March 2023 PM Update from Madrid



By Alfonso Bucero

International Correspondent

Madrid, Spain

Spanish companies demand certified project managers

“PMP certifications are beginning to be in high demand since there is a clear trend of project work in many areas within companies.”

Eva Santos (born in Salamanca on 1990), Head-hunter specialist in the pharmaceutical sector at Morgan Phillips, Bachelor of Psychology and Master in HR, reveals the latest trends in recruitment and the impact that COVID-19 has had and continues to have on selection processes

What are the main motivations of candidates when looking for a job?

Priority is increasingly being given to reconciling family and professional life. The great motivators when changing companies are the flexibility of schedules and teleworking, where the most flexible days without fixed entry time and freedom for remote work are highly valued. Also, salary packages are important that include a wide range of social benefits such as life insurance, pension plan, transport assistance, company car, gym cost subsidies, employee stock plan, bonuses, etc. Although the relevance of projects and professional development are the main motivation of candidates when making the decision to accept an offer from a company.

What is the added value in the selection processes by headhunting companies?

The headhunting professional is able to reach the passive candidate who is not looking for a job, since competitiveness between companies is increasing and the most competent candidates are the most desired. In this way, head-hunters also act as brand ambassadors for our clients to attract talent. From the point of view of the candidates, we accompany them very closely throughout the selection process, helping them in the preparation of the interviews, doing follow-up and support tasks, as if we were a kind of mentors.

Do new trends exist in job search processes?

In the era of digitalization, the image and brand of the candidate within professional social networks becomes the protagonist. The profile picture, publications and articles are essential to enhance contacts within the sector and contribute to this positioning. It is already a long way off when CVs were sent by letter to companies.

How do technology platforms help attract talent?


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How to cite this report: Bucero, A. (2023). March 2023 Project Management Update from Spain: Spanish companies demand certified project managers, PM World Journal, Vol. XII, Issue III, March. Available online at: https://pmworldjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/pmwj127-Mar2023-Bucero-Regional-Report-Spain-English.pdf

About the Author

Alfonso Bucero

Madrid, Spain


Alfonso Bucero, MSc, CPS, ACE, PMP, PMI-RMP, PfMP, SFC, IPMO-E, PMI Fellow, is an International Correspondent and Contributing Editor for the PM World Journal in Madrid, Spain. Mr. Bucero is also founder and Managing Partner of BUCERO PM Consulting.  Alfonso was the founder, sponsor and president of the PMI Barcelona Chapter until April 2005, and belongs to PMI’s LIAG (Leadership Institute Advisory Group).  He was the past President of the PMI Madrid Spain Chapter, and then nominated as a PMI EMEA Region 8 Component Mentor. Now he is a member of the PMIEF Engagement Committee. Alfonso has a Computer Science Engineering degree from Universidad Politécnica in Madrid and is studying for his Ph.D. in Project Management. He has 32 years of practical experience and is actively engaged in advancing the PM profession in Spain and throughout Europe. He received the PMI Distinguished Contribution Award on October 9th, 2010, the PMI Fellow Award on October 22nd 2011 and the PMI Eric Jenett Excellence Award on October 28th, 2017.

Mr. Bucero can be contacted at alfonso.bucero@abucero.com.

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