For many living and working in Ibiza is a wonderful experience, but there are some things you must know before droping by in Ibiza.
If it’s your first time living and working in Ibiza you’re more than likely going to get fed up of people asking you “is it your first year?” all the time, all the while thinking “is it that “obvious?”. You put on your best poker face and answer yes, feeling a little bit awkward as the other person smirks, but relax, it’s happened to everyone, and next year it’ll be you asking the question.
I’m going to try to help you take to the island like a fish to water, just so things won’t take you by surprise
1. Looking for work
Make finding work your number 1 objective. In the following article, you have tips for finding work. It’ll help you get the best start. Don’t forget to check out the best job offers in the post “The best job offers of Ibiza“.
2. Working Week
If you’re used to 40-hour working weeks, be ready to say goodbye. Don’t be surprised if they ask you to work 48-50 hour weeks.
3. Work Shifts
It’s highly likely that you won’t have set work shift. There will probably be a daily, weekly or monthly rota.
As an example
A clothes shop down by the port could have two shifts, 10am – 6pm or 5pm to 1am.
A barman in a disco might work from 11pm to close, and closing might be at 7am, 8am, or 9am in the morning.
The working hours and rhythm of the work is marked by the tourists, that’s to say in July and August the opening hours of the shops, restaurants, bars and discos all get longer and you should be ready to have to work almost endlessly.
4. Free Days
If you have one free day a week you’re lucky, two free days is a luxury, and if you get two days off together, you’ve just hit the jackpot because it’s almost impossible.
Normally in July and August you don’t get a single day off, the rest of the season you might get some breathing space.
A great part of working in the tourist industry will involve speaking in English, French, German and Russian. If you want to work in a customer facing position, you going to have to brush up on your languages. If you’re an English speaker, you’re going to have a lot of doors opened for you.
If you work in hospitality (waiter/cook/kitchen help/glass collector/ dish washer/etc.) on top of your basic salary, you’ll also get tips. In some places they’re divided according to the employee’s rank, or everyone will get the same amount. Some are given out once a week, month or at the end of the season, all depending on the businesse’s customs.
If you work in a clothes shop or a car rental company you might have to reach certain sales targets if you want to earn that little bit more.
7. Length of the Season
The highest demand for employees occurs from May to October, with the busiest months being July and August.
You can find jobs
For just 2 months (July/August)
For 4 months, (May/June/July/August)
Or if you’re very lucky for 6 months (May/June/July/August/September/October)
8. House Hunting
Finding a place to live in Ibiza has become your main goal. Every year is getting more complicated to find accommodation in the island due to the amount of supply and demand that there is. Many are those who maintain the house all year round to avoid going through the odyssey of searching for house, apartment or room. In recent years the situation is becoming unsustainable, there are many groups against such as this group of facebook “Ibiza affected with rents“.
9. Accommodation Prices
The price of a rented room should be between €300-€400, but recently we’ve seen some disgusting prices at around the €600 mark, just to share a room or even €700 for a couch so keep searching until you find something reasonable.
The cost of renting a house can also vary depending on whether you’re going to rent the house for an entire year (€800 a month) or just during the working season (€1,200 a month), but just like we’ve seen with rooms to rent, the prices of houses have also changed for the worse, with some small, 2-bedroom apartments in the port of Ibiza going for €1,400 a month, so really it’s up to you what you’re willing to pay.
10. Areas to Live
Ibiza and its surroundings: Ibiza puerto, Ibiza ciudad, Jesús, Puig d’en Valls, Sant Jordi de ses salines, Figueretes, Playa d’en Bossa.
Sant Antoni and its surroundings: Cala Bou, Sant Antoni pueblo, Ses païses, Sant Rafael.
The road from Ibiza to Sant Antoni is a two lane motorway, practically free from traffic jams, so working in one place or another, the commutes are quick, although you may notice its impact in the amount of petrol you use.
Santa Eulalia d´es Riu and surroundings: Es Canar, Cala Llonga, Sant Carles, are all pretty relaxed and reasonably priced areas. if you’re looking to work in the north of the island it’s a pretty good place to base yourself.
The road linking here to Ibiza city is a single lane road, so traffic jams are common place at any time of the day.
Car or Motorbike? If you’re looking to commute easily to discover the essential things to do in Ibiza, you’ll definitely need them. I’ve been a motorbike driver for many years, and I have to confess, I much prefer to travel by car in Ibiza, the bike is very dangerous here.
Every year it becomes a bigger problem, “car rentals” expand their fleets, city hall make more pedestrian streets… If you work in an area with complicated parking or a blue zone, try to not get the car or have a look at the surrounding areas, there’s sure to be somewhere nearby with decent parking facilities.
IBIZA CENTRE AND PORT IS MAINLY BLUE ZONE
30 min – 0,50 euros
1 hour – 1 euro
2 hours – 2 euros
SUMMER SCHEDULE: (From June 1 to September 30)
Monday to Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Sundays and Holidays: Unregulated
WINTER SCHEDULE: (From October 1st to May 31st)
Monday to Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Sundays and Holidays: Unregulated
Keep an eye on where you’re doing your weekly shop, “a prop”, “sa compra” and “Próxim are all a little bit more expensive.
I’d recommend: Mercadona (There are two in Ibiza town: one near Ibiza town and another near Sant Jordi, one in Sant Antonio and another in Santa Eulalia), Lidl (There are two in Ibiza town: one near Figueretas and another one in Can Bufi, one in Sant Antonio) and Eroski (You have several centers spread all over the island ..
14. Resident Card
Being a resident of the Balearic Islands has its advantages: discounted flights and ferry, entry into discos etc. You should go ask at your local town hall, you can only apply for the resident card if you have a rental contract. How do I get my travel and registration certificate in Ibiza?
15. Medical Card
If you don’t apply for residency and get the accompanying medical card for the Balearic Islands, you can apply for a “Temporary Displacement Card” from your local medical centre, giving you 6 months of cover. How do I obtain the Health Card in Ibiza?
16. Going Out
Every day of the summer months is a Saturday so get yourself organised and don’t think you’ll be going out every day of the week like some super hero. Try to get some sleep or you’ll want to die during your shift.
If you work the morning shift, don’t worry, there are parties at the hotels with beach clubs every evening.
17. Season Passes/Lists
At the beginning of the season the PRs from the discos give out season passes (cards) among the workers of the island, if you’re lucky you’ll get one.
If you don’t get one try get on a list for discounted or free entry to the parties.
There are some parties that offer residents’ cards to be able to enter for free at parties such as ANTS.
The summer gets very hot, with temperatures reaching around 30 degrees everday in July and August. On top of that humidity reaches 100% so get ready to sweat all day.
19. Going on the Dole
The season has ended and you want to go on social welfare. In every autonomous community there’s a certain way of going about this, in Ibiza you need to make two appointments
SOIB (Servicio Ocupación de las Islas Baleares) 012
SEPE (Servicio Empleo Público Estatal) 971 980 779
More detailed info in this article 😉
20. Sending packages
If you have to send your things the peninsula or vice versa “Correos” (Spanish national postal service) is you’re best option. The biggest box they have costs €4 and the price is approximately €1/kg
Enjoy your season!
If you want to know 10 things not to do in Ibiza, don’t miss this article.
Original text by: Sheila Martínez