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According to a recent survey by staffing agency Randstad Spain unemployment among foreign workers in Spain has reached 28% compared to a national average of 18%. There are now more than 500,000 unemployed foreign workers in the country.
According to the survey foreign employees tend to work in less qualified positions such as retail and the hotel/catering industry (246,000 registered foreign job seekers) and construction (148,000 registered foreign job seekers), which are the industries that have most suffered in this current recession.
The report shows that even though their qualification level is on average much higher than that of their Spanish-born counterparts, foreigners work in such less qualified positions because they can't find any other jobs quickly enough.
Foreign workers are also far more flexible than those who are Spanish-born. 70% of foreign job seekers would work anywhere in Spain. Only 50% of Spanish-born job seekers would consider moving outside their home town.