Working freelance is another option in Spain and the paperwork is manageable when you get used to it! Again
though it pays to do some research first as the market for your particular area of expertise may be very
different in Spain. At the very least you will probably have to settle for a lower hourly rate than you would
get for the same work in the UK. If you have a trade then you will probably find there is demand for your work,
but you may have to register with the appropriate Spanish professional body before you are allowed to work.
Admittedly, many British trades-people do not do this, but then many of them are fraudsters. IT professionals
do not have to register with anybody but again will find they have to compete with all manner of cowboys offering
very cheap rates (and shoddy service).
If you work freelance you will have to pay all of your own social security contributions (min E225 per month)
plus 20% of all quarterly profits as an advance tax payment (but you can usually claim most of this back at the
end of the year). It is also worth noting that all self employed people have to charge IVA (Spanish VAT) where
appropriate, and that outstanding amounts have to be paid quarterly.