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Our location: GibraltarGibraltar is a peninsula on the southern tip of Spain and as a British overseas territory it belongs to the European Union. The approximately 7 km² peninsula is home to 30,000 inhabitants, as well as the 426 m high "Rock."
We are located in Gibraltar because as well as the close proximity to our most important partners such as PartyGaming, Mansion, bwin or 888.com, the city has a good infrastructure, is part of the EU economic area and enjoys a stable legal situation. English is the official and professional language, but almost every Gibraltarian speaks Spanish too.
The main advantages for our team are the climate and an affordable tax system with minimal bureaucracy. The standard of living is very high due to British standards regarding infrastructure, technology and the judiciary system, as well as the Mediterranean lifestyle which is reflected in the friendliness of the people, the recreational activities and fine Andalusian foods.
You can read more about Gibraltar in this article from 'The Guardian':
›› The Guardian's special report on Gibraltar
Gibraltar for new citizensWe are also happy to inform new employees, and of course anyone else who is interested, about the particularities of living and working in Gibraltar and what you need to pay attention to. We will stick to a condensed version for now.
Gibraltar is pretty simple for EU citizens: you are free to enter, stay and work. For non-EU citizens, we offer the best possible assistance.
The public health system meets high British standards and the infrastructure is well developed. A solid tax system and lack of bureaucracy are pleasant parts of life in Gibraltar.
The real estate market has profited from many new development projects and the construction done in the recent boom years, but the cost of rent is still higher than across the border in Spain.
The cost of living is normal for Europe, but the tax system makes some products such as alcohol, cigarettes and petrol much cheaper than in other EU countries.
Living in Gibraltar and SpainBoth locations have different advantages when it comes to renting and accommodation. Gibraltar, for example, is one of the safest places on Earth and living in Gibraltar guarantees having a short distance to travel to work, as well as avoiding the queues at the Spain-Gibraltar border. Everything you need for living is available close at hand in Gibraltar and nearly 100% of the people you’ll meet here speak fluent English.
In Spain, the rental prices for apartments are quite a bit lower, while the choice of commercial facilities is higher. In general, Spain is the more financially viable place to live, but it does have its downside. If your accommodation is not close to the border, you’ll need a vehicle. And if the vehicle is anything other than a bicycle or a moped, you’ll have to contend with the daily queue at the border, which lasts an average of 30 minutes. Additionally, the unfavorable parking conditions in Gibraltar will cost you more time.
Finding accommodation in Spain, as in Gibraltar, is fairly quick. It’s perfectly okay for you to start looking only after you’ve arrived, as you can stay in a company apartment during the first month. We recommend that you engage local real estate agencies, be it in Spain or Gibraltar.
Monthly rental for a medium standard studio apartment in Gibraltar starts at about £500 and about €400 in Spain. The rent for a similarly furnished two bedroom apartment starts at about £750 in Gibraltar and around €500 in Spain.
Before you make a decision about where you want to live, as a new PokerStrategy.com employee, you can spend four months rent-free in one of our company apartments. During this time, you can exchange ideas with your new colleagues and get their opinions on the topic. A lot of employees like to create shared apartments with their colleagues, which is also an option you might like to consider.
You can find out more about living and working in Gibraltar below, where you'll also find useful links, for example to help you find a flat:
›› More about living and working in Gibraltar
Tax in GibraltarGibraltar operates two different tax systems. The choice is left up to each tax payer individually and which is more beneficial depends on income and personal circumstances. The 'Gross Income Based System' is the most popular system amongst our employees, although the 'Allowance Based System' is also offered.
›› Furthere information about the tax system in Gibraltar
Poker in GibraltarFor those of you who regularly pay out poker winnings, it will be of interest for you to know that it is legal to play and that pay outs from poker earnings are tax free in Gibraltar. good news for ambitious online players.
Recreation in GibraltarFor such a small place, there are a lot of recreational activities to choose from in Gibraltar. The peninsular offers a modern recreation centre called 'King’s Bastion', with bowling alleys, a cinema and an indoor ice-rink.
Gibraltar also offers a wide range of fitness and health clubs, with something for everybody's wallet. The cheaper clubs normally offer a wide array of modern fitness equipment, while clubs from a higher price category often also include pools, saunas and other spa elements.
›› A fitness club: Ocean Village Health Club
However, Gibraltar has much more to offer than just what's mentioned above. You can spend your free time rock climbing, at the beach or in the casino. Don't forget, Spain is just a stone's throw away, opening a world of possibilities, from paintball to kite and wind surfing or mountain biking, the list goes on. There are more options available too if you join in our internal football, badminton or poker tournaments.
Gibraltar in historySince ancient times, Gibraltar has been considered one of the 'pillars of Hercules', observing the entrance from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean. Gibraltar has a varied history as a strategically important peninsular. The Romans occupied, followed by the Visigoths, the Moors and the Spanish as a result of the Reconquista.
In 1704, Austrian troops conquered Gibraltar for England; it still belongs to the Island today. Spanish and French troops repeatedly tried to win back the stronghold, sometimes with occupations lasting years. This part of its history is still very much evident in Gibraltar today from its 'Siege Tunnels' and other fortifications.
The tension between Spain and England over Gibraltar's status endures today, although it has little effect on the day to day run of things.
Traditionally a tourist trap and a centre for the shipping industry, Gibraltar has experienced an unparalleled upswing over the past years thanks to financial centres and online gaming companies such as William Hill, Bet365, Betfair Poker and not least, PokerStrategy.com.
The Mediterranean climate shapes the mild winters and warm summers and the economic upswing coupled with its proximity to Spain ensure a high quality of life.
›› More about Gibraltar's history
The Spanish region of Andalusia, with its spectacular nature, rich culture and delicious culinary products, borders Gibraltar directly.
There's a lot you can do close by. Kite surfing, scuba diving, paintballing, sailing and mountain biking are ready and waiting for you, just a few kilometres away in Andalusia. It only takes 90 minutes by car to reach cities like Cadiz, Malaga and Seville, as well as the ski slopes of Granada's Sierra Nevada.
Anyone who enjoys Mediterranean cooking will do well here. With just 87,000 km² and 8 million inhabitants, Andalusia produces an impressive 30% of the world's olive oil.
The Spanish city of La Línea de la Concepción, with its 63,000 inhabitants (twice the size of Gibraltar) is located directly across the border. Anyone wishing to reside here should take the chance to learn Spanish. In addition to its many small bars and restaurants, La Linea also boasts some interesting sights and beautiful beaches.