Spanish National Situation of Employment
Whether you are an employer in Spain with the intention of hiring foreign employees, or a young professional looking for a future, the National Situation of Employment will be, without a doubt, the biggest obstacle you will face while hiring and applying for jobs in Spain.

So what is the National Situation of Employment in Spain?

In a nutshell, the National Situation of Employment (NSE) is the mechanism that the Spanish Government employs in order to discourage the hiring of foreign workers (non-EU).

It basically boils down to the following reasoning: “If the unemployment rates in Spain are high, you have no reason to hire a foreign worker instead of a Spanish one”.

This obstacle, if not actively confronted when applying, may well be the sole responsible for the rejection of your application.

Is the National Situation of Employment still an issue in Spain?

Yes. Since the employment crisis in Spain seems endless, having started almost a decade ago and with no prospect of being over soon, you may find yourself losing all hope of a professional future in the country.

Are there ways to overcome this obstacle?

Fortunately, avoiding the NSE, while hard, is not completely impossible.

On a quarterly basis, the Spanish Public Service of Employment issues a report listing the positions of difficult coverage (meaning, positions that, at the moment, have a demand greater than supply).

Any position or profession that is included in that list is automatically given a pass, with regards to that obstacle at least.

Before considering anything else, you might really want to take a look at that list.

What if my position isn’t included in the list?

Well, should your profession not be included on this list / report (which, in all honesty is a likely possibility) then there are always other ways. The Government understands that, sometimes, job offers might be really specific and detailed and that it would unreasonable to make the employer search forever.

This is why the Administration gives employers the possibility to issue a public offer of employment before the PSE. If said offer remains unanswered for fifteen days, the PSE will produce a certificate accrediting the impossibility to cover the position.

This certificate will act as an additional justification to overlook the National Situation of Employment.

Can Lexidy help me overcome the National Situation of Employment

Yes, an as always, this is only the tip of the iceberg, as we have only explained the two most common resources one has in order to skip the NSE obstacle.

The Spanish Immigration Law establishes dozens of other applicable cases, and one or more of them may be applicable to you.

If you want to know more, then get in touch and we will gladly handle your application – and you may find yourself working in Spain even before than you imagined.