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How to Hire Foreign Employees in Spain



How to Hire Foreign Employees in Spain

Companies in Spain hire foreign employees for a broad range of reasons. Sometimes they’re forced to tap into the international labor markets because they cannot find someone qualified for the position locally. Other times, they’re just searching for the best talent in their field. It could also be an issue of language proficiency or a desire to create a diverse working environment. Whatever the reason, factors like distance, time zone differences, culture, and regulations make the hiring process difficult. Fortunately, this article will share some tips and tricks for simplifying the process of hiring foreign employees in Spain.

1.      Create A Comprehensive Job Description

People who are planning to move for work would like to know what to expect in advance. A detailed and easy-to-follow list of responsibilities will offer them a clear picture of their future position and what your company is all about. A comprehensive job description will make you seem like a serious employer. The description should be in the main language you want them to use for work-related tasks. That way, job seekers who don’t understand that language will automatically disqualify themselves, which will save you from the hassles of having to sift through hundreds or thousands of applications to find qualified candidates.

2.      Know the Requirements for Hiring a Foreigner

To hire a foreign employee in Spain, you must make sure the potential candidate is legally capable of working in the country. Here are a few steps you should take to ensure a compliant hiring process:

●      Get the position you’re intending to fill listed on the Spanish National Occupation Shortlist and obtain a certificate from the Regional Public Employment Service.

●      Confirm whether your registration with Social Security is active and you’ve met all the payment obligations.

●      Demonstrate to the authorities that you’re capable of offering uninterrupted employment to the potential candidate in the course of their stay in Spain.

●      Ensure you have a signed genuine employment contract.

●      Ensure the employee has the necessary skills and qualifications for the position.

●      Ensure the foreign employee doesn’t have any criminal record.



3.      Understand and Follow the Application Process

The process of obtaining approval to hire foreign employees in Spain involves submitting your request to the local authority. Some of the things you must accompany with your application include proof of financial capacity to offer continuous employment, a signed copy of a valid employment contract, a copy of the worker’s passport, and a copy of the worker’s credentials. If the application is successful, a one-year work permit will be issued.

4.      Establish whether the Potential Employee  Qualifies for a Visa

Find out whether your future employee qualifies for a visa. You also need to establish the ideal visa for the position you’re looking to fill. Consult a competent immigration lawyer in Spain to ensure you get everything right. Some of the documents that your future employee needs to have when applying for a visa to enter into the Spanish territory include a copy of a valid employment contract, current passport, health certificate, and criminal record certificate from the home country.

5.      References and Previous Work

Request each candidate to provide references related to the work experience included on the resume. Emphasize more on references from managers and employers, instead of the coworkers. The simple reason is that managers and employers are more likely to reveal any undesirable details of the work and conduct of your potential hire than coworkers. Check the previous work of applicants who impress you with their resumes. That way, you’ll tell whether their work is exactly what you’re looking for and whether their style fits into your business.

6.      Seek PEO Services

A PEO is an organization that offers a wide array of human resources and payroll solutions to companies of all types and sizes. Through a co-employment model, a PEO handles tax issues, offers employee benefits packages, manages payroll, and assesses health insurance benefits. In addition to that, a PEO can hire the best foreign employees for your business and provide International Payroll services allowing you to focus on other crucial aspects of managing your business.




If you familiarize yourself with all the relevant employment regulations and think outside the box, you can streamline the process of hiring skilled foreign employees in Spain. The above six tips would help you start your journey of hiring foreign staff in Spain on the right foot.



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