Working in Europe: most demanded countries, languages and sectors
What are the most demanded jobs in Europe? Which is the best country to work in for me? Which languages are required in my ideal location? Let us help you answer some of these crucial questions...
Perhaps you're looking for new opportunities, experiences, cultures or simply want to develop your your language skills. Then, let me give you some advice: move abroad! The possibility of working abroad is not only very attractive but it's also never been easier.
Globalisation has made it possible -and necessary- for foreigners to fill exciting positions all over Europe. Companies are constantly looking for multilingual workers so taking the risk is becoming less and less, well... risky.
So here is some essential info on where to go and what kind of profiles companies are searching for.
Which countries are hiring the most in Europe?
Let’s take a look to the countries where more people are needed. After all, the higher the number of opportunities, the better your chances are of getting a job.
We can divide them roughly into three areas of Europe:
Maybe your dream job is in a sunny climate, near the beach and enjoying the Mediterranean food and lifestyle. Well, then now is the time to look for a job! There is a very high number of vacancies in Spain, Portugal, Greece and Malta, right now. These are the countries with the biggest amount of offers available in Europe Language Jobs database. If you like the idea of a job in cities such as Barcelona, Athens or Lisbon, then look no further.
For those of you who would prefer to escape from the heat and the crowded Southern summer. Eastern Europe will bring you the peace, tranquillity and satisfaction you’re looking for. Countries such as Poland, Romania, Czech Republic or Bulgaria also have a large influx of vacancies. You can discover the awesomeness of the old Europe while developing yourself and enjoying some of the most relaxed cheapest cities in Europe.
Britain and Ireland
The classic choice when thinking about moving abroad – and still going strong! The United Kingdom and Ireland are always a good option: many European multilinguals are being recruited right now throughout the British Isles. Also, working in a country where English is the mother tongue may seem easier to get started, as well as a good way to perfect your English language skills.
But remember, just because you don't see your language in the image, it doesn't mean that there aren't jobs there!
Which languages are the most demanded?
Of course you need to be aware of which language/s are required in the positions you’re applying to. The more languages you speak, the wider range of opportunities you have to choose from – but there are always opportunities, no matter what language you speak.
English is mandatory for the majority of positions in most European cities, nowadays. And if you speak German, many companies are looking for you right now! German speakers are required in huge numbers all over Europe. French, Dutch and Spanish are also very demanded languages, followed by Italian and the Scandinavian languages (Swedish, Danish, Norwegian and Finnish). Those are the most but, as mentioned earlier, that's not to say that they are the only demanded languages.
What kinds of jobs are being offered?
Of course, being qualified and specialised is a gateway to many possibilities. There are prospects in every sector but some of them hold more weight than others. Jobs in Customer Service are the most demanded ones. Multilingual Agents, Account Managers, Workforce Planners or Operation Managers are some of the most sought after profiles. IT offers many vacancies for multilinguals around Europe as well. This includes Technical Support, Software Engineering and so on… but also one of the most desired jobs ever: Game Testing! You can be surprised at the amount of game testers with languages that are required.
Also, Sales & Marketing and Shared Services & Finance are categories with a similar quantity of positions offered. If you’re specialised in one of these fields, you stand a good chance of finding a job.
If your field hasn’t been mentioned, don’t be disheartened and give up, because there are jobs listed in a huge number of sectors.
You can check for yourself: find all the vacancies sorted by country, language or sector on the Europe Language Jobs website.
Registration is free and new companies are recruiting people like you for all around Europe every day.
Take a chance!
Apr 6, 2017 by Lee
It's surprising to see there are so many jobs in Spain. If you consider the unemployment rates, you tend to stay away from this country. Your article gave me motivation to find my dream job! Thank you!posted 1 year ago by Maria
Hi Maria! Yes it is quite surprising. Here is an article in El Mundo (in Spanish) that outlines the trend quite well. http://www.elmundo.es/economia/2017/02/28/58af2c3746163f712f8b45ae.htmlposted 1 year ago by anonymous
Great news. It makes my day :)posted 1 year ago by Irina
I hope that more job opportunities will be opened in France. I would to improve my language skills.posted 1 year ago by Pasquale
Can tell for sure, in Italia is impossible to find any job :(
Can't imagine situation worse, then here. Even Spain is better.
I agree with Marie when she shows astonishment about how many jobs does Spain offer. I am Spanish and I am looking for a job that cant find.
Hopefully by increasing my social network and trying to reach more people in this forums I can get where I want and be helpful to the company or organisation that wants to have me onboard.
I hope that more job opportunities will be opened in Italy. And I´m happy to see that in Spain are so many jobs.posted 1 year ago by Octavio
After an almost a year at Finland, which is my 8th country, I should say that every country has it's own pluses and minuses. Important part is adapt yourself to see/notice good parts. Contrary to Spain, winter months here are laterally in twilight. You should find your own way to make yourself happy...posted 1 year ago by Guray
Interesting, though it speaks volumes that none of the Scandinavian countries are mentioned in the "Which countries are hiring the most?" section. We simply fall under the generic "Others" category :/posted 1 year ago by Anders
Great news :)posted 1 year ago by Joana