Thinking About Living in Tenerife?

I know from gaily waving family and friends off through the Departures desk at Tenerife Sur 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 holidaymakers spend the flight home plotting to tell the boss where to shove it on Monday before jumping on the next flight back to Tenerife for a permanent relocation.

Just imagine waking up in Tenerife every day…

Imagine waking up (nearly) every day to glorious sunshine and blue, blue skies.  Take a stroll along the seafront, hob-nobbing with friendly 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. Sigh.

Whoa, there Nelly! It is not that simple.

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.

Unless you are a fluent Spanish speaker and have a few professional skills under your belt, you are going to be 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 for PR reps (hauling innocent passersby into bars and restaurants) but hours are long and if you are not young, gorgeous and cheeky as a monkey, this job is likely not for you.

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.

I don’t need a job. I am going to open a bar

Yes, because Tenerife really, really needs another bar. 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 – as well as a nice little pot of money to see you through the time it takes to get established.

As one friend puts it, a quick way to make one million is to come to Tenerife with two million and open a bar. If you have your heart set on it, come over here first and spend some time year working in the bar trade before you decide on the best location and concept.

I can’t wait but my wife’s not sure

Ideally, when it comes to moving to a new country,  everyone in the family is excited and ready to make the transition. For sure, there are hundreds of reasons why moving to Tenerife is an excellent idea. Here are just ten good reasons to move to Tenerife. But sometimes, not everyone is on the same page and that can make the move stressful and upsetting.

Sometimes, timing is the key. Bringing little kids over and getting them into Spanish state school young is good. Most will pick up the language easily and thrive amongst their new friends. But leave it till the kids are hormonal teens and wrenching them away from their friends may not be so simple.  Nothing will make your move to Tenerife more miserable than a sulky fourteen-year-old who wants nothing more than to get back to her besties in Birmingham.

For older couples eyeing retirement in the Tenerife sunshine, it’s possibly best not to move when the grandkids are tiny. If one of you is quietly longing to be back in UK with your children and grandchildren, you will never be really happy in Tenerife.

Should I buy or rent a place to live in Tenerife

Even if it is your long-term intention to buy a home in Tenerife you should first rent. After living here for a while your ideas on where on the island is the best location might change. You won’t know what an area feels like at different times of the day and evening unless you are there for yourself for an extended period of time. What might seem like a pleasant buzz of activity in March may be just too much traffic and noise in the middle of summer.  A town you first found charming and peaceful may have bugger all to do at the weekend and no public transport on a Sunday.

Once you are ready to buy, 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. Among other things that can mean you getting stuck with the previous owner’s unpaid bills.

 

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