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Thinking of taking the move I have thought about it for a few years now, I have about 8k, I was thinking to take a little trip for a month or 2 first to see what it’s like trying to find work and stuff, does anyone have any good tips on what area would be best, property, jobs?? I’m only young this is juts a spontaneous move even if things don’t work out I don’t mind I just think it would be much better quality of living rather than the uk...

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I afraid you are perhaps leaving this all a bit too late. If you wish to live and work in spain and are a uk citizen then you have to have have official residency , at least , being processed before 31st of December. Not sure what you think you are going to do for work. Unless you speak Spanish you are pretty much limited to cash in hand work in places like the Costas which wont allow you to register for residency even if you found such work

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That’s exactly where I am thinking on the costas, how easy is it to find the cash in hand work

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Spain was already in trouble before the pandemic with high unemployment especially among the young. Covid-19 has magnified the problem manifold. Many businesses have ceased training and those that have reopened aren't recruiting - they are looking to reduce overhead. So chances of finding a cash-in-hand job (which is illegal) are close to zero, especially if you don't speak Spanish to a good standard.
Also with Brexit, unless you can find a legit job with contract and social security/healthcare payment, you won't be able to register as resident before the end of the year and become a third country (non-EU) national with no right to live and work without a visa. And such work/long-stay visa will be very difficult to secure as you need sponsorship and employer has to demonstrate you have skills which no other Spanish, EU and resident workers have.
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That’s exactly where I am thinking on the costas, how easy is it to find the cash in hand work
Working cash in hand isn't legal.


While you might find some short term low paid bar work or similar - you'd have no healthcare or employment protection. You also risk high fines if caught

Of course bars etc will now need fewer staff than pre-covid19, because tables etc have to be further apart & premises have 50% to 75% of previous capacity.

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That’s exactly where I am thinking on the costas, how easy is it to find the cash in hand work
Hi Lukeee333,

Here in Benidorm it used to be quite easy to obtain a cash in hand job like bar work or a bit of manual labour but that all changed some time ago and now employers like to see that you are legal with an NIE number and sometimes personal insurance.

With the Covid situation just easing a little the bars and restaurants are beginning to open but at reduced trade and reduced employees. The bar owners are doing most of the work and making staff redundant. Benidorm and surrounding Costa towns have a very high unemployment rate.

You are still young and I'd like to suggest you spend the next few years learning Spanish and hone any skills you have and then certainly try again in the near future when we all know what is required for 3rd country nationals to become legal here in Spain.

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Have to endorse all the above advice. It was hard enough 15 years ago and know many in your situation had to return to UK Since Covid, now and for the foreseeable future it is impossible to contemplate.

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As has been said cash in hand is not illegal per se provided the company register it and you declare. However, any job just giving you money with no contract is illegal. That said, any job paying you like this is going to be treating so badly it isnt going to be work ..more like slavery. I am afraid that Brexit has put and end to many persons dreams and worse denied many young Brits a wide range of opportunities. If you wish to live and work in spain you will now need to be very well skilled and educated to move you to the top of a list that will obviously always be favouring EU members
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As has been said cash in hand is not illegal per se provided the company register it and you declare. However, any job just giving you money with no contract is illegal. That said, any job paying you like this is going to be treating so badly it isnt going to be work ..more like slavery. I am afraid that Brexit has put and end to many persons dreams and worse denied many young Brits a wide range of opportunities. If you wish to live and work in spain you will now need to be very well skilled and educated to move you to the top of a list that will obviously always be favouring EU members
And the company meets minimum wage and other industrial obligations.

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This is a link to the latest employment figures in Andalucia. The red lines refer to the areas where unemployment is highest, 37+% - 32+%. The green lines refer to where unemployment is the lowest, 16+% to 21+%.
https://datosmacro.expansion.com/par...pios/andalucia
I think these figures speak for themselves.

For under 25's the % are in the 40's

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