that don't speak the language.
Work culture in Gibraltar
Gibraltar's work culture is similar to the that of the UK in many ways. Politeness, punctuality and respect are important cornerstones of working life.
The standard work week is 40 hours, with 48 hours a week being the legal maximum. Employees are allowed 15 days of leave per year. After eight years of service, this increases to 25 days of leave per year.
►To get an idea of work culture, see Doing Business in Gibraltar
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