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Summer jobs and working on Ibiza

We are going to give you a bit of hard-won advice and hopefully enough information so that you too can realise your dream of working on Ibiza.

What kind of jobs are available?

Summer work here can involve any number of activities. Although do bear in mind, that it is almost impossible to find first-time work on Ibiza without being on the island. This means you have to fly down here to look in person!

  • Waiting tables and working in bars is probably the most popular. Over 4 million tourists come each year, and the huge number of restaurants, bars, cafés and nightclubs ensure a very high turnover of staff in these industries. Unless you apply to a hotel chain or know of somebody with a bar or restaurant, it is very difficult to apply for this sort of job before the summer has started; however, the likes of Café Mambo's do have a careers page but apply early.
  • PR work for the bars, discos and clubs. Ibiza and parties go hand in hand. Public relations work for the clubs and bars is a very important means of advertising the coming nights out. Laws were passed in recent years restricting the number of people able to work for each establishment (bar/club) so there are fewer of these type of jobs available. Taks required for this job include attracting tourists into your nightclub, putting up posters, handing out flyers to those out and about as well as dropping them at hotels and cafe's etc. Your job is to be a social butterfly, in all. Keep your eyes locked on the workers' pages on Facebook, e.g. Ibiza Workers Official, on here you will see a number of PR jobs being advertised, especially at the start of the season. You will need stamina for this job ;-)
  • Selling tickets for parties. Much like a job as a PR, it's important to be social and talkative when it comes to selling tickets. Dotted around the island, mainly in San Antonio and Playa d'en Bossa, you will find ticket booths. If your job is to sell tickets for any of the nightclubs, you could be assigned to one of these booths, where it is your job to explain each party and try to sell tickets, on the other hand, you may be walking around the chosen area and bringing tourists to the booths. Like most jobs, look out for advertisements for open spaces on the workers page or keep your ears open, selling tickets for both the boat parties/nightclubs usually pays in commission or by the hour, depending on your boss.
  • Sports and the beach. There are many surf and sailing schools on the island, as well as diving centres, waterskiing and jet skiing ones. In order to work as an instructor, you will need the appropriate qualifications. Also, check out the likes of Ocean Mania and if you're into your wheels, Ibiza Karting has hired workers in the past.
  • Hotel (e.g. reception, entertainment, kid's club). One of the few jobs here which you can apply for before the summer starts, especially if you apply to one of the bigger hotel chains. Smaller hotels, apartments and clubs will take people on in the early summer months of May and June. Once again, the appropriate qualifications or experience are preferred (not forgetting any language skills, too).
  • Dancers and performers. Every nightclub needs dancers, the likes of Amnesia need dancers for popular parties such as Cocoon, as well as eccentric performers for the famed elrow. Smaller clubs such as Eden also need dancers.

When should I start looking?

Obviously, it depends on the type of work and the company involved.

  • Waiting tables and working in bars. Most bars and restaurants start hiring at the beginning of the summer (early May to early June). Our advice is to fly out to Ibiza at the end of April with a bit of money for the first few weeks and then go around all the bars and restaurants asking for work. Even if you do not find a job straight away, there is a very high turnover in this industry, so do not despair. Keep asking around. Like in most countries, if you look hard enough there are always jobs to be found. Good luck!
  • PR for the bars, discos and clubs. The party season starts at the beginning of June. Make sure you are here at this time of hiring. Go to each of the clubs and bars and ask them personally. You should be outgoing, young and (preferably) single ;-)
  • Sports and the beach. A bit trickier to find work in these areas. You should be out here at the end of April, beginning of May and be prepared to ask around. Many of the hotels and clubs have their own windsurf schools. In this case, you might like to apply to these directly before the season has started. Sometimes you will be involved in the hotel animation programme as well, which involves taking part in the shows and nighttime entertainment.
  • Hotel (e.g. reception, entertainment, kid's club). Our advice is to phone them up in March and April to ask if there are any vacant positions. Even if you are not lucky first time around, there is a high turnover of staff in the hotel industry, so you might like to fly down here in May and ask the hotels personally.
  • Dancers and performers. During May, a number of casting days will be advertised on the workers' pages. These castings may fall into June also, but it is important to get in early. Experience in dancing and performing is vital, as well as stamina and health. Keep your eyes and ears open for castings.

What qualifications will I need?

  • Languages. With so many tourists here on the island, it is possible to find work without speaking a word of Spanish! We would recommend, however, learning a bit of Spanish before you come.

    If you are determined to work here next summer, why not take a few Spanish lessons or join a course for a few weeks. A little bit of Spanish goes a very long way.
  • Personal qualities. Work here in summer is as hard as it is rewarding. A six day week is the norm, and many bar staff have to work seven evenings a week. Accommodation is often shared, and the comforts of home, such as television and air-conditioning, are rare.

    Remember, though, you will be working in Ibiza. The sun is shining and everyone is here to have fun, so the atmosphere is amazing. The beach is just around the corner, and you will probably have free tickets for most of the discos. The fringe benefits cannot be ignored!!
  • Skills and qualifications. As mentioned above, specialist jobs require specialist qualifications. Experience is also preferred for bar and restaurant work.

How much can I earn?

The average summer wage is between 800 Euros (net) and 1000 Euros (net) per month. This does not include tips or commission where appropriate. This may not seem like much, however...

  • Some employers will provide accommodation.
  • Free passes for the discos are easy to come by if you work here.
  • The quality of life here cannot be bettered in Europe. The PR jobs involve exploring beaches and chatting to people from across the world. There is a wonderful carefree atmosphere on the island, and almost everyone we know who has worked one season here comes back for a second, and a third....

Accommodation

Like anywhere, finding a place to live is first come first served. Posting on the workers' page for somewhere to live in April/May is near enough useless. At the beginning of the season a scramble will commence for a space on a roof: most places will already be taken so get looking early. By August, people often start to drop out so it is usually easier to find somewhere during that month.

  • Home comforts. Honestly, don't expect a pad unless you want to pay more than 500-700 a month. Most workers are understandably on a budget and near enough 90% of accommodation here in Ibiza for workers is shared; this is the beauty of life out here: you meet your closest friends in this joint room sharing experience. Save your pennies for a fan and choose your housemates carefully, some excellent apartments are on offer here if you look hard enough.
  • Workers' blocks. There's a selection of block apartments that are in each corner of San Antonio, such as Es Vedra, Apollo and Azul. These blocks are great if you're here for a party, its much like being in your first year of university, incredibly sociable but not great on the sleeping side, alot of laughs, little sleep! Like most apartments on offer for workers, your best bet to grab yourself a bed is to visit the Workers Accommodation office opposite the Ship in San Antonio or to keep your eyes peeled on their website. Another good accommodation source is the Ibizaworkers Accom website.
  • Costs shared accommodation. If you're sharing a room, you're looking at starting prices of 350-375 Euros. If you want your own room, you're looking at 450-500 Euros. Some workers blocks can go lower than 350, but this is mainly towards the end of the season. Every accommodation block will require a deposit which you should have returned at the end of the season, if you haven't smashed the place up or ditched mid season with no sign of goodbyes. Some employers such as Mambo's may provide accommodation.
  • Ads in newspapers. If you speak some Spanish, you can also try to find something in the two daily newspapers Diario de Ibiza or Periodico de Ibiza. There are rooms, apartments and even some houses advertised; if you are coming with a group of friends or already know workers on the island, this can be an option. Prices for apartments and houses have risen incredibly in the last few years, making them a considerably more expensive option. In addition, many landlords ask you to pay the whole summer upfront, including a deposit and often a fee for the rental agency. There are sometimes a few ads that don't involve agencies; these are usually marked particular.
  • Cost of taking an entire apartment or house. If you want to have an entire apartment or house and not share with others, you have to be prepared to pay much more. For example, in 2017, and to give you an idea, the price for a 3-bedroomed-apartment in Playa d'en Bossa was between €2000-2500 per month. This is only really affordable for workers if you have people sharing with you. Having a car means you could consider renting an apartment further away from the main tourist resorts, for example in the north of the island or somewhere like Cala Vadella, which are both usually cheaper.

Transport

  • Buses. Fortunately, there is a very extensive bus network with lots of extra services put on for the summer. During the day you can get buses to most places on the island, even some beaches. From midnight, the Discobus takes over connecting San Antonio, Ibiza Town and Playa d'en Bossa and also stopping at Amnesia and Privilege. This service runs all through the night.
  • Renting a car or scooter for the whole season also might be an option, if you find a good offer. It is better to do this before the start of the season in March or April.
  • To buy a car or scooter you have to be an officially registered resident of Ibiza with all the according paperwork - but if you are, this might be an option.

Further Reading

  • European Community online - The complete lowdown on working, living, travelling, citizen's rights, etc in Spain. This is an invaluable resource.
  • The aforementioned facebook group Ibiza Workers Official. There are many more websites and facebook groups, simply search for 'Working on Ibiza' in Google.
  • Job hunting section of our forums - sign up, ask questions and post a message looking for work.
  • Season Workers - a good general seasonal workers website. Some useful tips and information.