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Working in Tenerife

Updated: 03-05-2012 by

Things You Need to Know Before Working in Tenerife

If you want to find a job in Tenerife there are a few things you need to know and do before you can legally work on the island. Here are a few questions you might like to know the answers to about working in Tenerife.

What do I need in the way of paper work so that I can apply for a job on the island?

The first thing you have to apply for is an NIE. This is an identification number that's issued to foreigners. It's very similar to a National Insurance number in the UK. Without this you will not be able to work legally in Tenerife.

Is there anything else I need to apply for?

Yes – you'll also have to apply for a social security number and etiquettes, these are labels from the Spanish tax office that enable employers to pay your social security and income taxes. You can NOT get a social security number or etiquettes before you have an NIE number.

Am I entitled to health care once I start paying social security?

Yes – you'll be entitled to health care. A married couple with only one person working is entitled to health care, whether they have children or not.

Are unmarried couples entitled to the same benefits?

No – the partner who is working can claim health benefits after they have lived on the island for 12 months.

Do I need a work contract from my Canarian employer?

Yes – your employer has to offer you a work contract.

How long do these contracts last for?

Contracts usually last for 3 months after which time the can be renewed. A second contract with the same employer can be for a longer period of either 6 or 12 months. Without another contract if you continue to work for the same employer, you'll be working illegally on the island.

What is the average wage in Tenerife?

Average wages are around 1000 Euros a month and are normally paid directly into your Spanish bank account at the beginning of each month.