Top 7 cities in Europe to find work right now
Got a touch of the old wanderlust? There’s no need to start buttering up your boss for a sabbatical, and forget planning a gap year for grown-ups, because there’s no time like now to move to Europe to live and work.
Top sectors to find work
As the technology sector continues its sharp trajectory, more and more European cities are putting themselves on the map as global hubs of innovation. Entrepreneurs also benefit from rich pickings if the Continent is calling, as governments keen to rebuild their economies introduce good incentives for foreign investors.
Right now is also a stellar time for the European hotel industry, too, so this year could be the ideal time to relocate for a job in hospitality. Despite widespread economic uncertainty, 22 million more international visitors travelled to Europe in 2014 than in 2013: that’s nearly 600 million international visitors and 2.7 billion nights clocked up in EU hotels, according to a recent report by PriceWaterhouseCoopers.
The ‘Silicon Docks’ district on the Emerald Isle is a hive of innovation; the likes Google, LinkedIn, Amazon, Twitter, and Facebook all have a Dublin office these days. In addition to these trailblazing household names in tech, numerous successful startups like Dropbox also have international headquarters in the Irish capital.
The best news of all for job seekers thinking about moving to Ireland, though, is that Dublin is currently experiencing a significant skills gap, and is crying out for English-language speakers with experience in these fields to move to Dublin.
Spain suffered bitterly in the Eurozone crisis with its major cities shouldering huge unemployment levels, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel and it appears that Barcelona is flourishing, despite - or even because of - the adversity it’s faced.
As the Poblenou district of the city becomes redeveloped into an IT and technology nerve centre, and the government offers incentives and subsidies to new businesses, Spanish and Catalan speakers will benefit from rich pickings in the banking, gaming, travel, and logistics sectors.
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Berlin ist arm, aber sexy! ‘Poor but sexy’ Berlin is a global destination for creativity, attracting trendy, innovative types from all over the world since its catchy slogan was coined. Low rents have certainly helped arty types afford relocation to Berlin, with a nice one-bedroom flat in the city centre costing a pocket-pleasing €450 a month, on average.
More recently, Berlin’s creative appeal has broadened, attracting the attention of venture capitalists and tech entrepreneurs. Angela Merkel has told Berlin that its startups (including music-sharing giant Soundcloud) are the "yeast that makes the industry grow." The city is expected to create over 100,000 new jobs by 2020 thanks to its resourceful, collaborative culture.
Up-and-coming Romania is becoming a far more energetic and prosperous place to live and work than the media headlines might suggest. One of Europe’s few ‘tiger economies,’ Romania is experiencing an unprecedented economic boom right now, and the standard of living is coming into line with the dictates of Western Europe.
With lower unemployment than the UK, economic growth at 4.1% and wages on a steady rise, there’s an energy about Bucharest in particular that has to be experienced to be believed. The liberal Romanian government is doing its bit too, by passing laws to encourage both investment and competition in new sectors such as energy and telecoms.
In the words of Audrey Hepburn, "Paris is always a good idea," and for those looking to work abroad in hospitality, you could do a lot worse. The French capital is forecast to achieve 1.8% ‘revenue per available room’ growth in 2015, making it the most prosperous city for hoteliers and – potentially – a prime destination for those looking to forge or develop a career in hospitality.
France has been crowned host nation for Euro 2016, too, with football matches due to be held across ten host cities including Paris, in June and July of next summer. It’s a safe bet that multilinguals with hospitality experience will have their pick of jobs when moving to Paris.
Mercer ranked the Austrian capital the best city in the world to live and work in its annual Quality of Living survey this year, based on 39 criteria weighted according to expatriates’ needs. 13 European cities made the top 20, but - tellingly - London wasn’t one of them.
Vienna is famed for its arts, infrastructure, and low crime rate, earning itself a high quality of living score and labelled the second best on the Economist’s top 10 liveable cities list in 2015.
While mastering German is always a good idea in terms of job prospects, most Viennese speak English with ease. Finding jobs in marketing, technology, and even at the United Nations is easier than one may think.
Generous tax conditions have helped encourage entrepreneurship in the Netherlands, which currently stands at 6% higher than the rest of Europe, with unemployment at just 3.5%.
Looking for employment with a blue chip? A whopping third of all work in Amsterdam is provided by foreign companies with an outpost in Holland, too, and few overseas candidates need fluent Dutch since English is widely spoken amongst professionals in the Netherlands.
Having said this, a basic command of the native tongue will always help a job application here.
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This post was written by Movin Hand
Digital jobs marketplace Movin Hand helps match mobile skilled workers with employers all over Europe, and then helps successful candidates through the relocation process through different API services. They’re a new startup based in London, focusing on the hospitality sector first.