Find qualified talent in Barcelona-Catalonia

Qualified talent for your operations is readily available in Barcelona-Catalonia with one of the most skilled workforces in Europe located here, and where over 50% of working women in Catalonia have a university degree, exceeding the Spanish and EU average.

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A major pool of qualified local and international talent.

We’ve got a university for that

Catalonia is home to some of the best universities in Europe and produces a huge number of talented professionals yearly.

  • 12 universities
  • 591 degrees
  • 687 Master’s programs

Furthermore, the public Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya - BarcelonaTech (UPC) ranks 1st in Europe in scientific production in the field of Mathematics and Computer Sciences, while the Pompeu Fabra University is also considered the 15th best young university in the world, 7th in Europe and 1st in Spain.

Another public university, the University of Barcelona, is also considered the 7th best in Europe. Our university education is also backed up by an efficient vocational dual training system closely connected to market needs. All in all, we can safely say that we have one of the most skilled workforces in Europe, and Catalonia is one of the best places to work in Europe.

We don’t just know how to do business; we know how to teach it too

Barcelona is Europe’s only city with three business schools–IESE Business SchoolESADE, and EADA Business School – in the 1st3rd, and 16th positions of the global Top 20 Business Schools.

According to the Financial Times Executive Education Ranking 2023:

  • IESE Business School ranks first globally in the open-enrolment ranking and second in the combined table.
  • IESE Business School, EADA Business School, and ESADE are among the 25 top best Business Schools in the world. 

And across the boards, the numerous Catalan business schools have a well-earned reputation internationally for producing excellent business talent, meaning that international students in MBA courses have a significant presence.

Talent attracts talent

Qualified talent recruitment in Barcelona and Catalonia is easy. As seen above, local talent abounds, but a combination of a dynamic professional atmosphere, a great lifestyle, and even better career possibilities make us a magnet for skilled foreign professionals.

  • Barcelona is one of the best cities to work in Europe.
  • The capital of Catalonia ranks among the top 10 cities in the world to work abroad.
  • Barcelona is also the 5th European city in creative and knowledge-based jobs.
  • With international residents making up 16.3% of the population, the cultural diversity and cosmopolitan character mean global business fits right in from day one.

A global hub for tech professionals

International tech talent in Barcelona and Catalonia is here to stay, where they can find some of the best job opportunities in Spain. On average, they fill some 30% of all positions in ICT technology sectors, especially in cybersecurity, Big Data, and app development. Some of the best tech programs in Spain and the world can also be found here, where Barcelona’s ISDI Coders is named as having the 2021 Best Coding Bootcamp globally.

“Barcelona is an appealing city to live and work in and a great hub in terms of innovation and talent attraction”

Jordi Ribas, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft

“In Barcelona there are universities, schools and specialized training that is feeding the talent that we need in the videogame industry”

Javier Capel, Studio Manager at Ubisoft Barcelona

  • 1st in the world

    IESE Business School ranks 1st for executive education

  • 289,369 STUDENTS

    There are 289,369 university students in Barcelona-Catalonia

  • Top 10

    Barcelona ranks among the top 10 cities in the world to work abroad

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