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What is coworking?

When establishing an appropriate workplace, many freelances, small businesses and, in general, independent professionals, find a problem: prices of locals ands offices are unaffordable for many of these entrepreneurs that, especially at the beginning, can not make a large outlay in renting space and equipment. As a solution to this problem comes the coworking. Do you want to know what is it about?

The coworking concept was born in 1999, but it was in 2005 when Brad Neuberg created the first collaboration space in San Francisco: a loft where three freelances worked. Today, it is estimated that there are over 2,000 coworking centers worldwide.


These spaces are ready to welcome professionals from any sector as long as they carry out their activities in an habitual environment with regular office equipment. As a rule, local facilitates furniture -tables, chairs, cupboards, cabinets…-, internet, printer and meeting room. In exchange, professional disburse an amount depending on their needs of use of the coworking space: if its for a specified period of time or indefinitely. In any case, rates will always be much lower than for the traditional rental office.

Advantages of coworking

According to the Infojobs website, as stated in the Spanish newspaper El Economista, the main benefit is precisely the economic savings in rent, computer, internet, water consumption and electricity … Since expenses, distributed among several workers, are much minors.

But it is not the only advantage, as the relationships generated within these spaces may prove fruitful collaboration. Professionals from different sectors come into direct contact and may establish labor negotiations and share useful information for both parties.

It also has its downside

Logically, coworking also has a negative side. To Infojobs, the primary drawback is that times are sacred, as another user might be waiting for us to finish in order to begin his duty. So, unlike in an office, it is not possible to lengthen a little the day or finish that last project before the end of the day.

In addition, there is also a lack of privacy compared to workinn in your own office or telecommuting, not to mention the possibility of excessive noise -or silence-.

We’re betting on local hiring for ACCIONA’s expansion in Brazil

Brazil is a strategic country that holds a number of business opportunities for our main Divisions dedicated to energy, infrastructure and water. From the outset of our activities in the country, back in 1996, we’ve made a fivefold increase in local hiring, the business portfolio has increased twelve-fold and our local workforce has tripled. These are just a few of our main projects in Brazil, most of which belong to our infrastructures arm:

• Design and construction of the outer seawalls of the shipyard at the port of Açu (São João da Barra, Rio de Janeiro).
• The construction of Banco Santander’s LatAm Data Processing Center, in Campinas (São Paulo).
• The Design, Build, Finance and Operation concession for the BR 393 toll road, a 200km roadway that runs between the states of Minas Gerais and Rio de Janeiro).

Our team fosters the values of environmental respect and social responsibility; together with our innovative and pioneering vision, they enable us to help society grow and develop. We are looking for qualified people with a similar outlook and we’re betting on hiring people from where the projects are located and the surrounding area. This way, we aim to help create jobs in the region. If you’re interested in working at ACCIONA, take a look at the vacancies available and send us your CV through our Employment Channel.

Gerardo Lara
Human Resources ACCIONA S.A.