Spain’s rapid industrialization and infrastructure boom in the 80’s and 90’s paved the way for Barcelona, Madrid and Bilbao to become industrial and commercial powerhouses, both regionally and internationally. The country as a whole has become a hub for business in Southern Europe and internationally between Europe and Latin America.
Still, many large Spanish businesses are just now in the process of internationalizing beyond the Spanish-speaking world, and the country’s workforce still lacks the necessary English language skills to compete. Spanish businesses are now actively recruiting young professionals from English-speaking countries in an effort to better compete on an international level.
So while the level of unemployment in Spain has remained high since the 2008 financial crisis, for native English speakers it’s a completely different game.