Zaragoza is known for its university, the University of Zaragoza is one of the oldest and most renowned institutions of higher learning, and many people are employed as lecturers and teachers at the university.
After many boom years, which peaked with the EXPO in 2008, Zaragoza, like most of Spain, has fallen on difficult times, with unemployment rates rising and jobs becoming scarce. This means that in sectors where expats compete with locals, jobs are difficult to come by, unless you bring particularly unique international skills that set you apart from the competition.
However, locals recognize the value of English language skills in improving their own job prospects and as a result, there is a huge demand for English teachers, with many expatriates choosing this line of work.
If you choose to go down the English teaching route, there are private language schools for adults and children, and also state schools, that need English teachers. To find a teaching position, it is a good idea to start by searching online, or to approach individual schools directly.
Expats wanting to teach English can also consider giving private lessons as a self-employed teacher, although it will take time to build up a list of clients.
For other sectors, there are local recruitment agencies and websites that can help with your search for a job. Keep in mind that high unemployment rates mean there is fierce competition for any jobs that are available.
Expats will be liable to pay income tax in Spain if they are considered to be a tax resident — meaning you live in Spain for more than 183 days in any tax year. This includes income from elsewhere in the world. The Spanish tax year follows the calendar year from 1 January to 31 December.
There is a national income rate and a community income rate that vary according to how much you earn. It is also separated into general income (renta general) and income from savings (renta del ahorro), and there are a range of allowances and deductions that can be made to reduce the amount of tax you pay.
If you choose to be self-employed while working in Zaragoza, for instance as a private English teacher, you will need an appointed accountant to set up and take care of your earnings, and you will be required to pay 250 EUR tax per month, regardless of your earnings.
More information can be obtained from the Spanish Tax Office, the Agencia Tributaria.
We have also summed up the key points of Spanish business etiquette, working conditions, and more in our article on Working in Spain.