With the support of

Banc Sabadell

With the methodological
partnership of

DYM Market Research

Barcelona Global is a private, independent and non-profit association made up of 100 of the city's leading companies, research centers, entrepreneurs, business schools, universities and cultural institutions, and more than 700 professionals aiming to make Barcelona one of the world's best cities for talent and economic activity.

The survey is devoted to better know and understand the needs and challenges of Barcelonians by choice; talented people who decide to work, live, invest, create, and startup in Barcelona.

The first edition was initiated in 2013 and has since been launched every 2 years.

After analyzing the results of the past surveys, Barcelona Global has actively worked towards helping integrate international professionals into the Barcelonian society and business world by launching initiatives such as Talent Gate, Benchmark Fiscal, Hola Barcelona! Cocktail, Hola Barcelona! Dinners, Hola Barcelona! Pack, and the Partner Program.

Project

The targets of the survey are the talented internationals living and working in Barcelona and are categorized as follows:
CEOs
and Business
Executives
Principal Investigators of R&D Centres
Top level
Investors and
Entrepreneurs
Creative
Minds, Artists
and Athletes
The survey asks questions regarding the following subjects:
Reason
to Come
Working
Conditions
Doing
Business
Social
Integration
General
Perception
Education
Living
Conditions
This 2017 edition has been sponsored by Banc Sabadell and launched with the support of Instituto DYM as well as with B. Sebastian Reiche, Associate Professor of Managing People in Organizations at IESE Business School.

The survey has been designed with the commitment and involvement of international organizations and an Advisory Committee of 22 international experts.

Barcelona Global has launched the third edition of the International Talent Monitor in January, with the survey being distributed in April, and final results presented in September 2017.

Partners

This new edition is made possible by the support of our partners
Partners who are connecting us to internationals in their network:

Advisory Committee

The role of the Advisory Committee is to provide expertise and advice as well as act as International Talent Monitor ambassadors.
Gonzalo Rodés

Gonzalo
Rodés
Chairman of Barcelona Global

Conxa Oliu Creus

Conxa
Oliu
Director Sabadell Professional i BStartup at Banc Sabadell

Carlos Clavero

Carlos
Clavero
President of DYM

B. Sebastian Reiche

B. Sebastian
Reiche
IESE Business School
Associate Professor of Managing People in Organizations

Olessya Assimova

Olessya
Assimova
Editor in Chief at INDEED Magazine

Bibiana Ballbè

Bibiana
Ballbè
Founder & Director at TheCreativeNet

Sara Berbel

Sara
Berbel
General Director at Barcelona Activa

Natalia Borovkova

Natalia
Borovkova
Director at Escoles Infantils Happy Way

Fergus Dunn

Fergus
Dunn
Commercial Manager at OC Sport

Manuel Ehrensperger

Manuel
Ehrensperger
Owner of The Bowl Station

Anna Gener

Anna
Gener
Director at Aguirre Newman

Daniel Huguet

Daniel
Huguet
Owner & Director at Luxury Real Estate

Thérèse Jamaa

Thérèse
Jamaa
General Manager at GSMA

Jeroen Merchiers

Jeroen
Merchiers
General Manager North, East & South of Europe + Russia at Airbnb

Lloyd Milen

Lloyd
Milen
British Consul-General in Barcelona, Balearic Islands & Andorra

Mark Pingitore

Mark
Pingitore
Director of the American School of Barcelona

Emilià Pola

Emilià
Pola
Executive Director at ICREA

Laurent Renard

Laurent
Renard
Co-founder & CEO of Toro Development

Arancha Ruiz

Arancha
Ruiz
Headhunter & Talentist

Cecilia Tham

Cecilia
Tham
Open Innovation Strategist. Founder of Fabcafé

Jelena Trajkovic

Jelena
Trajkovic
Head of Global Digital Hub at Nestlé

Sonia Velasco

Sonia
Velasco
Partner at Cuatrecasas

Results

Quantitative Results of Barcelona Global’s International Talent Monitor. Work, Business and Life in Barcelona.

Respondents profile

Top 10 nationalities

France
14.9%
Italy
13.8%
Germany
11.8%
United Kingdom
9.8%
United States
7.3%
Netherlands
4.8%
Spain
3.9%
Argentina
2.4%
Portugal
2.4%
Belgium
2.2%
Brazil
2.2%

Top languages spoken

English
95.2%
Spanish
75.6%
French
37.1%
German
22.5%
Catalan
20.6%
Italian
17.9%
Portuguese
8.7%
Dutch
6.6%
Russian
4.3%
Swedish
2.8%

District in Barcelona

L'Eixample
21.9%
Sarrià - Sant Gervasi
13.7%
Ciutat Vella
12%
Sant Martí
9.3%
Gràcia
7.5%
Sants - Montjuïc
5.3%
Horta Guinardó
4.2%
Les Corts
3.1%
Sant Andreu
2.1%
Nou Barris
1.6%

City (when not living in Barcelona)

Sant Cugat
3.8%
Castelldefels
3.1%
Sant Just Desvern
1.2%
Gavà
1%
Sitges
0.6%
El Masnou
0.5%
Cerdanyola
0.4%
Badalona
0.2%
Begues
0.2%
Cubelles
0.2%

Main Industry

Technology
13.2%
Research
11.1%
Education
8.2%
Financial
6.2%
Consulting
6.1%
Health
6%
Services
5.3%
Tourism
4.8%
Media
4.3%
Biotechnology
3.4%

Annual Income

50,000 or less
55.4%
50,001 - 75,000
14.1%
75,000 - 100,000
11%
100,001 - 150,000
9.7%
150,001 or more
9.8%

Reason to Come

2017
2015
2013
0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25%
0% 25%
           

Graduate / post doctoral studies

15%
17.6%
23.4%

Appointment by a university or research centre

8%
10.9%
12.7%

A new job in a Spanish firm

14.4%
10.9%
10.9%

A new job in a foreign firm

10.3%
8.1%
6.7%

Relocated by my company

8%
10.5%
8.3%

Entrepreneurial venture

7%
7.2%
4.8%

Sabbatical period or general appeal of the city

7%
6.9%
3.4%

Followed my spouse/partner’s job

15%
5.9%
7.2%

A freelance job

1%
1.5%
1.6%

Other reason

14%
11.2%
20.4%
2017
2015
0% 20% 40% 50% 60%
0% 30% 60%
         

Both equally

54.5%
55.3%

Professional or business opportunities

19.5%
23.7%

Lifestyle

26%
20.9%
2017
2015
1
Not
important
2
Quite
unimportant
3
Somewhat
unimportant
4
Neutral
5
Somewhat
important
6
Quite
important
7
Very
important
1
Not
important
4
Neutral
7
Very
important
             

Salaries

4.5
4.2

Job market / economic crisis

4.4
3.9

Cost of living

4.1
3.9

Troubles dealing with bureaucracy

3.7
3.9

Use of Catalan language

3.0
3.3

Political situation

3.1
3.1

Cultural difference

3.3
3.1

Lack of knowledge of English language among the local population

3.0
2.9
2017
2015
2013
1
Did not learn
anything from
this source
2
Did learn
very little from
this source
3
Did learn
just a little from
this source
4
Neutral
5
Learned
somewhat
a lot
6
Learned
quite a lot
from this
7
Learned
a lot from
this source
1
Did not learn
anything from
this source
4
Neutral
7
Learned
a lot from
this source
             

People who knew Barcelona

4.9
4.8
5.0

A previous leisure visit

4.9
4.6
4.6

A previous business visit

3.6
3.7
3.8

Media (TV, newspapers, magazines, online media, reports about Barcelona)

3.7
3.5
2.6

Institutional promotion of the city (by public administrations, e. g. Ajuntament, Government of Catalonia)

2.3
2.1
2.0

Working Conditions

2017
2015
0% 25% 50% 75% 100%
0% 50% 100%
         

Yes

88.9%
92.0%

No

11.1
8.0
2017
2015
2013
1
Very
unsatisfied
2
Quite
unsatisfied
3
Somewhat
unsatisfied
4
Neutral
5
Somewhat
satisfied
6
Quite
satisfied
7
Very
satisfied
1
Very
unsatisfied
4
Neutral
7
Very
satisfied
             

Work / Leisure balance

5.4
5.3

Recognition of my professional qualifications

5.2
5.2
5.0

Professional culture in Barcelona (creativity, entrepreneurial spirit, etc.)

5.0
5.0
4.4

Recognition of my educational credential

4.9
5.0

Use of English in my professional environment

5.0
4.9
4.5

Local openness towards international professionals

4.9
4.8
4.4

Ease of making professional connections

4.6
4.6
4.3

Professional culture in Barcelona (effective leadership, accountability, etc.)

4.2
4.2
3.8

Fair and merit-based possibilities of career advancement

4.0
4.1
3.6

Individual income tax

3.7
3.4
3.3

Private financing

3.6
3.3
2.2

Competitive salary relative to other countries

3.2
3.0
2.8

Corporate taxation relative to other countries

3.5

Legal certainty and stability

3.5

Assistance to entrepreneurship

3.8

Provision of work permits for foreigners

3.7

Provision of licenses and activity permits

3.4
2017
2015
0% 25% 50% 75% 100%
0% 50% 100%
         

Yes

49.0%
13.0%

No

51.0%
87.0%
2017
2015
2013
1
Very
unsatisfied
2
Quite
unsatisfied
3
Somewhat
unsatisfied
4
Neutral
5
Somewhat
satisfied
6
Quite
satisfied
7
Very
satisfied
1
Very
unsatisfied
4
Neutral
7
Very
satisfied
             
5.0
5.0
4.3

Doing Business

2017
2015
0% 25% 50% 75% 100%
0% 50% 100%
         

I am managing or have managed a business here

18.5%
24.5%

I am starting up or have started-up a business here

14.4%
17.3%

I am investing in or have invested in a business here

6.6%
8.6%

I am managing or have managed a business from Barcelona that is located elsewhere

6.6%
8.3

None of the above

67.4%
59.6%
2017
2015
2013
1
Very
unsatisfied
2
Quite
unsatisfied
3
Somewhat
unsatisfied
4
Neutral
5
Somewhat
satisfied
6
Quite
satisfied
7
Very
satisfied
1
Very
unsatisfied
4
Neutral
7
Very
satisfied
             

Overall satisfaction of running a business in Barcelona

4.6
4.4
3.7

Overall satisfaction of investing in a business in Barcelona

4.2
3.8
3.5

Overall satisfaction starting-up a business in Barcelona

4.4
3.7
3.0

Workforce

Very
unsatisfied
Quite
unsatisfied
Somewhat
unsatisfied
Neutral Somewhat
satisfied
Quite
satisfied
Very
satisfied
Very
unsatisfied
Neutral Very
satisfied
             

Ease of attracting international talent

5.0
4.8
4.5

Labor cost

4.7
4.5
4.3

Qualified local workforce

4.6
4.2
4.0

Flexibility in labour laws (i. e. hiring/firing)

3.8
3.4
2.7

English proficiency of local workforce

3.5
3.1
2.7

Diversity of workforce

4.6

Ethics in Barcelona's business environment

4.3

Administration

Very
unsatisfied
Quite
unsatisfied
Somewhat
unsatisfied
Neutral Somewhat
satisfied
Quite
satisfied
Very
satisfied
Very
unsatisfied
Neutral Very
satisfied
             

English proficiency of public officials

3.5

Availability of public websites, forms and applications in English

3.5

Public policy regarding international business attraction

3.6

Quality of universities and research centers in Barcelona

5.2

Collaboration between universities / research centers and firms

4.6

Sociopolitical climate in Barcelona

3.7

Infrastructure of international connectivity (i. e. port, airports, train, etc.)

5.9

Office space (i. e. availability, quality and cost)

5.0

Satisfaction - Ease of making business connections

4.6
2017
2015
2013
1
Not helpful
at all
2
Quite
unhelpful
3
Somewhat
unhelpful
4
Neutral
5
Somewhat
helpful
6
Quite
helpful
7
Very
helpful
1
Not helpful
at all
4
Neutral
7
Very
helpful
             

Private providers from Barcelona
(e. g. "gestorías de empresa"; business parks)

4.3
4.2
3.7

Public institutional services: Local
(e. g. Barcelona Activa, Ajuntament, etc.)

4.1
3.9
2.8

Public institutional services: Regional
(e. g. Catalonia Trade & Investment / ACCIÓ, Government of Catalonia, Mossos d'Esquadra etc.)

3.6
3.2
2.8

Public institutional services: National
(e. g. Agencia Tributaria [Hacienda], NIE/NIF - Policía Nacional, Visas, Seguridad Social, etc.)

3.4
2.9
2.8
2017
2015
1
Not
important
2
Quite
unimportant
3
Somewhat
unimportant
4
Neutral
5
Somewhat
important
6
Quite
important
7
Very
important
1
Not
important
4
Neutral
7
Very
important
             

Foreign markets (Europe)

5.4
5.4

Foreign markets (Rest of the World)

5.3
5.0

International clients settled in Barcelona

4.9
4.6

Spanish market, excluding Barcelona

4.6
4.6

Local people / firms / institutions from Barcelona

4.8
4.4

Social Integration

2017
2015
2013
1
A very difficult
challenge
2
Quite a difficult
challenge
3
Somewhat a
difficult challenge
4
Neutral
5
Somewhat an
easy challenge
6
Quite an easy
challenge
7
Not at all
challenge
1
A very difficult
challenge
4
Neutral
7
Not at all
challenge
             

My family's adaptation to life here

5.4
5.4
5.2

Difference between my cultural and social values and those of local Barcelonians

5.1
5.0
4.8

Language barrier because of my poor level of Spanish

4.7
4.9
5.0

Making friends with local Barcelonians

4.3
4.2
3.9

General English familiarity of local Barcelonians

4.3
4.1
3.3

Language barrier because of my poor level of Catalan

4.0
4.1
3.7

General English familiarity of people working in public administration

3.4
3.3
3.0
2017
2015
2013
1
A very difficult
challenge
2
Quite a difficult
challenge
3
Somewhat a
difficult challenge
4
Neutral
5
Somewhat an
easy challenge
6
Quite an easy
challenge
7
Not at all
challenge
1
A very difficult
challenge
4
Neutral
7
Not at all
challenge
             

Empadronamiento

4.9
5.0
5.0

Social security / healthcare registration

4.6
4.5
4.1

Visas

4.5
4.3
3.4

Driver's license

4.2
4.0
2.4

Resident permits / NIE

4.0
4.0
3.7

Fiscal obligations

4.2
4.0
2017
2015
1
Never
2
Almost never
3
Not often
4
Neutral
5
Often
6
Almost
all the time
7
All the time
1
Never
4
Neutral
7
All the time
             

Other expatriates

5.4
5.4

Local people from Barcelona

4.8
5.1

People from my own country

4.5
4.5

Spanish people who have relocated recently to Barcelona

4.5
4.5
2017
2015
2013
1
Not helpful
at all
2
Quite
unhelpful
3
Somewhat
unhelpful
4
Neutral
5
Somewhat
helpful
6
Quite
helpful
7
Very
helpful
1
Not helpful
at all
4
Neutral
7
Not helpful
at all
             

Network of colleagues

5.3
5.1
5.1

Children's school

4.5
4.8
5.0

Sports clubs

3.7
3.7
3.3

Formal business networks and clubs

3.8
3.7
3.5

Neighbors

3.4
3.4

Cultural associations

3.5
3.3
3.1

Online social networks (e. g. Facebook, LinkedIn groups)

3.8
3.2
2.7

Barcelona Global

3.7
2.9

Religious community

2.4
2.1
2.7
2017
2015
2013
1
Not helpful
at all
2
Quite
unhelpful
3
Somewhat
unhelpful
4
Neutral
5
Somewhat
helpful
6
Quite
helpful
7
Very
helpful
1
Not helpful
at all
4
Neutral
7
Very
helpful
             

Network of friends and acquaintances

5.8
5.7
5.7

Online travel guides, websites

4.1
3.9
4.0

Online social networks (e. g. Facebook, LinkedIn)

3.8
3.0
3.3

Public institutions (i. e. Ajuntament de Barcelona, Catalonia Trade & Investment / ACCIÓ)

3.1
2.7
3.1

Private relocation companies

2.6
2.5
3.8

Consulate

2.6
2.4
3.0

Institutional accommodation agencies (e. g. those that belong to universities)

2.5
2.4
3.5

Foreign Chambers of Commerce

2.3
2.2

Barcelona Global

2.8
2.2
2017
2015
2013
0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50%
0% 50%
           

It is enriching my personal experience

28.5%
22.0%
22.0%

It is not affecting my experience in any relevant way

32.3%
24.3%
22.4%

It poses me a higher adaptation challenge but I can cope with it

21.0%
32.6%
33.7%

It is making my experience rather unsatisfactory

9.8%
14.2%
11.7%

It is affecting me to the extent that I am considering leaving the city mainly because of this reason

5.3%
4.9%
5.1%

D/N

3.1
2.1
2017
2015
2013
1
Not at all
4
Neutral
7
Completely
1
Not at all
4
Neutral
7
Completely
     
4.6
4.7
4.3
2017
2015
1
Not at all
willing
2
Quite
unwilling
3
Somewhat
unwilling
4
Neutral
5
Somewhat
willing
6
Quite willing
7
Very willing
1
Not at all
willing
4
Neutral
7
Very willing
             
5.6
5.9
1
Not at all
4
Neutral
7
Completely
1
Not at all
4
Neutral
7
Completely
     
5.5
1
Not at all
4
Neutral
7
Completely
1
Not at all
4
Neutral
7
Completely
     
4.7
1
Very
unsatisfied
2
Quite
unsatisfied
3
Somewhat
unsatisfied
4
Neutral
5
Somewhat
satisfied
6
Quite
satisfied
7
Very
satisfied
1
Very
unsatisfied
4
Neutral
7
Very
satisfied
             
5.3

Education of children

2017
2015
0% 25% 50% 75% 100%
0% 100%
         

No

66.6%
51.5%

Yes

33.4%
48.5%
0% 25% 50% 75% 100%
0% 100%
         

1

32%

2

49%

3 or more

17%
2017
2015
1
Not helpful
at all
2
Quite
unhelpful
3
Somewhat
unhelpful
4
Neutral
5
Somewhat
helpful
6
Quite
helpful
7
Very
helpful
1
Not helpful
at all
4
Neutral
7
Very
helpful
             

Friends, colleagues or relocation companies

5.5
5.5

School websites

4.7
4.5

Other Internet sources

4.0
3.8

Public administrations (e. g. Ajuntament, Government of Catalonia)

2.8
2.4

Relocation companies

2.4
2017 Satisfaction
2015 Satisfaction
2017 Importance
2015 Importance
1
Very
unsatisfied
2
Quite
unsatisfied
3
Somewhat
unsatisfied
4
Neutral
5
Somewhat
satisfied
6
Quite
satisfied
7
Very
satisfied
1
Very
unsatisfied
4
Neutral
7
Very
satisfied
             

Children’s integration within the school

6.1
6.1

Quality of education offered in the school

5.0
5.5
6.6
6.6

Education in Spanish

4.9
5.0
5.3
5.5

Education in English

4.9
4.8
5.2
5.4

Education in Catalan

4.3
4.5
3.3
3.2

Education in French

4.3
4.2
3.4
3.4

Education in another language (Top 4 languages: German, Italian, Mandarin, Arabic)

3.9
4.1
4.1
3.6

Non-Spanish curriculum (e. g. American, French, German, etc.)

5.2
5.2
4.2
5.2

Proximity of the school to my house

5.4
5.2
5.2
5.1

Ease of getting children accepted in the school because of enrollment capacity

5.3
5.0
4.8
5.0

Parent community

5.1
5.0
4.9
4.6

Public transportation / private school bus

5.2
4.8
4.1
             
1
Not important
at all
2
Quite
unimportant
3
Somewhat
unimportant
4
Neutral
5
Somewhat
important
6
Quite
important
7
Very
important
1
Not important
at all
4
Neutral
7
Very
important
2017
2015
0% 25% 50% 75% 100%
0% 100%
         

A different school overseas

2.1%
2.1%

International school in Barcelona

46.5%
53.5%

Private local school in Barcelona

15%
12.2%

Concertada (Publicly-funded, independent school)

25.2%
18.5%

Public local school in Barcelona

15.2%
20.4
1
Very
unsatisfied
2
Quite
unsatisfied
3
Somewhat
unsatisfied
4
Neutral
5
Somewhat
satisfied
6
Quite
satisfied
7
Very
satisfied
1
Very
unsatisfied
4
Neutral
7
Very
satisfied
             
5.0

Living Conditions

2017
2015
2013
1
Very
unsatisfied
2
Quite
unsatisfied
3
Somewhat
unsatisfied
4
Neutral
5
Somewhat
satisfied
6
Quite
satisfied
7
Very
satisfied
1
Very
unsatisfied
4
Neutral
7
Very
satisfied
             

Price of housing for rent

3.0
3.7
3.4

Housing quality

3.5
3.5
3.6

Price of housing for buying

2.8
3.1
2.8
2017
2015
2013
1
Very
unsatisfied
2
Quite
unsatisfied
3
Somewhat
unsatisfied
4
Neutral
5
Somewhat
satisfied
6
Quite
satisfied
7
Very
satisfied
1
Very
unsatisfied
4
Neutral
7
Very
satisfied
             

Weather

6.5
6.5
6.4

Presence of an international community in the city

5.8
5.7
5.5

Availability of natural spaces (e. g. green areas, beaches)

5.4
5.4
5.0

Openness of Barcelonians towards diverse personal lifestyles

5.2
5.0

Safety (i. e. lack of crime)

5.1
5.0
4.6

Healthy environment (i. e. lack of pollution)

4.0
4.2
4.0

Public spaces per neighbourhood (e. g. library, civic centers, religious sites)

5.6

Urban planning of public spaces (i. e. street amenities such as playgrounds, parks)

5.3

Art performances (e. g. theatre, classical and popular music)

5.7

Restaurants / gastronomy

6.3

Cultural attractions (e. g. museums, conferences, exhibitions)

5.9

Sports facilities and settings

5.7

Public healthcare system

5.0

Private healthcare system

5.5
2017
2015
1
Not important
at all
2
Quite
unimportant
3
Somewhat
unimportant
4
Neutral
5
Somewhat
important
6
Quite
important
7
Very
important
1
Not important
at all
4
Neutral
7
Very
important
             

Mobile and Internet Banking Facilities

6.3
6.3

Easiness and efficiency of banking procedures

6.1
6.2

Commissions and Fees

6.0
6.1

Branch network

4.9
5.0

Expertise and knowledge of my account manager

4.9
4.9

Finance facilities

4.7
4.7

Assessment on savings/investments

4.3
4.2

English service (from branch staff, bank communications, internet, etc.)

3.7
3.6
2017
2015
0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60%
0% 30% 60%
             

Personal recommendation

50.8%
48.4%

Location (near your home, near work or another central location)

29.4%
34.1%

Ease of operating online / mobile

23.5%
22.4%

Brand recognition

15.7%
17.7%

Economic conditions

14.8%
14.9%

International presence

10.2%
13.1%

Employer company

10.3%
10.6%

Professional recommendation from my relocation

8.2%
8.4%

Finance of home purchase

4.3%
8.0%

Internet search

9.3%
6.9%

Recommendation from the bank in former place of residence

2.1%
3.8%
0% 25% 50% 75% 100%
0% 100%
         

To operate and contract services only remotely through my mobile/remote account manager, English spoken

66.1%

Dealing always personally with your account manager at the branch

33.9%
2017
2015
1
Very
unsatisfied
2
Quite
unsatisfied
3
Somewhat
unsatisfied
4
Neutral
5
Somewhat
satisfied
6
Quite
satisfied
7
Very
satisfied
1
Very
unsatisfied
4
Neutral
7
Very
satisfied
             
5.9
5.9

General Perception

2017
2015
0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50%
0% 50%
           

I am not considering leaving Barcelona

44.6%
37.5%

I will leave Barcelona within a few years from now

19.0%
17.0%

I will leave Barcelona in the distant future

10%
7.5%

I am unsure

26.4%
35.1%
2017
2015
0% 25% 50% 75% 100%
0% 100%
         

New job or job transfer

46.8%
70.5%

Better opportunity elsewhere

63.4%

Economic situation

25.4%
31.6%

Difficulty of my spouse/partner to find an adequate job in the city

19.2%
25.9%

Political situation

12.7%
25.5%

Children's education

13.7%
17.0%

Tax issues

10.2%
13.7%

Retirement

7.7%
5.4%
2017
2015
0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50%
0% 50%
           

Is working in Barcelona

48.6%
48.1%

Is working elsewhere physically

6.6%
9.0%

Is working elsewhere virtually

4.4%

Is not working or looking for a job

8.6%
11.7%

Is looking for a job in Barcelona

10.6%
10.2

Does not apply / I do not have a partner

21.3%
21.1%
* Today
Upcoming 2 years
Since 2015
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 4 7
             

Quality of life (6.0*)

5.1
4.7

Transportation (5.9*)

5.4
5.0

International connectivity (5.8*)

5.4
5.1

Cultural amenities in the city (5.7*)

5.1
4.8

Sport environment (5.7*)

5.3
4.9

Universities (5.6*)

5.1
4.8

International talent attraction (5.3*)

5.2
4.9

Tourism (5.1*)

4.8
4.4

Innovation (5.1*)

5.1
4.7

Safety (5.1*)

4.6
4.3

Educational offer for children (5.0*)

4.7
4.4

Research (4.9*)

4.9
4.5

Social integration of foreigners (4.8*)

4.7
4.5

Openness of the society towards internationals (4.4*)

4.7
4.4

Business environment (4.7*)

4.8
4.5

Investment (4.5*)

4.8
4.5

Healthy environment (4.2*)

4.2
3.8

Legal certainty and stability (4.2*)

4.1
3.8

Cost of living (4.1*)

3.3
3.3

Wealth tax (3.8*)

4.0
3.8

Level of English (3.7*)

4.6
4.3

Administrative processes (3.7*)

4.0
4.0

Income tax (3.7*)

3.6
3.6

Corporate tax (3.6*)

3.8
3.7

Political situation (3.5*)

3.5
3.2

Housing market (3.3*)

3.1
3.0

Competitiviness of salaries (3.3*)

4.0
3.7
2017
2015
0% 25% 50% 75% 100%
0% 100%
         

London

20.6%
20.1%

Paris

19.1%
22.6%

Madrid

9.7%
10.6%

New York City

8.2%
11.8%

Milan

6.6%
6.6%

Rome

6.6%
4.9%

Amsterdam

6.4%
6.8%

Berlin / Brussels

6.2%
5.5%

Frankfurt

4.5%
6.2%

San Francisco / Boston

4.3%
6.0%
0% 25% 50% 75% 100%
0% 100%
         

Less than 2 countries

33%

2-4 countries

55%

5 or more countries

12%
0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50%
0% 50%
           

San Francisco

8%

London

7.3%

New York City

6%

Amsterdam

5.9%

Madrid

5.8%

Berlin

5.3%

Paris

4.2%

Sydney

4.2%

Vancouver

2.7%
2017
2015
1
I would strongly
discourage him/her
to come
2
I would quite
discourage him/her
to come
3
I would somewhat
discourage him/her
to come
4
Neutral
5
I would somewhat
encourage him/her
to come
6
I would quite
encourage him/her
to come
7
I would strongly
encourage him/her
to come
1
I would strongly
discourage him/her
to come
4
Neutral
7
I would strongly
encourage him/her
to come
             
5.2
5.2
2017
2015
1
Not at all
2
Quite not
3
Somewhat not
4
Neutral
5
Somewhat
6
Quite
7
Completely
1
Not at all
4
Neutral
7
Completely
             
5.5
5.3
0% 25% 50% 75% 100%
0% 100%
         

English

95.2%

Spanish

75.6%

French

37.1%

German

22.5%

Catalan

20.6%

Italian

17.9%

Portuguese

8.7%

Dutch

6.6%

Russian

4.3%

Swedish

2.8%
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 4 7
             
5.5
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 4 7
             
3.0

Team

The Barcelona Global International Talent Monitor Team
Mateu Hernández

Mateu
Hernández
CEO of Barcelona
Global

Carine Lebecque

Carine
Lebecque
International Talent
Monitor Director
at Barcelona Global

Sophia Jumatate

Sophia
Jumatate
Project Management Intern from Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals

Contact

Avinguda Diagonal 579, 3a
08014 Barcelona
T +34 93 67 61 250
itm@barcelonaglobal.org
www.barcelonaglobal.org