What Do You Need to Know about Moving to Spain?
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Think you know everything there is to know about moving to Spain? Think again, mi amigo. Moving to Spain is more than deciding which bikini to pack and learning how to order a beer in Spanish. While it is most definitely a paradise of sorts if you enjoy a bit of sangria and siestas, what’s it really like living there and what do you need to know about moving to Spain?
Moving to Spain and Getting a job
First things first, let’s talk about getting a job. The main hiring seasons in Spain are September/October and January so there are always going to be loads of jobs up for grabs in the months leading up to then. On the other hand, if you are looking to work in a language school, they hire all year round so you can find a job anytime.
No need to bother trying to find a job online. It’s most common to find a job while in Spain. In other words, you don’t necessarily need to apply for a job before you arrive in the country. Instead, be prepared to pound the pavements and interview in person when you arrive. Of course, this does depend on your passport and visa situation – some nationalities may require a job before they qualify for a working visa.
In terms of where to look, Madrid, Barcelona and Bilbao are the cities with the biggest market for TEFL teachers.
Something that will most definitely affect you if you are living in Spain and which might not be something you think about is working hours. In Spain it is customary to take a long lunch, presumably so you can fit in a siesta afterwards. At this time, shops will close. Because you are missing a couple working hours during the day, you make up these hours at the end of the day, which means you usually work til the evening.
As a consequence of working late and coming home late, dinner is usually only eaten at around 10pm. If you’re used to eating at 6pm, this is a big change. You’ll either find yourself going hungry or eating two dinners until you get used to it!
Cost of living
The cost of living in Spain is low compared to the rest of Europe, so don’t let your first paycheque break your heart. It’ll go a lot further than you think it will. Having said that, there are obviously differences depending on where you live. Barcelona, Madrid and San Sebastian are the more expensive cities while in Granada, Almeria and Seville you’ll get more bang for your buck.
When dealing with any kind of red tape in Spain, take an extra copy of your paperwork and something to read. Whatever papers you need, make sure you have more than you think you need, because you never know when they are going to ask for more than one. Be prepared to wait, and wait, and wait, so take some reading material to keep you occupied.
While we’re on the topic of paperwork, you’ll need to get a NIE number if you’re working in Spain. An NIE, or Numero de Identidad de Extranjero, is a tax identification number given to you by the National Police of Spain.
You will be forgiven for thinking that it’s sunny in Spain everyday – the Costa del Sol sees 320 days of sunshine every year – but it gets pretty chilly and wet in the north in winter, and you can even snow in central Spain. So while you should definitely pack those bikinis, you might need to think about taking a jacket or two as well.
Public transport is a breeze in Spain. In the cities, the metro is cheap and easy, and buses are reliable and affordable. To travel between towns, trains and buses are good as well. Getting around Spain should be the last thing you worry about.
For your first three months you’ll have free access to the Spanish healthcare system. After that you’ll have access provided you contribute to the Spanish social security system, which is compulsory if you are working. When you have a job you are required to register for social security and then apply for a health care card which will give you access to the medical care you need.
It might be your birthday but don’t expect your friends to take you out to celebrate. It is customary for the birthday girl or boy to take treats to work for everyone else, and if you plan a birthday dinner, it’ll probably be at your own expense. Feliz cumpleaños!
Don’t bother trying to get anything done in August. Nothing happens in August, besides being on holiday. If you have to renew your passport, go to the dentist, get your geyser fixed, postpone your plans until September everybody has come back from the beach.
Whichever way you look at it, moving to Spain is a good idea. Though it may not be as utopian as we might like to think, there are definitely more pros than cons and with this guide you’re now more than prepared to make the most of your time there.
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- You have objected to the processing (see below), and we need to decide whether the legitimate grounds we have to process the information override your legitimate interests.
Processing you think is unlawful
- If you tell us that you think we are processing your personal information unlawfully, but you do not want the information to be erased, you have the right to require us to restrict the processing of that information.
- We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the processing is unlawful, and may also ask that you provide evidence to support this view.
Processing of personal information you think is inaccurate
- You can tell us if you think the personal information we are processing about you is factually inaccurate. You can require us to restrict how we use your personal information until we can verify the accuracy of the information. We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the information is inaccurate, and may also ask that you provide some supporting evidence of the alleged inaccuracy.
- If we find that the personal information we are processing about you is inaccurate, we will take appropriate steps to correct the information.
Personal information is no longer needed by ELEARNING FUTURES LTD but needed by you in connection with a legal claim
- In most circumstances, we will securely delete or dispose of personal information when we no longer need it for our legitimate business purposes. Our approach to retention is outlined in our corporate retention schedules.
- However, if the personal information we no longer need would assist you in establishing, exercising or defending a legal claim, you can require us to keep the information for as long as necessary. We may ask you to provide an explanation and any available supporting evidence that a legal claim is ongoing or contemplated.
Right to erasure of personal data (“the right to be forgotten”)
In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.
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