The profile of spaniards and portuguese who work aboard

The profile of spaniards and portuguese who work aboard

Both Spain and Portugal are two of the most affected countries by the European economic crisis. The number of jobs drastically dropped in these countries, and until today the high unemployment rate, with Spain 13.8% and Portugal 6.2% according to official August 2019 data provided by Eurostat, shines over them.

“Besides the unemployment rate, also employed people are looking for opportunities abroad, due to the unstable situation in those countries. 70% of the people who Temporales Jobs sends to work abroad are employed in Spain and Portugal.” – Manuel Diez, CEO of Temporales Jobs.

This is why many workers see the possibility of improving their current situation by settling in another country to work. For them, not only as a temporary situation but rather looking for long-term stability, working in Holland and Germany opens up opportunities for employment and professional development.

Characteristics of Spaniards and Portuguese who work abroad.

The strong character of Spaniards and Portuguese is well-known, and very much in their favour when they are within their borders, but can this strong character be an advantage when they work abroad?

In general, clichés about their work culture and lifestyle are not well perceived when it comes to the professional side, and this has been a stigma for many years now. However, those who work abroad side by side with Spanish and Portuguese people know a very different reality.

During the last 7 years, Temporales Jobs has sent more than 8.000 people to work in Holland and Germany and the experience is that most Spaniards and Portuguese who decide to leave their home countries in search of new opportunities differentiate themselves from others by putting all their effort in adapting themselves to the new country and workplace in order to be recognized by their Superiores and remain working in Holland or Germany.

Find some of the key findings from our Data-Based analysis (March/2019)

Our analysis also pointed out that Iberian workers can be very meticulous and highly compromise to their goals, even if this means devoting more time than asked for, they like things well done and will work to deliver an impeccable job.

Spain is in the queue of countries where recent graduates are not eligible for a job, according to their qualifications. In the case of Portugal, this figure is a little better; however, it is not close to the average of countries such as Germany or Holland. Therefore, many young or not so young, qualified people decide to expand their borders in search of job stability.

Regardless of whether or not the job comes close to a university degree, working abroad is a reality for many people, and they face this reality with energy and positivism.

How do Spanish and Portuguese adapt themselves to working and living abroad? There are three main characteristics that support in this task:

Positive thinking. Being creative in unfavourable situations, contributing new ideas and solutions brings out the entrepreneurial side and helps to face new challenges better.

Open mind. The open and extroverted character makes adaptation easier. Spanish and Portugues like to relate to those around them. Both on working and personal level, it is easy to adapt to new situations as they are quickly able to meet new people.

Responsibility and efficiency. In Germany and Holland, general working hours are less than in Spain and Portugal, and it is well known that the first is much more productive countries. However, the work capacity of the Spanish and Portuguese profiles, when well-directed and with clear and concise objectives, can become beneficial for companies. Spanish and Portuguese workers work well under pressure and assume responsibilities easily

It is essential for a company to incorporate workers with an international profile, that implies:

  • Accept and understand that there are other lifestyles.
  • Be open-minded, flexible and respectful.
  • Learn customs and values different from yours and incorporate them into your day today.
  • Know how to relate and communicate with other people.

These characteristics are found in the Spanish and Portuguese profiles that enter in the Dutch labour market through Temporales.

The process of going to work abroad is a challenge that not everyone dares to face, so whoever decides to take that leap has to develop specific skills to make the adaptation more bearable. Both Spaniards and Portuguese already carry a lot of these characteristics intrinsically, making the experience more enjoyable. In Temporales Jobs, we work daily to identify the people who take the soft and hard skills to face the experience of working in Holland and Germany.

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