Living in Tenerife

I know from gaily waving family and friends off through the Departures desk at Reina Sofia that the thought of going home to the daily grind in the UK or any other cooler climate can be a bit of a bummer. After two weeks of fun in the sun, a lot of returning holiday makers spend the flight hoe pondering about living in Tenerife.

What is it like to live in Tenerife?

Imagine waking up (nearly) every day to glorious sunshine, rubbing shoulders with the locals as you enjoy some tasty tapas  and a glass of Northern red for lunch. Then it’s pottering about the pueblos and home for a leisurely sundowner on the patio, right?

Well… not exactly.

Unless you are a fluent Spanish speaker and have a few professional skills under your belt, you are up against stiff competition to find the best jobs. In the South of the island there are more opportunities for foreigners especially those with computer skills, tourism or estate agency experience.

There are always openings in bar work and timeshare and for PR reps (hauling innocent passersby into bars and restaurants) but as the economic crisis has shown, jobs dependent on the tourist trade are not the most secure in hard times and the pay is usually  rubbish.

Finding Work in Tenerife

If you are looking for work in Tenerife, you’ll find some situations vacant listings in local English newspapers and the jobs page of local radio station Oasis FM is updated daily. The jobs listed there will give you an idea of what’s available, skills required and sometimes wages paid. Bear in mind though that if you are viewing this from the UK, a thousand applicants who are already in Tenerife have probably already applied.

By far, the best way to find work in Tenerife is to be here. Draw up a cracking CV and get to work. Talk to everybody you meet. Good old WOM (word of mouth) will work to your advantage as chances are you will eventually hear the magic words …’I don’t need anybody right now, but I know someone who is looking for a new Financial Director.’

Yes, okay. Maybe not. But you get the idea.

Opening a bar or restaurant in Tenerife seems to be a popular dream for many. It is much harder slog than many imagine and in order to survive you need to have a good concept and a strong work ethic.

When it comes to moving to a new country, often not everyone in the family is on the same page with the idea. From the lovely climate to the relaxed way of life there are hundreds of reasons why you might want to move to Tenerife. Here are just ten good reasons to move to Tenerife.

Whether you are going to go for a long term rent or are looking to buy property in Tenerife, you should seek the help of a professional and experienced estate agent. Although it might be tempting to try to go it alone and thus cut the estate agent’s commission from the price of the house, dealing direct with an owner leaves you open to the vagaries of the Spanish property laws

Finally, here is what living in Tenerife meant for one ex-expat. Elmira Strange lived here for six months but her committment to a career and studying in the UK meant she stayed for only six months.

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