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The ICT sector in Spain
ICT is one of the fastest growing industries in Spain in the last decade and a key commitment of the central government and different Spanish regions. Turnover in the ICT industry in Spain reached 115 billion euros in 2018, or 4.1% of GDP.
There are clusters or technological parks in practically every region in Spain. More than 35,000 Spanish and foreign ICT companies operating in the country directly employ more than 500,000 workers.
Spain's commitment to Information and Communication Technologies is linked to its European vocation and the conviction that in order to develop local industry and modernize the business structure, ICT must be reinforced, given the impact it has on improving productivity and business competitiveness, as well as its role in reshaping the business model.
As a member of the European Community, Spain provides a location for business consistent with its EU partners and, currently supports strategic projects included in the Digital Agenda for Europe.
The Spanish ICT sector can be divided into four broad categories of activity:
The Spanish Video Game sector, which is often considered separate from the ICT sector, had €1,480 million in revenue in 2019. It is equivalent to 0.11% of Spanish GDP and it employs 9000 people in 520 companies.
Our country not only has a broad spectrum of players – more than 15 million – and an extensive market – in 2019, 8.4 million videogames and 1.1 video-consoles were purchased – but it also has a powerful development industry.
The video game industry in Spain also accounts for 14.3% of the country’s publishing sector, 9.6% of its audiovisual production sector (cinema, video, television and music), 3.8% of its programming sector and data processing and 3.2% of the telecommunications sector.
These figures make Spain the ninth leading global power in terms of turnover - a top 10 made up of the United States and China.
Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia, and Tenerife all rank in the worldwide top 50 of best places to work if you’re a digital nomad. Also some other cities as Alicante and big Andalusian cities (Seville, Málaga) offer good conditions for digital nomads, and are sometimes supported by regional or local authorities through the creation of suitable co-working spaces for them. Spain does not offer, however, the possibility to get a digital nomad visa for third nationals.
Madrid is home to 1,235 tech startups, but because they are small and relatively new, they do not attract large investments. Barcelona, on the other hand, entered the competition earlier, with some projects launching at the end of the 1990s.
To create a company in Spain may take some time due to:
(i) the time required to open a bank account and
(ii) the register it in the Spanish Commercial Registry.
If you want to work as self-employed (known as autónomo) in Spain: Being autónomo means that you contribute to the Spanish social security system and have to declare your earnings and pay tax and VAT (or IGIC in Canary Islands). It costs 50 euros for the first six months, 134 euros for the second year and 186 euros per month up to 18 months after starting your activity.
If you start an online business in Spain selling digital products, services or courses, you don’t have to register a company and start paying taxes and social security from day one. Spain allows online business people to start up before they register as self-employed, pay taxes or even open a company.
So, all you have to do when you start is get your online business running. Once you make your first sale, you register with the Spanish tax authorities (Hacienda), and keep your invoices. You can even register online.
You will also have to declare your earnings every quarter, depending on your economic activity.
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