Companies with difficulties in filling ICT vacancies in Europe, 2016


Source: Eurostat, OCDE.

High level



Spain has a great deal of highly skilled human capital with a competitive advantage, thanks to the quality of education.


Spanish universities produce professionals with skills and competences that are highly valued internationally. 


The University of Navarre ranks third in Europe after Oxford and Cambridge. The Autonomous Universities of Barcelona and Madrid are also among the top 20 in the EU, according to the Europe Teaching Ranking 2019. 

Geographical distribution of

Spanish Universities

Academic year 2017-2018



business schools


Four Spanish business schools (IESE Business School, Esade, IE Business School and ESIC Business & Marketing School) rank among the world’s top 20 business schools.

Source: (Bloomberg Report 2020).

Global MBA Rank 2019 | European Business School

Ranking 2020 School Name Country
1 Insead France / Singapur
2 London Business School United Kingdom
3 HEC France
4 IESE Business School Spain
5 University of Cambridge: Judge United Kingdom
6 University of Oxford: Saïd United Kingdom
7 Esade Business School Spain
8 IMD Switzerland
9 SDA Bocconi Italy
10 Warwick Business School United Kingdom
Source: Financial Times 2019

Furthermore, the MBAs from 3 Spanish business schools are among the top 15 worldwide according to the 2020 Global MBA Ranking.


job market


Spain’s regulatory framework is modern, flexible and transparent and is based on the standards and best practices of the OECD. 

Foreign companies based in Spain provide direct employment for 1.4 million workers, ranking fifth in Europe in terms of volume (Eurostat, Foreign Affiliates Statistics).

Salary costs are also more competitive than in other major European economies. 

Labor cost per hour worked, 2018 (€/hour)

Source: Destatis 2019 (Federal Statistical Office in Germany).

Productivity in Spain has been on an upward trend for the last ten years and continues to grow faster than in other European countries.

Labor market reform: more flexibility, productivity, employment and skills.

Unit Labor Cost | Index 1999=100


Real Productivity | Index 1999=100


This is a great time for Entrepreneurship in Spain. Supported by national and regional policies and incentives, this surge in new entrepreneurial initiatives promotes various forms of work-related alliances. 

Real labor productivity per employee

Index 2010=100

Source: Eurostat. April, 2019.


is open

to foreign talent


Spain is an open and inclusive society. More than 6 million foreigners live in the Spanish territory (13% of the population) and are well integrated into the society. Spain is particularly attractive to Spanish-speaking talent.


Spain is the preferred destination of university students in the Erasmus exchange program according to the European Commission: mainly for the language, the quality of its universities and its open and inclusive culture towards foreigners. 

Quality of Life

In Spain there are specific formulas designed to facilitate worker, investor and entrepreneur relocations.


Spain has excellent diplomatic relations with nations world-wide. The Spanish passport is the third most highly valued by the countries (165) to which it offers visa-free entry (Arton Capital Passport Index).