Working in Spain: what digital talent do Spanish employers need?

Article by Marc Vervoort

During the crisis, Spain had to deal with soaring unemployment. Since then, the unemployment rate has dropped from 25 percent at its peak to about 15 percent today. This is still high compared to other countries, but don’t let the numbers fool you. Despite the high unemployment, Spain actually has a massive shortage of digital talent.

A mismatch between education and demand

In Spain, an impressive 35 percent of the working population has a college degree. This is more than in most countries. Unfortunately, too little of these qualifications are in areas where people are needed, like software development, big data, and artificial intelligence. Currently, merely 1 percent of Spanish university degrees is related to IT.

The general knowledge of technology and mathematics is also low. According to the OECD, 23 percent of Spanish adults lack basic knowledge about communication and IT technologies, compared to an average of 15 percent in the OECD.

Where is a digital talent most needed?

With the digital revolution in full swing and the education system not delivering, Spain needs a lot of digital talent to fill the gap. Right now there at least 10.000 digital job openings, and growing. The digital positions where your expertise is most urgently needed are:

  • Data scientist
  • Data analyst
  • Developer for Big Data solutions
  • Cybersecurity specialist
  • Back-End and Front-End developers
  • Mobile developer
  • UX specialist
  • Software developer

Also, for almost any type of position related to Robotics and Artificial Intelligence, there is a big demand.

Shortage of digital talent in Spain will increase

Digital technology is continuing to disrupt and change the way we work and live. New sorts of digital positions will become available which don’t even exist today. In the meantime, it doesn’t seem there will be any significant changes in the short-term in the Spanish educational system.


With the Spanish economy expanding at a healthy rate and more international companies choosing Spain as their European home, the shortage of talent will, therefore, persist and increase. This offers opportunities for digital talent from abroad.

English speaking digital talent to fill the shortage

Companies in Spain are looking outside and trying to entice international digital talent to fill positions. They offer excellent benefits, and you don’t need Spanish to start working. To help companies and international talent find each other, we offer the best English speaking digital jobs.

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