Spain has one of the most dynamic markets in the European Union. According to ICEX Spain Export and Investment data, Spanish exports hit record high several years in a row growing close to 4% per year. This success is a reflection of the Spanish industry capacity and competitiveness.
Our country has several leading multinationals in their respective sectors: Acciona, Abertis, BBVA, Santander, Iberdrola, Indra, OHL, FCC, Ferrovial, Repsol, Amadeus, CIE Automotive, Gamesa, Telefónica and Zara. They are some of the most Spanish valuable firms, which have achieved a successful internationalization and have become one of the main pillars of the strength of Marca España in the world.
The good situation of the Spanish economy has placed Spain as one of the main destinations for foreign investment. According to the latest “Barometer of the business climate in Spain from the foreign investor’s perspective”, 95% of multinationals will increase their investment in our country and it will have a positive impact on the labor market.
In accordance with the latest Barometer of the Círculos, the high quality of our infrastructures and the workers' specialisation are some of the keys related to the growth potential of Spain. Our country ranks twelfth worldwide in the Global Competitiveness Index regarding to infrastructures and it has improved in terms of Labour Market efficiency since 2013.
Spain is a great focus of entrepreneurship. According to the Entrepreneurship Map, prepared by the Spain Startup-South Summit, almost half of the Spanish people who have created a start-up are serial or recurrent entrepreneurs. Nowadays, 2 out of 10 Spanish start-ups have a team composed by 5 to 10 people and about 90% of these companies seek to include new members actively and constantly.
Spanish companies are among of the most digitalised ones in the world. According to the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), produced annually by the EU, Spain ranks eleventh in the European ranking on digital transformation. Additionally, the Spanish industry is also focused on R&D+i I and it has an important role in sectors such as Big Data, Smart Cities, robotics, 3D printing, artificial intelligence and augmented reality.
Foreign workers who obtain a long-term residence permit can live and develop their professional career in Spain as equal as Spanish workers. Hence, they have the possibility to obtain a residence and work authorization in other European Union countries, a mobility that multiplies the opportunities for job growth.
The Spanish industry is one of the most aware of the environment and sustainability. Actually, the Dow Jones World Sustainability World Index Composite, a benchmark index about sustainability and social responsibility standards in industry and finance, has included 14 Spanish multinationals in the annual list, which are the most sustainable companies and those with the best social responsibility policies worldwide.
Working in Spain is an excelente opportunity to learn Spanish, the second most spoken language in the world and a growing language in culture, business and Internet
Spain hosts conferences, fairs and international professional meetings of first level which are a great opportunity to expand contacts, obtain work recognition and boost new projects. Some of the most important events are the Mobile World Congress, Fitur, World Football Summit and South Summit.