Discover the most in-demand jobs in Spain and update your skills

In recent years, the employment landscape has taken a 180º turn. Get ready with us for the new trends.

News and trends

The supply and demand of each country is closely related to its industry, its culture, its geographical location, its socio-political context and its sources of natural resources. Currently, all these factors have been influenced by globalization, which has encouraged professionals in all sectors to qualify, update and seek better opportunities.

In this post, we will talk about the labour panorama in Spain, which sectors are growing the most, the most in-demand jobs and where the supply is moving. Whether you are already working or actively looking for a job, keep reading this post with us, we will tell you everything.

Let’s put ourselves in context: What are the main changes that the Spanish labour market has undergone in recent years?

The Spanish labour market has experienced very significant changes in the demand for professionals, with a push towards digital and sustainable skills. At the same time, growth has been seen in key sectors such as technology, tourism, healthcare and renewable energy. Alignment with the labour needs and regulations of Europe has been another important aspect in the evolution of the Spanish labour market in the last decade.

Let’s see below which aspects of the labour panorama have innovated the most.

Demand for professionals

There has been an evolution in the demand for skills and professional profiles. There has been an increase in the need for specialized technology profiles, such as software developers, data analysis experts, cybersecurity specialists and IT professionals. Additionally, there has been a growing emphasis on skills related to sustainability, digital marketing, artificial intelligence and project management.

Growing sectors

Some sectors have experienced notable growth, such as technology, tourism, health, renewable energy and the agri-food industry. Digitalization has driven the development of startups and innovative companies, while tourism and health have been traditional sectors that have maintained a constant demand for professionals.

New needs in relation to Europe

Labour harmonization and the focus on job mobility have led to a greater focus on language skills, especially in English and other European languages. In addition, a trend has been observed towards adaptation to European labour regulations, such as the promotion of gender equality policies, data protection (in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation – GDPR), and the promotion of diversity in work environments.

Digitalization and teleworking

The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the adoption of remote work and digitalization in many sectors. This has led to greater work flexibility and the need for skills related to remote management, cybersecurity, handling digital tools and adapting to virtual work environments.

Learn about the 10 most in-demand jobs in Spain in the last year

Although we have already emerged from the pandemic, it has marked a before and after in the business sector; implementing new methodologies, business models and generating new needs. During the toughest times, we were forced to accelerate the digital transformation process in order to remain competitive, which is why, now more than ever, jobs related to the latest technologies top the list of the ten most in-demand jobs. But also, others such as a transporter or warehouse worker are also included in this list, as “collateral damage” from the rise of online sales.

Let’s discover the new job opportunities that the future holds for us!

  • E-commerce specialist: In 2020, online sales in Spain increased by 36%, which has led to increased demand for e-commerce specialists.
  • Data analyst and data scientist: The growing need to manage large volumes of data, known as big data, has put these professionals in high demand.
  • Delivery Vehicle Driver: This position has had 134,696 vacancies, an increase of 26%. This is largely due to the rise of e-commerce, which has increased the need for delivery people to deliver products purchased online.
  • Commercial delegate: there have been 127,247 vacancies for this position123. Sales representatives are essential for sales and business growth.
  • Warehouse worker: This position has had 111,629 vacancies, an increase of 18%123. Like delivery drivers, demand for warehouse workers has increased due to the growth of e-commerce.
  • Web analyst and digital marketing: literally, companies that do not have a presence on the internet do not exist. For this reason, there are more and more digital native companies or those that extrapolate their activity to the digital world. To do this, qualified professionals are needed who know how to execute this process from all points of view.
  • Cybersecurity specialist: the increase in digital threats and crimes has made these experts one of the most in-demand professional profiles in the current job market1. It is estimated that in 2024 Spanish companies will need around 83,000 professionals.
  • Cloud Architect: The migration towards cloud solutions has accelerated and with it, the demand for Cloud Business Architects has experienced considerable growth.
  • Expert in User Experience (UX): user experience is key to seducing your audience and transmitting the values ​​of your brand. If the user experience is good, they will complete the purchase; and if they are satisfied with the product or service, they will buy again, which generates more income for the company. In addition, the complexity of websites has increased, so it is key that the user experience works correctly.
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) Expert: AI adoption has more than doubled since 2017. Companies developing AI and data analytics solutions are hiring software engineers, young data scientists and analysts, and Machine Learning experts at an unprecedented rate8. The demand for technological profiles is increasing and it is increasingly difficult for companies to find candidates that adapt to their needs.

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