I had a Skype exchange on Friday with a colleague of mine who I'd worked with in Germany. Knowing that I was having one of my occasional "rest" periods in Madrid, he pointed me to a job position that might be of interest. Based in Madrid, the job is for a senior programmer in my field, with the requirements - being a "senior" position - of appropriate qualifications and several years experience. Then there is the salary; 25-30,000 per annum. Euros I assume, although it could have been in dollars. Life in Spain must be very cheap, he suggested. Not so, I replied. Not any more. He couldn't believe that a position with such high requirements would offer such a low salary. It's not just unemployment that makes many Spaniards look overseas for better prospects.