Gibraltar is like a magnet for people from all over the world. To some, it might seem a little bit of Britain in the Mediterranean sun, but Gibraltar is a vibrant, bustling city with a growing economy. And its warm, friendly community welcomes people from all over the globe. I’ve lived and worked in Gibraltar for many years, coming originally from the UK, and I am happy to count people from Spain, UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Poland, Russia, Morocco, Isreal, South Africa, New Zealand, Denmark, Australia, Hungary, Italy, Brazil, Sweden, France and far beyond, both as friends and work colleagues. There are a growing number of jobs in Gibraltar available for people with the right skills or who show the right talent and want to expand their skills. There is huge scope in Gibraltar to follow your career, or even start a new one.
Jobs in Gibraltar
So let’s start by thinking about the main types of jobs that are available in Gibraltar. I guess the sectors that come to mind first are financial services and the gaming industry. Both of these sectors have grown hugely over the past twenty years, with some of the world’s leading gaming companies and also financial services firms based on the Rock. This means that there is a huge variety of jobs available for people with good, professional and technical qualifications and who can quickly master English as the local language is officially English.
With modern technological advances, both the gaming sector and also financial services have undergone huge transformations and this means that there is a growing technology sector, with a need for people skilled in all aspects of technology and communications infrastructure as well as
legal and financial skills and experience. These businesses in Gibraltar need skilled staff, and there are numerous job opportunities in Gibraltar for the right people, from all over the world.
And, of course, not all jobs in Gibraltar are based on financial services and gaming. Gibraltar’s economy also relies on the shipping industry, which needs its own highly skilled professionals to work within it. The tourism industry continues to grow in Gibraltar – as I said at the start of this post,
Gibraltar is like a magnet, and not just for people looking for work. Holiday makers and tourists flock to the Rock, all year round and especially in the summer, taking tours around the Rock, filling up the hotels, enjoying the many events and festivals and activities that the Rock provides. This means
there are many job opportunities in Gibraltar for those who have some experience and are happy to work in the hotel, hospitality, catering and tourism industries. Because we get visitors from everywhere in the world, if you have some language skills, a pleasant personality and a good work
ethic, you are likely to be very much in demand!
Job vacancies in Gibraltar are usually advertised by recruitment agencies, many of which will keep their eyes on LinkedIn and other social media networks to search out the right people for their clients. If you are thinking about making a change, even moving country to following a career path, then it really is worth contacting the Gibraltar recruitment agencies online and seeing what job vacancies are available in your preferred field.
Gibraltar jobs for English speakers
The official language in Gibraltar is English, and you will improve your chances of recruitment if you can communicate reasonably well, both in spoken and written English; you will find many vacancies for English speakers in Gibraltar. Of prime importance, though, are the skills that you are offering, and here is a list of some of the most required locally:
- Legal skills – talented lawyers especially in company and commercial law are highly sought after, and if you happen to have some background in tax law, international wealth management, family office and fintech/distributed ledger technology, so much the better.
- Accountancy skills – talented, skilled accountants are also highly sought-after also with skills or knowledge in the digital industries, but also traditional skills in terms of auditing, international tax, investment management etc.
- Telecommunications and IT – software developers, technicians, website designers, social media managers and even blockchain and app developers are a few among the many tech jobs that are beginning to appear in Gibraltar’s job searches.
- Property and construction skills – and in talking about this sector, I include professionals such as structural engineers, quantity surveyors, architects, designers, project managers and, of course, with many construction projects underway and planned for the near future, Gibraltar needs skilled trades people from electricians to brick layers, JCB drivers to plasterers.
- Gaming – the gaming companies in Gibraltar employ large numbers of people from all over the world, and often one of the most important requirements is that they offer a specific language, so that they can take on the vital role of customer relations managers, communicating clearly with people internationally; and there are many varied work opportunities beyond this, from HR professionals to team managers, compliance managers to financial experts.
So to reiterate: there are many job opportunities in Gibraltar for English speakers. Of course, it helps to speak English, but there are training organisations here in Gibraltar, including the University of Gibraltar, which will support those who need to learn or brush up their English language skills. And let’s be real, technology often transcends spoken languages! So while there are many jobs for British people in Gibraltar, people from other countries with the right skills are very welcome here too.
Sectors to work in, here in Gibraltar
One of the things I love about the job market in Gibraltar is the variety of opportunity there is here. I know many people who came over to Gibraltar with the gaming industry and true, there are many gaming jobs here. Besides the fact that most of the world’s major gaming companies are based in Gibraltar, the fact that gaming went online and continues to grow means that there are many online gaming jobs with a base in Gibraltar. From personal experience, I know that there is a lively community of young professionals working in the gaming industry in Gibraltar in a whole variety of jobs. My best friend is an HR manager for one gaming firm, her husband is a corporate lawyer for a different gaming company and their son came back from university last year and took on a poker job in Gibraltar for a third company! Working for the gaming industry in Gibraltar seemed to work well all round for them!
But it’s not all about gaming, or even financial services, which as I have already said, is an important sector in Gibraltar’s economy, especially with Gibraltar’s close links to the City of London which is arguably the world’s most important financial services centre.
Gibraltar’s community needs skilled professionals to fill a number of social jobs – social workers, childcare workers, elderly care professionals and so on. Many work for Gibraltar’s civil and public services and for some of the private sector organisations that support their work. There are also numerous hospital jobs in Gibraltar. These vary from consultant medical experts, nursing staff, doctors, physiotherapist, ophthalmologists, operation theatre professionals among others and also auxiliary teams, to private sector dental care teams and orthodontists. The health sector is important here in Gibraltar, and also requires complementary professionals such as pharmacists.
When to this list you add construction jobs, finance sector jobs, property sector jobs, retail and wholesale sector jobs, shipping sector jobs, distribution sector jobs, security sector jobs, telecommunications sector jobs….you can see that Gibraltar is a small city of vast opportunities! So come over, and find your own, unique, Gibraltar career!