Accounting in Spain: is it worth relocating? By Max Williamson

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With soaring food costs, falling house prices, and a weak pound, its not hard to see why many in the UK are looking across the seas for a new start and a new career. According to the World Bank, Spain's economy is the eighth largest worldwide and the fifth largest in Europe. Its nightlife, festivals, architecture and food are famous throughout the world, and many regions offer around 300 days of sunshine a year. Yet is Spain a good choice for those tempted to up-sticks and relocate abroad as an accountant?

Spain has its obvious perks: world-class restaurants, shopping, museums, beaches, art galleries, and premier sporting facilities and, prior to Londons recent dominance as most desirable place to work, was the most sought after work location in Europe,. Many audit and accountancy candidate...

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By Anonymous
30th Sep 2008 15:36

Accounting jobs in Spain

I read with interest your article as some years ago I spent 2 years in Madrid working and looking for work as an accountant . In my experience it is true that a good standard of Spanish is required before you attempt to look for an accountancy job in Spain.

However, I would be interested to know a little bit more detail about the basis for the following comments made in your article as I feel I may have been missing out on something whilst I was there!

1. Where does the information that newly qualifieds are able to achieve a salary of EUR 45k and the average salaries are similar to the UK? I found average salaries of accountants to be nearer to EUR 25k pa - i.e. about half that of the UK. Also my enquiries led me to understand that the big four had hardly any non-Spanish citizens working with them.

2. Re work / life balance - in your experience what are the normal working hours for an accountant per day ? I found that the hours of work are often 9am to 8pm with over 2 hours for lunch. So, unless you and the rest of your family work close to home and share the same hours you can find that you actually see less of them than in the UK. Also, maternity leave is usually only 3 months (although the man can take it as well as the women).

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